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Burundi: Catholic bishops withdraw support for elections
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Catholic Church leaders said on Thursday they no longer support the Burundi government's decision to hold elections next month amid political unrest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. The European Union also said it was suspending its election observer mission here....

Outfits on wheels: In Zimbabwe, cars are used clothing shops
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- The wares in Zimbabwe's capital are laid out for shoppers to browse through: the shoes lined up on the trunk, the shirts and dresses hanging from open doors of the spotlessly clean car....

Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties....

UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria
GUBIO, Nigeria (AP) -- Children are now being seen as potential threats after an "alarming spike" in suicide bombings by girls and women used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday....

Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday....

Grave of assassinated Burkina Faso leader exhumed
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Authorities exhumed human remains Tuesday from the purported grave of Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, nearly three decades after the Marxist revolutionary was killed during a coup in this West African country....

Police: 5 wounded in militant attack on Kenyan police
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Kenyan police vehicles near Somalia's border, injuring at least five officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday....

Bomb blast kills senior police officer in Egypt's Sinai
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's Interior Ministry says a roadside bomb has killed a senior police officer in the northwestern region of the Sinai Peninsula, home of the country's Islamic State affiliate....

Egypt president to respond to emails from public in speeches
CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian president's media office says that an email address will be created to receive letters from citizens so that he can answer them in monthly speeches....

Egypt court acquits 17 in protest that saw mother shot dead
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court acquitted 17 people on Saturday over taking part in an unsanctioned demonstration earlier this year in which a young mother was shot to death in downtown Cairo....