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Photo: Yagazie Emezi/The Washington Post/Getty Images

As Chick-fil-A and Popeye's continue to fight for the title of best chicken sandwich in the U.S., Kentucky Fried Chicken has found itself in a similar contest in Senegal with local Africa Fried Chicken, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Several African nations have rapidly expanding middle classes and notably young populations, per the Post. However, entering the growing African market is proving to be challenging for American companies, as existing and established local businesses cater to the demographic and have built relationships with consumers.

The state of play: KFC opened its first location in Senegal in early October, and has sold an average of 1,000 meals each day since, per the Post. Some critics claim AFC ripped KFC off, while others suggest KFC should work harder to cater to local tastes, per the Post.

  • AFC is owned by Birane Ndour, who initially wanted to open a KFC. The American company denied Ndour's request, so he opened a Senegalese version and recruited a neighborhood mom to draft his secret recipe, writes the Post.
  • KFC's first location was launched by Anta Babacar Ngom Diack, whose family owns one of the largest chicken processing plants in the region. She emailed KFC monthly, and the first location debuted with an all-female staff.

Yes, but: While both eateries are getting a taste of success, there is more work to be done in Senegal, where street food remains a cheaper alternative.

  • "Companies must stand out to lure customers away from cheaper traditional fare," writes the Post.

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Five improvised explosive devices that the FBI says "were fully operational and could cause great bodily harm or injury if handled improperly." Photo: FBI/Justice Department

The FBI believes California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the Bay Area headquarters of Twitter and Facebook were targets of a man facing federal explosives charges, according to a criminal complaint.

Driving the news: Prosecutors charged Ian Benjamin Rogers after finding weapons including five pipe bombs, 49 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition following a Jan. 15 search of his Napa County home and auto repair business. His alleged goal was to ensure former President Trump remained in office.

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Anthony Fauci. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci highlighted the need to address racial disparities in the COVID-19 vaccination process, per an interview with The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."

The Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.