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Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said....

13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram
KANO, Nigeria (AP) -- A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north....

US removes Gambia from trade agreement
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement, apparently in response to human rights abuses....

Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Alice Marke and her family aren't celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night....

Traffic ban to avoid Christmas attacks in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian authorities are banning traffic in two northeastern states where they say Islamic extremists are plotting massive attacks over Christmas....

Zimbabweans give new coins the cold shoulder
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Coins introduced by Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank earlier this month are receiving a cold reception from locals who are fearful this could be the first step to replacing the U.S dollar with the ruined Zimbabwean dollar....

Rights group urges UN to stop Nigerian executions
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A leading Nigerian human rights group is asking U.N. rapporteurs to help try to stop the mass executions of soldiers sentenced to death by firing squad for refusing to fight Islamic militants....

Egypt tattoo artists meet in Cairo, aim to break taboos
CAIRO (AP) -- In Egypt, where tattoos are widely considered taboo, organizers have held a convention to challenge stereotypes and show-off the ink designs as an art form....

Al-Jazeera shuts down its Egypt channel
CAIRO (AP) -- The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network on Monday shut down its Egypt channel, quieting a major source of tension between the two countries at a time when regional efforts are underway to reconcile between the two countries over the Gulf nation's support for Islamists....

Gunmen shoot, seriously wound Egypt military officer
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen on a motorcycle shot an Egyptian military officer, seriously wounding him as he walked to work in a Cairo neighborhood, the military said Monday....