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  • Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election.

    Associated Press18 mins ago
  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
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  • Pope makes Easter plea for Ukraine peace after gunbattle

    Pope Francis urged the international community to "prevent violence" in Ukraine in his Easter Sunday message after pro-Russian insurgents in the east of the country reported four people killed in a gunbattle. "We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine," the…

    AFP29 mins ago
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war…

    Reuters43 mins ago
  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

    Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - West Africa's first outbreak of Ebola fever is bad news for gourmets in Ivory Coast, but brings respite from the hunter to species sought out for tasty meat but feared to carry the disease. Hunters and restaurant owners in the central Ivorian town of Bouake are upset…

  • Carlyle launches sub-Saharan Africa fund

    Carlyle this week became one of the first major private equity players to launch a dedicated sub-Saharan Africa fund, underscoring the growing investor interest in the continent's growing middle class. The US-listed alternative investment manager has raised $698 million (505 million euros) --…

  • Quigg stops Munyai to keep WBA super-bantam title

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Scott Quigg of Britain retained his WBA super-bantamweight title by stopping substitute Tshifhiwa Munyai of South Africa in the second round on Saturday.

    Associated Press
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  • Crusaders continue mid-season charge

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Seven-time champions the Crusaders continued their mid-season revival in Super Rugby with an 18-17 win over the Chiefs to lift themselves into the playoffs zone and to second place in the New Zealand conference.

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  • Trescothick ready to help Trott

    Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has said he is willing to help Jonathan Trott in his struggle with a stress-related illness after a similar condition ended his international career. Trott, who made a brief comeback after returning home following England's opening loss in a 5-0 Ashes…

  • Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

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  • Syria rivalry sharply splits jihadist ranks

    Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global militant ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad. And while senior leaders of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under…

  • Young Algerians say Bouteflika win dashes hopes for change

    A day after Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term, many young people in the oil-rich nation wonder if the next generation will ever have a chance to rule. Results announced on Friday by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz showed that Bouteflika, 77, won 81.53 percent of the…

  • Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital

    Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists. The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters…

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  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

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  • Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

    Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. The New York Times reported on Thursday that a plane owned by the Bank of Utah was parked in Mehrabad Airport in…

  • Crusaders edge Chiefs 18-17 in Super Rugby

    HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Flyhalf Colin Slade kicked six goals, taking advantage of a one-sided penalty count, to boost the Crusaders to an 18-17 win over defending champions the Chiefs in Super Rugby on Saturday.

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  • Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey's Syrian border

    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found…

  • Strife-weary C.Africans nostalgic for bloody 'emperor'

    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - In the nightmare of the strife-torn Central African Republic, many citizens have begun to long for the "good old days" of Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the emperor who became infamous for his brutality yet worked economic wonders in their eyes. Some residents of the…

  • Nigeria Islamists still holding 85 schoolgirls after raid: state

    Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a raid on a secondary school in northeastern Borno state this week, although the other 44 were free, the state government said on Saturday. Monday's mass abduction of schoolgirls aged 15 to 18 by Boko Haram, who…

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