Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote
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Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, April 27, 2015, extending his 25-year rule despite international war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies. The head of the Election Commission, Mokhtar al-Assam, announced the results to reporters. He said turnout was 46.4 … Continue reading

Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa
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Rights groups demand action after violence in South Africa

  HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 100 humanitarian groups have urged the African Union’s human rights body to ensure that South Africa take “concrete steps” to prevent further attacks on immigrants. Seven people have died this month in anti-immigrant violence that has mainly targeted migrants from other African nations, according to South African officials. … Continue reading

In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade
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In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade

  CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s chaos has turned it into a lucrative magnet attracting migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea voyage to Europe. With no central authority to stop it, business is booming, with smugglers charging ever more as demand goes up, then using the profits to buy larger boats and heavier weapons to … Continue reading

Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism
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Thousands of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 100,000 Ethiopians on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor, with poverty fueling the flow of migrants through dangerous areas. The government-supported march at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square turned violent as … Continue reading

Libya chaos spurs human smuggling, government spokesman says
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Libya chaos spurs human smuggling, government spokesman says

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s chaos has spurred human trafficking, a spokesman for the country’s internationally recognized government said Tuesday April, 21, 2015, urging the world community to help his administration gain control of the rest of the country. The appeal comes as violence in Libya surges and more and more crowded refugee rafts head to … Continue reading

South Africa to deploy army to end anti-immigrant attacks
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South Africa to deploy army to end anti-immigrant attacks

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa will deploy the army to areas that remain volatile after a spate of violent attacks targeting immigrants, the defense minister announced on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Soldiers will be sent to support police in troubled areas, Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in a live broadcast. The minister made the announcement … Continue reading

South Africa’s image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks
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South Africa’s image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

  JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing the upper reaches of the prosperity that attracted so many job-seekers to South Africa. Adding to South Africa’s allure … Continue reading

Attacks on troops in Egypt’s Sinai kill at least 14
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Attacks on troops in Egypt’s Sinai kill at least 14

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — At least 14 people, mostly Egyptian policemen, were killed Sunday, April 12, 2015, in separate operations when militants attacked a police station in the provincial capital of Egypt’s northern Sinai, and detonated a roadside bomb against a passing armored vehicle, officials said. Northern Sinai has witnessed a series of complex and … Continue reading

Somali police say 10 die in attack on education office
Africa / Education

Somali police say 10 die in attack on education office

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An assault by gunmen on the offices of Somali’s education ministry on Tuesday, April 12, 2015, left 17 people dead, including seven attackers, a government spokesman said. Police later secured the Ministry of Higher Education office complex, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior police officer. The fatalities included eight civilians and … Continue reading