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Africa Cup of Nations seeds named

Ivory Coast defeated four-time champions Ghana after a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea last year to win the Africa Cup of Nations tournament a second time.  By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Johannesburg (AFP) - Title-holders Ivory Coast, hosts Gabon and former champions Algeria and Ghana were named Tuesday as the top seeds for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Ivory Coast def ...

Libyan leader says rival strongman to have voice in govt

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's fragile unity government, formed following a UN-backed deal in December 2015, is backed by the international community.  By Yoan Valat (POOL/AFP) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Paris (AFP) - Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj says military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls the north African country's main oil ports, should be represented in a new, more incl ...

Seychelles president quits after party loses four-decade grip on power

Seychelles's President James Alix Michel addresses the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on September 29, 2015.  By Jewel Samad (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Victoria (Seychelles) (AFP) - Seychelles President James Michel announced Tuesday he would quit after his party lost legislative elections, ending its four-decade grip on power. The 72-year-old -- ...

Morocco signs deal for major Boeing hub

Morocco's Industry Minister Moulay Hafi Elalamy said the Boeing industrial zone could create up to 8,700 jobs.  By Paul J. Richards (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) - Morocco signed an agreement with Boeing on Tuesday to build a new hub for the US aerospace giant that officials hope will create thousands of skilled jobs. King Mohammed ...

UN Libya envoy warns against descent into chaos

UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler gives a press briefing after an update on the human rights situation in Libya, before the UN Human Rights Council on September 27, 2016, in Geneva.  By Fabrice Coffrini (AFP) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Geneva (AFP) - Libya is facing "political impasse" and "hazardous military developments", the UN envoy to the North African country Martin Kobler warned on Tuesday, highlighting the impact of violence ...

Senegal prisoner killed during riot becomes reform symbol

Senegalese Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba announced that two new prisons would be constructed, noting that none had been built since the early 1960s.  By Erick-Christian Ahounou (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dakar (AFP) - A young father whose death in custody has spurred plans to build Senegal's first new prisons in five decades was killed by shots to the head, local media said Tuesday. Ibrahima Fall, ...

UN disappointed over latest election delay in Somalia

Somalia, which was supposed to hold national elections this year, instead has scheduled a limited franchise election in which ordinary citizens do not participate.  By Mohamed Abdiwahab (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations expressed disappointment Tuesday over a new delay in Somalia's presidential and legislative elections, and expressed hope that the balloting w ...

Lake Victoria a 'thunderstorm hotspot' with climate change

Kenyan fisherman pull up their nets in the early morning as they fish on Lake Victoria on March 3, 2016.  By Carl de Souza (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Paris (AFP) - Climate change could transform East Africa's Lake Victoria into a dangerous thunderstorm hotspot, threatening some 200,000 fishermen who ply its waters at night, according to a study rel ...

Tunisia top cleric's call to end strikes stirs outrage

A wave of jihadist attacks, including two last year that killed dozens of foreign tourists, has further exacerbated problems in Tunisia's economy which relies heavily on tourism revenues.  By Fethi Belaid (AFP/File) Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tunis (AFP) - An appeal from Tunisia's highest religious authority for workers to end strikes and protests and save the country's ailing economy stirred outrage on Tuesday. Grand Mufti Othman Batti ...

Nigeria's Buhari appeals to world for aid

During his UN address, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that devastation created by Boko Haram had been compounded with climate change.  By Drew Angerer (Getty/AFP/File) Friday, September 23, 2016

Lagos (AFP) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed Friday for the intern ...

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South Africa beat Ireland by 206 runs in ODI

South African batsman Temba Bavuma plays a shot of the second Test Match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Supersport Cricket stadium on August 29, 2016 in Centurion.  By Christian Kotze (AFP/File) Sunday, September 25, 2016

Benoni (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa beat Ireland by 206 runs in a one-off ...

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South Sudan Rebel Chief Issues War Call From Exile

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar left the country following violent clashes last month and is now in a Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nairobi (AFP) - South Sudan's rebel leader issued a call for renewed war with th ...

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UN rights chief blames DR Congo govt over unrest

Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa.  By Eduardo Soteras (AFP/File) Thursday, September 22, 2016

Geneva (AFP) - The UN rights chief on Thursday directed blame at DR Congo's gove ...

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DR Congo opposition suspends role in 'dialogue' process

Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car during an opposition rally in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016.  By Eduardo Soteras (AFP/File) Friday, September 23, 2016

Kinshasa (AFP) - An opposition delegation taking part in a so-called "national d ...

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Egypt court sentences seven to hang for shooting officer in 2013

Policemen in court during the trial of 23 people charged over the September killing of police general Nabil Farrag in Kerdassa, considered to be a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold, in Cairo, on June 18, 2014.  By Mohamed El-Shahed (AFP/File) Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cairo (AFP) - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced seven men to hang for kill ...

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