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Correction: Burundi-Missing Journalist story
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- In a story July 27 about a journalist missing in Burundi, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jean Bigirimana was arrested on his return to the country. He was arrested a few weeks after his return....

Congolese musician in jail, accused of assault on dancer
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The lawyer for a popular Congolese musician says he has spent two nights in jail in Kinshasa under provisional arrest after being accused of assaulting a female member of his band....

Zimbabwe police detain spokesman of former loyalist group
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned on President Robert Mugabe last week and called him dictatorial, raising concerns that a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters has begun....

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues
BOSTON (AP) -- A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family's seafaring past. Just be warned: You might not like what you find....

Opposition leader returns to Congo after 2 years away
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- The leader of Congo's main opposition party returned to the country Wednesday after two years away for medical reasons and as tensions grow ahead of November presidential elections....

Mugabe: 'Severe' punishment for loyalists after criticism
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's 92-year-old president on Wednesday said the longtime loyalists who turned against him last week should face "severe" punishment, and he vowed to stay in power for "a long time."...

Report: Burundi militia raped women with opposition links
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- Members of the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party have gang-raped women and girls related to people accused of opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday....

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....

Egypt asks IMF for $12 billion loan amid struggling economy
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt is in the "final stages" of negotiating an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to secure a $12 billion loan over three years, while targeting more loans totaling $7 billion annually, according to a Cabinet statement....