West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a midnight military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power late Wednesday....

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50
GAO, Mali (AP) -- A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region....

AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis....

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil....

Video posted of sexual assault sparks outrage in Somalia
HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) -- A video showing four men sexually assaulting a young woman has sparked outrage across Somalia....

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the death toll could significantly rise....

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades....

Egypt puts soccer star Aboutrika on no-fly, terror list
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities have placed one of the country's all-time greatest soccer players on a terror watch and no-fly list, over accusations he helped finance the Muslim Brotherhood, now banned as a terrorist organization, judicial officials said Wednesday....

Egypt making progress with economic reform plan, IMF says
CAIRO (AP) -- The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that Egypt is making progress with its economic reform program, although it will still take time to improve living standards in a poor country beset with rocketing inflation....

Egypt says gunmen kill 8 policemen at desert checkpoint
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian Interior Ministry says gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in the country's desert west, killing eight policemen....