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Scores abducted in latest school kidnapping in north Nigeria

Jun. 18, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen abducted scores of children from a school in northwest Nigeria, the second kidnapping from a school in the country's north within a week, officials said. A policeman was shot dead in the attack Thursday at the Federal Government College in...

Migrant boat capsizes near Spain's Canary Islands, 4 dead

Jun. 18, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Four people died, one of them a child, when a migrant boat believed to be carrying 45 passengers capsized near Spain’s Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Friday. The boat was approaching Órzola on the island of Lanzarote on Thursday...

Namibian chief who urged German reparations dies of virus

Jun. 18, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — A prominent Namibian traditional leader, Vekuii Rukoro, the paramount chief of the OvaHererero people who led international legal battles to bring Germany to pay reparations for its genocide in the southern African country, has died of...

Major U.S.-led war games wind up in northwestern Africa

Jun. 18, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

TAN-TAN, Morocco (AP) — More than 7,000 troops from the United States, African and NATO countries on Friday wound up a large-scale training exercise in the northwestern section of a continent increasingly threatened by Islamist extremists and military strife. The...

EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to 'wipe out' Tigrayans

Jun. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy earlier this year said “they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said this week, warning that such an aim “looks for us like ethnic cleansing.” ...

EU envoy says Ethiopia’s leaders told him that 'they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans,' but Ethiopia denies it

Jun. 18, 2021 09:16 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — EU envoy says Ethiopia’s leaders told him that 'they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans,' but Ethiopia denies it.

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

Jun. 18, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report Friday. In its...

Ethiopia finally set to vote as PM vows 1st fair election

Jun. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopians will vote Monday in a landmark election overshadowed by reports of famine in the country’s war-hit Tigray region and beset by logistical problems that mean some people won’t be able to vote until September. The election is the...

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

Ex-President Gbagbo back in Ivory Coast after acquittal

Jun. 17, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former President Laurent Gbagbo returned home to Ivory Coast on Thursday, a decade after his refusal to concede defeat in a presidential election sparked months of violence that left more than 3,000 people dead. Gbagbo was extradited to the...