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South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance to Juba govt
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba - a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future....

Gabon opposition candidate decries high court ruling
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Opposition candidate Jean Ping vowed to not back down from his pursuit of the presidency hours after the constitutional court upheld the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for nearly half a century....

Uganda: Police stop gay pride parade deemed illegal
ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan police on Saturday prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister who said such an event is illegal....

Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down.
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- Gabon opposition candidate Jean Ping decries court ruling upholding incumbent's victory, vows not to back down....

Global efforts against ivory traffickers still falling short
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Poaching syndicates shipped large amounts of African elephant ivory last year despite global calls to dismantle the trafficking networks that often collude with corrupt officials, conservationists said as an international wildlife conference opened Saturday in South Africa....

Burundi: Thousands protest UN report citing rights abuses
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Thousands of people have staged a protest in the Burundian capital over a United Nations report that accuses the government of carrying out serious rights abuses....

'We are thirsty' say Tunisians as drought creates tensions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating new social tensions and threatening farming, a pillar of the economy....

Egypt moves to tighten borders after migrant ship tragedy
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered the tightening of border security after more than 160 mainly Egyptian migrants died when their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean, a tragedy that highlighted the extent of Egypt's economic woes....

Egypt TV news boss fired for airing wrong el-Sissi interview
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of news in Egypt's state television has confirmed he was fired after the network mistakenly aired an old interview with the country's president instead of one he gave this week....

Egypt eases fungus ban on wheat imports after seller outrage
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt has lifted a ban on even trace amounts of fungus in its wheat imports, after sellers enraged by Cairo's demands boycotted tenders, threatening the supply of the world's largest importer of the grain....