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Islamist PJD party wins mandate in Morocco vote
The moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has won Morocco's national elections, according to official results released Saturday, despite frustration with its handling of the economy in its five years in power and a challenge from a party close to the royal palace.
 
Nobel laureate Tutu celebrates 85th birthday
Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu shed tears of gratitude on his 85th birthday on Friday in South Africa, where he presided over a cathedral Mass despite his poor health.
 
Morocco parliamentary vote pits Islamists against liberal party
Moroccans went to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament, five years after an Islamist-led government took office following Arab Spring-inspired protests that toppled regimes across the region.
 
Guinea to hold local elections in February 2017: opposition
Guinea will hold its first local elections in 12 years in February 2017, an opposition spokesman said Thursday, following prolonged talks with the ruling party over the timetable for a vote already postponed several times.
 
Ghana says it wants to remove Gandhi statue from campus
Ghana has expressed its intention to remove a statue of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi from a university in the capital, citing a controversy over what critics call his "racist identity."
 
Investigator questions Jacob Zuma a final time
A South African investigator who reported on a spending scandal that seriously weakened President Jacob Zuma is rushing to complete another investigation involving the president's conduct, just one week before she leaves her post.
 
Johannesburg student protest
A student runs from an exploding stun grenade thrown by anti-riot police as they disperse a demonstration over fee increases at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
 
Several dozen people died in a stampede Sunday morning when a religious celebration in Ethiopia turned into an anti-government protest that led police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets.
 
Gabonese intelligence wiretapped EU election observers who voiced grave doubts over the outcome of hotly disputed Aug. 27 polls in the oil-rich central African nation, a French weekly reported Sunday.
 
Egyptian police detained three journalists who were conducting street interviews in downtown Cairo about President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's request for small donations of spare change to fund development programs, security officials said Saturday.
 
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