Editor in South Sudan is released on bail
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An editor in South Sudan says that prominent journalist Alfred Taban was released on bail Friday after being held for two weeks ago following the publication of an editorial calling on the country's president and vice president to resign....

Thousands gather in Congo's capital in rally for president
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Thousands of Congolese gathered in the capital's main stadium to show support for the president, who is about to begin talks ahead of the November elections amid expectations that the polls will be delayed....

South African twin brothers plotted violence, court hears
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- One of the South African twin brothers charged with plotting to blow up the U.S. embassy in Pretoria, allegedly asked the Islamic State group to send money and provide training for them to carry out a suicide bombing campaign in the country....

Tribunal orders Chad ex-ruler to pay millions to victims
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A tribunal ordered Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre on Friday to pay more than 4,700 victims at least $17,000 each for abuses suffered during his time in power....

UN suspends aid to dangerous areas of northeast Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The United Nations is suspending aid to dangerous areas of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, where it says a half million people are starving, after Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy....

UN must improve peacekeeping in South Sudan, say aid groups
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war, said 10 relief organizations working in the country....

Zimbabwe pastor calls for massive but peaceful uprising
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Zimbabwe pastor who launched a social media campaign criticizing the government and then left the country for his safety is calling for a massive but peaceful uprising....

Egypt convicts top anti-corruption official of 'false news'
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted the country's former top anti-corruption official of "spreading false news" over a damning report he had issued, sentencing him to a year in prison that he must pay fines to avoid....

Egypt hosting high-profile Libya talks to ease deadlock
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt is hosting high-profile talks among Libya's top political and military figures aimed at resolving the war-ravaged country's political deadlock, officials said Thursday....

Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons
CAIRO (AP) -- In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardize Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse....