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Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee....

Nigerian forces clash with Boko Haram fighters
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian military officials say they killed about 70 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamic extremists attacked the northeastern town of Bama Monday morning....

240 rebels depart Central African Republic capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country's north about eight months after they were forced from power....

Head of Niger's parliament flees to France
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- The head of Niger's National Assembly, who faces questioning in connection with a baby trafficking scandal, is in France, a source close to the office of Burkina Faso's president said Sunday....

Somalia: 12 killed as army repels attack on prison
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who attempted to free other extremists held there, officials said....

Congo: Top general active in volatile east dies
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo's government spokesman says a top general based in the country's volatile east has died....

Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency....

Rights group: Witness for report on Egypt detained
CAIRO (AP) -- Human Rights Watch said Monday one of the witnesses for its investigation into mass killings in Egypt last summer was detained, calling for his release....

Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate
CAIRO (AP) -- Hundreds of activists, lawyers and other admirers gathered on Thursday to pay a final farewell to one of Egypt's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who defended Islamists, atheists and homosexuals alike and worked to hold Egypt's decades-old police state accountable for torture and abuse....

Egypt militants post beheading video
CAIRO (AP) -- An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month....