Nigerian election officials display ballots to the public as people line up to cast their vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019. Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is to face opposition presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar in the presidential election.<br>Jerome Delay/AP

Counting starts in Nigeria's delayed poll, after explosions

Nigerian security authorities said there was an attack in the northeast city of Maiduguri shortly before voting began on Saturday. Boko Haram militants "attempted to infiltrate" the state capital by launching artillery fire, likely to disrupt the elections, said a statement by Borno state police. Nigerian security forces earlier Saturday said the blasts had been their own in a show of force to deter militants.

US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

The Trump administration on Friday hit senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding December elections.

2 killed in military helicopter crash in Algeria

The helicopter that crashed about 155 miles southwest of the capital Algiers, was on a "night mission of reconnaissance," the Algerian defense ministry said Thursday.

Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan's peace

South Sudan's rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago.

In Morocco, Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings

Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital Wednesday.

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