Court upholds 4-year sentence for Egyptian blogger convicted of insulting Islam and president

Egyptian court upholds 4 years jailing of blogger

Israel passes counter-demands to Hamas for prisoner swap, details could scuttle deal

Israel passes demands in prisoner swap to Hamas

Mauritania arrests suspect in kidnapping of 2 Italians

Kidnapping suspect arrested in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — A security official says that Mauritanian police have arrested a man presumed to have kidnapped two Italians last week.

Ethiopian high court sentences 5 to death over terrorism charges

Ethiopia court sentences 5 to death over terrorism

Canada, Mexico, South Africa among destinations on top travel lists at year’s end

Top destination lists for travel at year’s end

Israeli Cabinet ministers debate whether to trade 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for lone soldier

Prisoner swap talks enter critical phase in Israel

Report: UN investigators believe Guinea massacre was ‘crime against humanity’

Report: Guinea massacre ‘crime against humanity’

Madagascar’s Rajoelina defiant in face of international pressure, rejects coalition accords

Madagascar’s Rajoelina rejects accords

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — A former disc jockey who seized power in Madagascar is defying international efforts to resolve the latest crisis on an Indian Ocean island known for its rare wildlife and fractious politics.

8 Somalis killed in bomb blast aimed at a goverment official and shelling of radio station

8 killed in blast and shelling in Somali capital

UN: Ugandan-led Lord’s Resistance Army attacks in Sudan, Congo may be crimes against humanity

UN: Ugandan rebel attacks may have been war crimes

Train carrying cooking oil derails in Kenya, killing 2

Train derails in Kenya, killing 2

NAIROBI, Kenya — A cargo train has derailed near residential areas in the Kenyan capital, killing two people.

Egypt antiquities chief says he will ask Berlin to return Nefertiti bust

Egypt antiquities chief to demand Nefertiti bust

Madagascar’s Rajoelina unilaterally names premier, further defying consensus solution

Madagascar’s Rajoelina unilaterally names premier

US transfers 12 detainees at Guantanamo military prison to Afghanistan, Yemen and Somaliland

US sends 12 Gitmo detainees to their home nations

Official: 2 Italians kidnapped in southern Mauritania

Official: 2 Italians kidnapped in Mauritania

Obama administration official says US, China, India and South Africa agree to deal on climate

President Barack Obama speaks briefly on Afghanistan

US charges 3 al-Qaida suspects with African drug smuggling into Europe

3 Al-Qaida suspects charged in African drug case

As Nigerian president remains in Saudi hospital, questions arise about nation’s own health

Nigeria’s future, president’s power in question

Portuguese warship fires warning shots at suspected pirates; detains and releases 6 Somali men

Portuguese warship spots 6 suspected pirates

Somali pirates release Greek-owned ship; 21 crew safe and healthy

Somali pirates release Greek-owned ship, 21 crew

Reports: Hunger-striking Western Sahara activist flown out of Spain


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