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Niger army pushes Boko Haram fighters from island
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Government officials say Niger's military has total control of the island of Karamga in Lake Chad after an attack by Boko Haram on its positions there....

Armed group, allied with Mali government, attacks town
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An armed group allied with Mali's army has attacked a town in the country's north, a Tuareg rebel group and an official said Monday....

Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country's gay people....

SAfrica: Charity, solidarity arise in anti-foreigner attacks
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Recent attacks on immigrants and their businesses in some parts of South Africa revealed anger over limited economic opportunities and a degree of intolerance, but they also gave rise to charity and solidarity....

Burundi protests persist over president's third term bid
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Streets protests hit Burundi on Monday as anger swelled over the ruling party's decision to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term, which many say is unconstitutional....

Togo counts votes as president seeks third term
LOME, Togo (AP) -- Officials in Togo on Sunday added up results from a presidential vote that had the lowest turnout of any election conducted in the past decade....

Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," according to a government statement....

Chiefs of Arab armies in Cairo discuss forming joint force
CAIRO (AP) -- Army commanders of Arab states have gathered in Cairo to discuss the formation of a joint force to be used to intervene in regional crises and combat terrorism....

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, the first verdict against him since he was removed by the military nearly two years ago....

Famed Egypt poet El Abnoudy, chronicler of rural life, dies
CAIRO (AP) -- State media says Egyptian poet Abdel Rahman El Abnoudy, who channeled folklore and rural life into verses that touched the Arab world, has died at 77 after a long illness....