Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the military council, waves to his supporters upon his arrival to attend a military-backed rally, in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan.<br>Hussein Malla/AP

Sudan's top general sworn in as leader of new ruling body

Sudan's top general was sworn in Wednesday as the leader of a joint military-civilian body created to rule Sudan during a three-year transition period toward democratic elections.

Air Force begins flight operations at remote post in Niger

The Air Force has begun limited flying operations at a remote outpost in the southern Sahara Desert in Niger, where U.S. airmen recently built a 6,200-foot runway to support intelligence gathering in West Africa.

Islamist militants are targeting Christians in Burkina Faso

The murders in Beni in June followed attacks on churches in the West African nation that have left at least two dozen people dead since February, according to local news reports. It was the second time in as many months that militants singled out worshipers wearing Christian imagery.

US says airstrike in Somalia kills al-Shabaab militant

In a statement, U.S. Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out Tuesday in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia. The command says it appears that no civilians were wounded or killed in the strike.

UN agency: Rival tribes clash in southern Libya; 90 killed

A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 90 people have died this month in southern Libya amid fighting between rival tribes.

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