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In Africa, a Booming Catholic Church, and its Growing Pains, to Greet Pope Francis

KAMPALA, Uganda—The pews are so packed at Christ the King Church in Uganda’s capital that people squeeze hip-to-hip during weekday services. On Sundays, hundreds spill out onto the sidewalk, where tents handle the overflow. Such scenes are emblematic of Catholic congregations in Africa—where Pope Francis ...

One year with Africa's first female president brought some light, work far from finished

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - One year after Liberia swore in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Africa's first elected female head of state, three young women braid each other's hair under a streetlight that didn't exist six months ago. "Before we would have been using candles," said ...

African oil's allure increases as other regions tighten reins on foreign companies

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Angola is joining OPEC, African oil exploration is booming and China is investing. The stampede for African oil has continued, even as militant attacks in some countries and precarious governments in others make returns uncertain. Though much of the continent is ...

Winner of Congo's presidential runoff will face crumbling infrastructure, massive poverty

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - In Congo's largest hospital, surgical patients die for lack of antiseptics and doctors amputate broken limbs infected before patients find money for casts. When the power cuts, surgeons operate by flashlight. Four years after the end of a 1998-2002 war, experts ...

Africans celebrate late Senegalese leader whose poetry helped define culture

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) _ Many African leaders have left legacies of corruption or brutal despotism. Then there is Senegal's Leopold Sedar Senghor, who helped redefine the continent with sensual, modernist poems. Schoolchildren memorize the work of the late West African poet-president and modern leaders invoke ...