Military, Gov't Had Role in New Ebola Drug

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military. The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, ar... more

Kony's Rebels Change Tactics to Evade Hunt

OBO, Central African Republic -- Knives, ropes, tarpaulins, AK-47s, and gun lubricant. These are some of the items handed over to the Ugandan army by three fighters who defected last month from Joseph Kony's rebels, the Lord's Resistance Army, in Central African Republic.   In the bush, where the men had lived for years, these prized possessio... more

Rebel Leader Kony Evades Jungle Hunt

African rebel fighters

NZACKO, Central African Republic -- The African troops hoped the latest defector from the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group would have fresh insight into the location of infamous warlord Joseph Kony.   But Sam Opio, a senior rebel commander who defected last week, shook his head and said he hadn't seen rebel leader Kony since 2010.   He is ... more

Seasoned Combat Leader Takes Over Africa Command

Gen. David Rodriguez

STUTTGART, Germany - One of the American military's most seasoned combat leaders took charge Friday of U.S. Africa Command, whose No. 1 mission is to work with allies to neutralize the continent's widening web of Islamic extremist groups, including those affiliated with al-Qaida. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez took over for Army Gen. Carter F. Ha... more

US Eyes Anti-Piracy Effort Along West Africa Coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliates. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has escalated over the p... more

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