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From ‘role models’ to sex workers: Kenya’s child labor rises

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The teenage girls cannot remember how many men they have had to sleep with in the seven months since COVID-19...

Trump says Sudan to be removed from terrorism list

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday said Sudan will be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism if it...

Guinea’s opposition leader claims election victory

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of the West African country's presidential election Monday before the...

Nigeria’s anti-police protesters storm prison, free inmates

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's protests against police brutality turned violent Monday when a crowd stormed a prison and freed some 200 inmates in...

South Africa’s health minister gets COVID-19, as cases rise

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

UN hopes meeting will raise $1 billion for key Sahel nations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is hoping a major ministerial meeting Tuesday will not only raise $1 billion for the three...

Israel, Bahrain sign deal establishing formal ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to...

Morocco reopens some mosques, even as infections grow

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans across the country performed their first weekly prayers in more than seven months as authorities eased some restrictions aimed...

Guinea votes to see if president can extend decade in power

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde sought extend his decade in power in Sunday's election held after the country's constitution was changed...

Ivorian opposition presidential candidate’s home burned down

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Assailants burned down the home of a leading opposition presidential candidate in eastern Ivory Coast while one of his...

Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests

Inspired by the global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Nigerian American blogger Nifesimi Akingbe donned a black shirt that read “I am...

Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests block major roads

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to...

Racial tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing

SENEKAL, South Africa (AP) — ...

Extremist rebels attack UN peacekeepers in Mali; 1 killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in Mali and others injured in separate attacks in the north of the country,...

Jihadist attacks increase in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region

BOULOUNGA, Burkina Faso (AP) — ...

Guinea’s president, 82, seeks to prolong rule in Sunday vote

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde, 82, is seeking a third term in office Sunday, insisting his attempt to prolong his rule...

EU targets Putin ally accused of US poll interference

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped sanctions on a Russian tycoon, who has close ties to President Vladimir Putin and is...

South Africa extends relief grants to help poor amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed...

Protesters attacked in Nigerian demos against police abuse

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Widespread protests against Nigeria's police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of...

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains

JOTOLCHEN, Mexico (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is threatening the future of a generation of the world’s children, depriving them of schooling and sending...

Tanzania asks for aircraft to battle fire on Mt. Kilimanjaro

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's government is hoping helicopters and planes will help put out a fire raging on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain...

Extremists in Somalia kill 8 army soldiers, says official

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's extremist rebels have killed at least eight soldiers in an ambush in the country's south, said a military official....

Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist of Les Miserables, dead at 95

LONDON (AP) — Herbert Kretzmer, the journalist and lyricist best known for his English-language adaptation of the musical Les Miserables, has died. He was...

Woman close to Vatican cardinal arrested in corruption probe

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest corruption scandal already had all the elements of a spy thriller: One cardinal who was fired during...

Kenyan officials investigating death in police custody

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities are investigating the death of a man who was detained for allegedly not wearing a facemask and was...

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

CAIRO (AP) — Mahmoud Yassin, an Egyptian actor and pillar of the country's film industry during the second half of the 20th century, has...

Attacks by suspected jihadists kill 22 in central Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists have carried out a series of attacks in central Mali killing at least 22 people, a spokesman...

Uganda police raid offices of presidential hopeful Bobi Wine

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Armed police on Wednesday “besieged” the campaign headquarters of Bobi Wine, a pop star and politician who is seeking Uganda's...

‘It was so abrupt’: COVID-19 upends burial rites in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The commotion broke out in the cemetery after dark, flashlights flickering wildly. Curious, neighbors stumbled upon a dispute between a...

Military contractor charged with fraud on Africa contracts

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. military contractor has been indicted in California for allegedly faking quality control on construction projects in Africa that...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

Cameroonian asylum-seekers accuse US of forcing deportation

A group of asylum-seekers from Cameroon facing deportation back to their conflict-ridden country say they were pressured with force by U.S. immigration officers to...

Mozambique’s health minister says test shows he has COVID-19

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique’s health minister says he has tested positive for COVID-19, in a routine test conducted ahead of a planned trip...

Nigeria protesters demand police reforms for sixth day

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Crowds protesting against police brutality in Nigeria took to the streets Tuesday for a sixth day across the country after...

Tanzania intensifies repression ahead of polls, says report

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on October...

Freed Malian politician details months as al-Qaida hostage

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian politician Soumaila Cisse's captors kept him constantly on the move in the inhospitable desert, he told French television, describing...

Israel to ‘immediately’ bring over 2,000 Ethiopian Jews

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his Ethiopian counterpart that his country has the intention to “immediately” bring...

WFP chief seeks million from donors, billionaires for food

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Even before COVID-19 became an issue, World Food Program chief David Beasley was warning global leaders that the world would...

WFP chief: Nobel Prize message to world not to forget Sahel

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The head of the World Food Program said winning the Nobel Peace Prize while he was visiting the impoverished...

Switzerland says Swiss hostage in Mali has been killed

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist...

French hostage freed in Mali arrives home in France

PARIS (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali was reunited Friday with her grandchildren...

Nobel win reflects ‘hunger for international cooperation’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has fractured global alliances and go-it-alone has turned ugly, some world leaders say Friday's...

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use...

WFP fights hunger in food-deprived places, crises, war zones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger amid...

Mali: 3 European hostages, 1 Malian politician freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the...

Correction: Somalia-Cuban Doctors Freed story

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — In a story October 7, 2020, about Cuban hostages in Somalia, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the hostages had...

South Korean, Nigerian chosen as finalists for top WTO job

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization says South Korea’s trade minister and a Harvard-trained former Nigerian finance minister have qualified as the two...

Intl court appeals judges uphold detention of Darfur suspect

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court upheld Thursday the detention of an alleged Sudanese militia leader charged with...

LEADING OFF: Homers fly in playoffs, Atlanta arms dominate

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ...

LEADING OFF: Homers fly in playoffs, Atlanta arms dominate

A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday: ...

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster

For 17 years, Sally Zakhari said she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church her childhood nightmare — how a Coptic priest...

Up to 150 million could join extreme poor, World Bank says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Up to 150 million people could slip into extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day, by late next year...

Families await freed hostages’ return in Mali’s capital

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives and supporters on Wednesday anxiously awaited the return of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker released...

2 guilty of supporting deadly Westgate mall attack in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Wednesday found two men guilty for supporting the days-long 2013 attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall...

Tens of thousands attend Senegal pilgrimage despite COVID-19

TOUBA, Senegal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims descended upon Senegal's holy city this week for the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, a tradition...

Relatives: French woman, Mali politician freed by jihadists

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker held hostage by Islamic extremists said late Tuesday that...

West African regional bloc lifts sanctions against Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS lifted sanctions against Mali on Tuesday after the prime minister announced the rest of the...

UN report says South Sudan has healed little since civil war

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Sudan has made no concrete steps toward national healing more than two years after the end of a civil war...

The Latest: 26 nations urge US to lift sanctions amid virus

UNITED NATIONS -- China and 25 other nations have called for the immediate lifting of sanctions by the United States and Western countries to...

Uganda reports blood shortages amid coronavirus pandemic

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Health authorities in Uganda say the supply of blood has sharply declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as...

UN chief urges Libya cease-fire, warns its future at stake

BERLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged world powers and others with interests in Libya’s long-running civil war to stop sending...

Prosecutor says ‘Hotel Rwanda’ man to be tried with rebels

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — ...

Rwandan genocide suspect seeks transfer to The Hague

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The defense lawyer of an 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in France has appealed to an international court not...

South African coffin-maker saw COVID-19 at work and at home

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coffin-maker knew death too well. The boxes were stacked in his echoing workshop like the prows of ships waiting for...

Egypt outlet says reporter detained while covering unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities detained a local journalist after she traveled to the southern city of Luxor to cover the alleged killing of...

Mali releases 180 jihadists in likely prisoner exchange

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities have released 180 Islamic extremists from a prison in the capital and flown them to the country's north,...

8 migrants drown, 12 missing while trying to reach Djibouti

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says at least eight migrants have drowned and 12 are missing after smugglers forced them off...

India, South Africa ask WTO to ease IP rules for COVID-19

NEW DELHI (AP) — South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to waive some provisions in the international agreements that regulate...

UN authorizes inspection of vessels for migrants from Libya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday authorizing member nations to inspect vessels on the high seas off...

US signs 10-year military cooperation deal with Morocco

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The United States and Morocco on Friday signed an accord that aims to strengthen military cooperation and the North African...

Trump joins growing list of virus-infected world leaders

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Donald Trump has joined a growing group of world leaders who have been infected with the coronavirus. Some, like Trump,...

Ethiopian migrants held in Saudi Arabia call it ‘hellish’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — From a filthy cell in Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian migrant spoke on a smuggled phone, fearing to give his...

Pinder delivers timely hit, A’s advance in playoffs at last

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sure, most of these young Oakland Athletics might barely remember some of the gut-wrenching October losses over the past two...

Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege says an international criminal tribunal is urgently needed to prosecute mass atrocities,...

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to US to record low

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has proposed further slashing the number of refugees the United States accepts to a new record low...

‘It belongs to us!”: Tense French trial over colonial art

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court...

US defense chief visits North Africa, World War II cemetery

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with Tunisia's president Wednesday, kicking off a North African tour amid growing concern about...

Tunisians fleeing economy, not COVID, cause tension in Italy

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — Once it was just the jobless young men who set off from Tunisia’s rocky northern beaches for Sicily, usually...

Women’s issues at UN: Still ‘too low down on the agenda’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the...

Judge allows US suit against Libyan commander to move ahead

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request from a Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia to toss...

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ...

Botswana extends emergency measures to combat virus

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana has extended its state of emergency for a further six months to combat the spread of COVID-19. ...

Pompeo voices support for talks between Greece, Turkey

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support Tuesday for talks between Greece and Turkey, NATO allies whose relations deteriorated...

UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of...

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that...

1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours...

New US citizen refugees excited for first presidential vote

PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under...

At UN, nations urge overdue reckoning with colonial crimes

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of countries once subjugated to Western powers sent a pointed message at this year’s U.N. General Assembly: For those who...

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils...

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries...

Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nation’s prime minister...

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning:...

Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties...

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

LONDON (AP) — A rat has for the first time won a British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for...

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced...

Mali swears in transitional president and vice president

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the...

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero admits backing rebels, denies violence

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The man portrayed as a hero in the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ has admitted in court that he backed a rebel...

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

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