Security forces outside the General Staff of the Armed Forces building in central Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Saturday March 3, 2018.<br>Ludivine Laniepce/AP

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

The once-peaceful Burkina Faso, in the heart of West Africa, is finding itself uncomfortably at the center of a battle between extremists and a regional counterterror effort for which it is relatively unprepared.

Libyan coast guard rescues 60 Europe-bound migrants

Libya has emerged as a major transit point to Europe for those fleeing poverty and civil war elsewhere in Africa.

7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest Ebola outbreak

In a new reminder of the dangers in containing an Ebola outbreak in a war zone, suspected rebels killed seven people overnight in northeastern Congo and sent residents fleeing, an official said Saturday.

Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality

Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam.

Extremist threat could deter voters in Mali's second round

Mali's first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida. Now on Sunday the country will go for round two.

Egypt officials say bombing attempt near church thwarted

A man wearing an explosives belt attempted to attack a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo but failed to enter before blowing himself up, Egyptian security officials said Saturday.

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