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Ranger in Africa's oldest park wounded by grenade
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A ranger in Africa's oldest national park has been seriously wounded by a grenade during a confrontation with poachers....

Amid Ebola, some airlines have canceled flights
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The World Health Organization's assistant director-general for emergency operations is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable "air link" is needed to help deal with the crisis. Dr. Bruce Aylward said Thursday "there is a super risk of the response effort being choked off" if airlines restrict flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea....

South African court orders release of tapes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday ordered the release of taped phone conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since before he took office....

Niger lawmaker flees before being questioned
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- The president of Niger's National Assembly has fled the country after his immunity was lifted so he could be questioned about a baby trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class...

Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges....

3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo....

West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) -- A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water - part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa....

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....

Egypt probes video showing police abuse
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian authorities are probing allegations of police abuse after a video circulated online showing three policemen taunting a nearly naked corpse, a senior police official said on Thursday....