Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister
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Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said. Arish Said, head of the government’s media department, said that Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s motorcade was attacked and one of his guards … Continue reading

Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis
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Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday as a months-long fuel shortage worsened, aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed Saturday. One station owner said he had fuel … Continue reading

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