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Kenya's Kenyatta signs security law despite protests


NAIROBI - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed new anti-terrorism measures into law on Friday, triggering fresh protests from opposition MPs who said they would take legal action to overturn the legislation and protect civil liberties.

World, Africa 11:17am EST

Thu, Dec 18 2014

Tribal chief of Mali's Tuaregs dies amid stalled peace talks

DAKAR - The chief of the most powerful Tuareg tribe in northern Mali died on Thursday, signaling a change of leadership as Tuareg separatists are locked in peace talks with the government.

World, Africa, Mali 18 Dec 2014

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday.

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

Kenya security law approved despite disruptions in parliament


NAIROBI - Kenya's parliament approved new anti-terrorism laws on Thursday after chaotic scenes in which opposition legislators, citing a threat to civil liberties and free speech, threw books at the Speaker, shouted, chanted and sprinkled water over his deputy. | Video

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

Cameroon army kills 116 Boko Haram militants, defense ministry says

YAOUNDE - Cameroon's army killed 116 Boko Haram militants on Wednesday when they attacked a base in the Far North region of the country, said defense ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Didier Badjeck.

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

Kenya jails four men for killing Scottish geologist

NAIROBI - A Kenyan court on Thursday sentenced four men to 40 years in jail each after finding them guilty of killing a prominent Scottish gemstone expert in August 2009.

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

Nigeria sentences 54 troops to death for mutiny

ABUJA - Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny while fighting against insurgents in the northeast, their lawyer said on Thursday.

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

Wed, Dec 17 2014

Sudan warns South Sudan against 'hostile moves' by rebels in its territory

KHARTOUM - Sudan's intelligence chief warned South Sudan against "hostile moves from its territory", saying any incursion by rebel forces based in its neighbor would be treated as an "assault" by Juba.

World, United Nations, Africa 17 Dec 2014

Kenya parliament to vote on amendments meant to improve security

NAIROBI - Kenya's parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a bill to let police hold suspects in terrorism-related cases for a year and take other measures that rights activists say would threaten civil liberties and free speech.

World, Africa 17 Dec 2014

Buhari catches anti-graft mood but divides Nigerian voters


LAGOS - "I am not a rich person, I can't give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support," Nigeria's former military leader Muhammadu Buhari wrote to opposition delegates last week before they chose him to contest next year's presidential election.

World, Africa 17 Dec 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.