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25 killed in blast at Egypt's main Coptic cathedral
A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.
 
20 dead in Somalia suicide bombing
More than 20 people were killed Sunday in a suicide truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said, in a fresh strike claimed by the al-Qaida-linked Shabaab group.
 
Angola's ruling party on Saturday launched its campaign for next year's general elections -- but without long-time President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos whose successor is still awaiting his public blessing.
 
Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country.
 
Nigeria president says
A church roof has collapsed in southeastern Nigeria causing "many deaths and injury" the country's president said Saturday, with state media reporting that up to 200 people could have been killed.
 
Canada's 'Marathon Man' finally achieves Afghan ambition
Crossing the finish line of Afghanistan's Bamiyan marathon, hand in hand with a young female runner from the country, Canada's famed 'Marathon Man', Martin Parnell felt a double victory.
 
Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow laid to rest in Dakar
Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, one of the giants of African art, was laid to rest in Dakar on Tuesday, five days after he died at the age of 81.
 
Gambia president's upset gives hope to some
Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country.
 
The bodies of 51 unidentified victims of fierce fighting in a local kingdom in Uganda's restive Kasese region were buried in a mass ceremony on Sunday, officials said.
 
Gambian president's final rally
Supporters cheer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh during his final rally in Banjul, Gambia, Tuesday, Nov. 29. Gambia's opposition parties are rallying together behind a single candidate for the first time in decades, forming a coalition they hope will oust longtime President Yahya Jammeh, who has been accused of human rights abuses throughout his 22-year rule.
 
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