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APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking....

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....

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....

Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation....

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....

Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday....

Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north....

Gunmen kill police captain, conscript near Cairo
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen killed a police captain and a conscript in a firefight on a desert road outside Cairo on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said, in the second such attack in three days to target Egypt's security services....

Al-Qaida chief blesses attacks on Egypt security
CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians....

In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash
CAIRO (AP) -- Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary....