U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.<br>Khaled Desouki/Pool/AP

Pence says US stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against Mideast terrorism on Saturday as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington.

2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday.

A year after former leader's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

In the year since the world marveled at a dictator's fall, Gambia has risen from the shadows of Yahya Jammeh's "rule of fear" with its arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

Farmers risk lashes as war obliterates South Sudan breadbasket

Since fighting spread in mid-2016 to Equatoria, once South Sudan's breadbasket, output has collapsed, adding to what charity Oxfam International says is the likelihood of the country's worst-ever hunger this year. Government forces are accused of killing villagers, burning their homes and stealing food as they pursue rebels. The army denies the charges.

28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high

The United Nations says violence against aid workers in South Sudan reached a new high in 2017, with 28 killed.

UN to investigate attacks on Congo peacekeepers

The U.N. is launching an investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in a part of Congo where the deadliest single assault on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in almost 25 years unfolded last month.

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