Suspected jihadists attack northern Burkina Faso towns
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Authorities in Burkina Faso say suspected jihadists have attacked two communities in the north while an international film festival takes place in the capital....

Telecom giant MTN lists 2016 losses from Nigeria fine, forex
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- African telecommunications giant MTN warned shareholders Monday to expect big losses caused by a $1 billion regulatory fine in Nigeria, damaging foreign exchange rates and a share offering to promote black empowerment in South Africa....

AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror - waged in the name of the Lord....

UN: Attack helicopters halt Central African Republic rebels
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- The United Nations says its forces used attack helicopters to subdue rebels in Central African Republic....

Fiery NC church leader could be mistaken for successful CEO
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) -- She looks like a successful businesswoman, with her neatly coifed blonde hair, St. John business suit, flashy diamond rings and jewelry dangling from her wrist. And she has devoted followers - an entourage - that hang on her every word and carry out her orders without question....

Police officer: Not clear if ransom was paid for Germans
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian police say it is not clear if a ransom was paid for the release of two German archaeologists freed by their kidnappers over the weekend....

South Africa reports drop in rhinos killed by poachers
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa says poachers killed 1,054 rhinos in the country last year, a 10.3 percent drop from 2015....

Egyptian police arrest 22 over riot in coastal city
PORT SAID, Egypt (AP) -- Security officials say police have arrested 22 people after hundreds went on a rampage in Egypt's coastal city of Port Said to protest death sentences for 10 residents for their part in a deadly 2012 soccer riot....

IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death....

Egypt's parliament expels lawmaker who had criticized it
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's parliament has expelled a lawmaker who spoke out against alleged corruption and criticized the body for its handling of human rights issues....