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Moise sworn in as new president of a divided Haiti
Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti's president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society.
 
Threats of violence mark Somali election
Somalia holds a groundbreaking presidential election Wednesday amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital's international airport and cleared major streets.
 
Libyan coast guard rescues 120 migrants in the Mediterranean
More than 120 migrants including women and children were rescued by Libyan coast guards Sunday off the coast of Tripoli after their boat ran into trouble.
 
Congo opposition chief Tshisekedi dies
Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi died Wednesday at the age of 84 in Brussels, as talks aiming to end the nation's political crisis were under way in Kinshasa.
 
Morocco's king hails return to AU
"I am finally home," King Mohammed VI said Tuesday as the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence, deferring the issue of Western Sahara for another day.
 
Eight killed in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu hotel
At least eight people were dead and 14 injured Wednesday as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, police said.
 
Extremist gunmen storm hotel in Somali capital, 12 killed
At least eight people were killed and 14 injured as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, police said.
 
Ex-Gambia ruler 'plunders' coffers
Gambia's exiled strongman Yahya Jammeh plundered millions of dollars in his final weeks in power leaving state coffers "empty," an aide to new President Adama Barrow said as West African troops prepared to secure his arrival.
 
Gambia's defeated leader leaves country, ends standoff
Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power.
 
Gambia's defeated leader agrees to step down
Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has decided to relinquish power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.
 
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