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  • After Algerian landslide, what next?

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation — what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in power since 1999 and deal with an…

    Associated Press
  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe slams Europe's 'homosexual nonsense'

    Zimbabwe's strong man ruler Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe's "homosexual nonsense" and condemned the refusal of its leaders to accept his grip on power in his latest marathon tirade on Friday. "The Europe of yesterday is gone, we have a Europe of today which has no principles at all," the…

    AFP
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  • Strike-hit South Africa platinum miners unveil new pay offer

    The new terms would raise the total pay and benefits for an underground miner at the Implats, Amplats and Lonmin companies by 7.5-10.0 percent a year on average. The total remuneration package would rise to 12,500 rand ($1,188, 860 euros) a month by July 2017, marking a significantly bigger…

    AFP
  • Algeria's ailing president, 77, wins 4th term

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced Friday by the Algerian government.

    Associated Press
  • Factbox: Algeria's Bouteflika, aging independence veteran, wins re-election

    Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won re-election for another five-year term with an officially tabulated 81.53 percent of the vote, despite suffering a stroke last year. He is seen by supporters as a symbol of stability after he helped to lead Algeria out of a civil war that lasted more…

    Reuters
  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand

    COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

    Associated Press
  • Shot DR Congo park director evacuated to Nairobi

    The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot…

    AFP
  • South Sudan deploys army to guard U.N. base after attack kills dozens

    By Carl Odera NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday. Locals pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering…

    Reuters
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  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika poised to clinch 4th term

    Ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika was poised to clinch a fourth presidential term despite chronic health problems after Algerians voted Thursday in an election that saw 70 people wounded in protests. In his first public appearance in two years, a smiling Bouteflika arrived at a voting centre…

    AFP
  • Nigerian state, army says most abducted schoolgirls still missing

    By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's northeast Borno state said on Thursday only 20 of up to 129 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels were back with their parents, and the military retracted an earlier statement in which it said it had freed most of them. The armed forces said…

    Reuters
  • Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

    PARIS (AP) — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said.

    Associated Press
  • Diepsloot: Where South Africa's problems meet

    Diepsloot (South Africa) (AFP) - The tavern in Diepsloot township on the outskirts of Johannesburg starts filling up early on a Friday. There's no job!" says unemployed 29-year-old Elias, summarising the dashed hopes of many tens of thousands who flock to South Africa's economic hub from…

    AFP
  • Senegal ex-president's son to be tried for corruption

    The flamboyant "super minister" son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade is to be tried in June for corruption, a judicial source said Thursday, after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1 billion. Karim Wade, 45, has been accused to have acquired by corrupt means companies and real…

    AFP
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  • Soweto: From bullets to BMWs

    Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - Sunday afternoon is showtime in Soweto, a time when it seems everyone in South Africa's iconic township is out on the streets strutting their stuff. An armada of sleek German sedans -- the must-have ride for South Africa's black nouveau riche -- slithers along the…

    AFP
  • Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick

    Rio Tinto workers in Namibia who mined uranium to supply the British and American militaries in the 1970s are suffering from cancer and other illnesses, a study has found. A joint study by charity Earthlife Namibia and activists at the Labour Resources and Research Institute showed that workers…

    AFP
  • Mozambique rebels inch toward deal on joining army

    Mozambican rebel group Renamo said Thursday it had reached an understanding with the government to integrate its fighters into the national army and police under the supervision of international observers. Renamo spokesman Adriano Muchunga said international military experts would help identify…

    AFP
  • Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed.

    Associated Press
  • Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday amid blistering attacks on his credibility by a prosecutor…

    Associated Press
  • S.Africa, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

    Kruger National Park (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa signed an anti-poaching agreement on Thursday with neighbouring Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia. Mozambique is a prime source of illegal hunters hired and armed by transnational crime syndicates to cross…

    AFP
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