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AP Explains: Why African states have started leaving the ICC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Until last week, no country had withdrawn from the International Criminal Court. Now, three African states - South Africa, Burundi and Gambia - have made official decisions to leave. Gambia announced its decision late Tuesday. Concerns are high that more African countries now will act on years of threats to pull out amid accusations that the court unfairly focuses on the continent. Here's a look at what it all means....

Truck of refugees hits Boko Haram mine in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Military officials say a truck carrying refugees to a newly liberated town exploded a land-mine in northeast Nigeria and wounded several people....

Nigerian leader asks for $30 billion in foreign loans
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari wants $30 billion in foreign loans for infrastructure and other projects over the next three years to overcome a recession in Africa's biggest economy....

South African police use stun grenades on student protesters
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech....

South African photographer Juda Ngwenya is remembered
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Juda Ngwenya, a former South African photographer for the Reuters news agency, was remembered on Wednesday for skillfully recording some of the most pivotal moments in his country's transition from white racist rule to multi-racial democracy. He was also remembered as a friend, a mentor and a smart dresser....

ISIS-linked militants seize port town in northern Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Residents say fighters linked to the Islamic State group have seized an ancient port town in Somalia's semiautonomous northeastern state of Puntland....

Gambia says it is leaving International Criminal Court
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia has become the third African nation to say it will leave the International Criminal Court, deepening fears of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities....

Egypt upheld life sentence for Muslim Brotherhood leader
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has upheld life sentences against the top leader of the country's now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and 36 others, including former ministers, in murder and violence charges, and upheld death sentences against 10 others tried in absentia....

AP PHOTOS: Egyptian fishing town hosts wall art festival
BURULLUS, Egypt (AP) -- For the third successive year, an Egyptian fishing town has hosted a unique art festival that attracts participants from home and abroad....

Israeli killed by gunfire from Egypt on border
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli was shot and killed near a border fence with Egypt on Tuesday, Israel said, in an incident that an Egyptian official said occurred when an Egyptian soldier mistook him for an illegal migrant and opened fire....