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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.
At least 12 protesters and a policeman were killed in unrest in Egypt on Sunday as the country marked the fourth anniversary of its 2011 uprising, officials said. Eleven pro-Islamist protesters were killed in clashes in the north Cairo neighbourhoods of Matareya, Ain Shams and Haram, and another in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, a health ministry official told AFP. In central Cairo, police fired shotguns and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to march on Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the early 2011 revolt that ousted veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Authorities had tightened security in Cairo and other cities after Islamists called for protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.