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Dominic Ongwen, a senior commander in the Lord's Resistance Army, whose fugitive leader Kony is one of the world's most-wanted war crimes suspects, enters the court room of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands.<br>Peter Dejong, Pool/AP

Defense lawyer casts Ugandan war crimes defendant as victim

A lawyer defending an alleged commander in Uganda's shadowy Lord's Resistance Army accused of crimes including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers cast him Tuesday him as a victim of the rebel group and its brutal leader, Joseph Kony.

Niger says Italian priest kidnapped near Burkina Faso border

An Italian priest has been kidnapped in a part of Niger where a number of extremist groups are active, the West African nation said Tuesday.


Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea to sign accord in Saudi Arabia

Landlocked Ethiopia fought a bloody war with Eritrea from 1998 to 2000 over a border dispute that killed tens of thousands of people.


Rebellion boils as Cameroon's president seeks to extend rule

While President Paul Biya appears to be a shoo-in to extend his 36-year rule in elections next month, he's had no success in stifling a rebellion in Anglophone regions that's threatening to split the mainly French-speaking central African nation.

'Will I come back dead?' Human costs of South African gold

After more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa's progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths. More than 50 people have died in the country's mines in 2018.


Egypt court returns ex-president Mubarak's 2 sons to prison

Acting on a judge's order, Egyptian police detained the sons of former president Hosni Mubarak on Saturday along with three others in connection with insider trading charges for which the five are on trial, security officials said.


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