Senegal soldiers take part in the opening ceremony of Flintlock, anti-terrorism training in Thies, Senegal, Feb. 8, 2016.
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program Monday in Senegal, amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel.The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable,…
South African peacekeepers patrol the streets of Goma in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dec. 2, 2015.
At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burned in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been the scene of heightened ethnic tensions in recent weeks. The United Nations said Monday it was "alarmed by reports of escalating inter-communal violence" in the area. U.N. spokesman Amouzoun Codjo Martin said the weekend attacks were carried out by members of two militias, the Nande-dominated…
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 20:40
Farmer Ruth Mylroie witnesses a chicken laying an egg with a young visitor during a school tour of New Harmony Farm
Fresh spring water bubbles up from the ground and nourishes New Harmony Farm in the shadow of the Magaliesberg Mountains, north of Johannesburg.   Farmer Ruth Mylroie says when she bought the land almost six years ago it was "filthy with scrap metal," and overgrown with weeds.     "It took us six months to clean it," she recalls.  But now her farm is producing some of the best chicken in South Africa.Mylroie, barefoot and her skin…
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 18:30
Uganda police refute charges their enforcement tactics are dictated by the government or the ruling party. On March 28, 2012, they detained a supporter of opposition leader Kizza Besigye.
Uganda has bought anti-riot gear ahead of a Feb. 18 election in a move which police say will bolster security during voting but which critics say aims to intimidate opponents of President Yoweri Museveni, who is seeking to extend his 30-year rule. Museveni's two major rivals, Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and secretary general of the ruling party, have both attracted large crowds and analysts say Museveni faces his toughest challenge yet.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari gives an interview to Agence France-presse at his hotel during the 25th African Summit on June 14, 2015 in Johannesburg.
Last week, the National Bureau of Statistics released a 41-page report predicting the state of Nigeria's economy through President Muhammadu Buhari's term. "The Nigerian Economy: Past, Present and Future" reviews current conditions and aims to provide policymakers and investors with the likely trends of key macro-economic indicators in future years, with a focus on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation and trade. While there are some obvious near-term…
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 16:49
In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, relatives of 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea who died undergoing the procedure of female genital mutilation walk in front of her home in Dierb Biqtaris village, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt.
The United Nations warned Monday that millions of girls remain at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The practice, which involves removing all or part of a girl’s external genitalia, has no health benefit and can cause severe bleeding, infection, pain, and later, complications in childbirth. It is often performed in unsanitary conditions with unsterilized instruments. Some girls die from the procedure. Colombian lawyer and anti-FGM activist…
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:36
Displaced people draw water from a hole dug in the ground, in the United Nations camp for displaced people in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Jan. 19, 2016.
The United Nations warned Monday that a sharp rise in food insecurity across South Sudan could result in catastrophic levels of hunger for at least 40,000 civilians.This warning follows the release of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report which estimates at least 2.8 million people, or 23 percent of the population, will face acute food and nutrition insecurity between…
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Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:24