South African man pleads not guilty in family axe murder
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an axe has pleaded not guilty....

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia
DJIBOUTI (AP) -- Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday....

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday....

AP Explains: How Kenya's drought has turned into violence
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The shooting of a novelist and conservationist in Kenya has drawn attention to the violent tensions between landowners and herders who are trying to keep their animals alive in a widespread drought....

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others....

No one detained over South Sudan civilian killings, UN says
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The United Nations' top human rights official in South Sudan says no one has been detained in connection with recent killings of civilians in the western town of Wau....

Premature hippo a happy hit for Ohio zoo after gorilla death
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A prematurely born hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo has been providing regular doses of happiness for animal lovers....

Egypt president in Saudi Arabia to reaffirm ties
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in his first visit to the kingdom since a rare public spat last year erupted over diverging policies on Syria....

Rights group: Halt Egypt aid over video showing executions
BEIRUT (AP) -- An international rights group late Friday urged suspension of military aid to Egypt after video leaked by an Islamist TV channel showed troops appearing to carry out cold-blooded executions of as many as eight detainees in the northern Sinai Peninsula, where the army is embroiled in battles with the Islamic State militant movement....

Israel reopens Egypt crossing after security assessment
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has reopened its border crossing to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula shut over a week ago over intelligence warnings of possible attacks....