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Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Dec. 14, 2019 1:12 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...

Rebel attack on eastern Congo city leaves at least 6 dead

Dec. 14, 2019 9:06 AM EST

BENI, Congo (AP) — Rebels again attacked a city at the center of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, killing at least six people including a pregnant woman, witnesses and officials said Saturday. Meanwhile, Congolese health authorities said a spate of recent violence in the area has allowed the Ebola...

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019

Dec. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EST

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack...

Ex-PM elected Algeria's new president, to protesters' dismay

Dec. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria newly-elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune vowed after his victory was announced Friday to reach out to pro-democracy protesters, who massively took to the streets to challenge his election at the head of the oil-rich nation crippled by rampant corruption. Tebboune, a...

South Sudan allocates $40M to help integrate rival forces

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war. This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir...

Egypt’s el-Sissi says militias hold Libyan gov’t 'hostage'

Dec. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader said Sunday. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised comments that the Government of National Accord “is not able to have a...

Islamic State group claims attack on Niger military; 71 dead

Dec. 13, 2019 6:50 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a military camp in Niger that killed at least 71 soldiers. The extremist group carried out the assault near the town of Inates not far from the border with Mali, it said in a statement late Thursday. Niger's military...

Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers

Dec. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in years. The large-scale attack comes amid a surge of assaults on army camps...

Algerians choose leader as pro-democracy movement boycotts

Dec. 12, 2019 8:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians — without a leader since April — voted on Thursday for a new president in an election marked by protests, scattered violence and a boycott by the massive pro-democracy movement that ousted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Thousands of protesters filled the...

Thousands welcome Ethiopian leader after Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 12, 2019 6:20 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Ethiopians on Thursday have lined the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, to welcome Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his return from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. People wore clothes displaying their leader’s image and chanted...

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Egypt’s el-Sissi says militias hold Libyan gov’t 'hostage'

Dec. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s U.N.-supported government is held hostage by “armed and terrorist militias” in the capital, Tripoli, Egypt’s leader said Sunday. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised comments that the Government of National Accord “is not able to have a...

Fighting rages near Libya's capital amid push by rebel army

Dec. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Just two days after rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter declared a “final" and decisive battle for the capital Tripoli, heavy fighting raged for a 24-hour period between his troops and militias loosely allied with the internationally backed government based in the city, officials said...

Ex-Sudan strongman al-Bashir gets 2 years for corruption

Dec. 14, 2019 1:12 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the...

Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

Dec. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EST
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan court convicts Omar al-Bashir of money laundering, sentences him to 2 years in rehabilitation facility.

Influx of asylum seekers overwhelms Portland, Maine

Dec. 13, 2019 5:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sub-Saharan asylum seekers have overwhelmed a city's ability to house them. Officials in Portland, Maine, have created overflow shelters at the Salvation Army and the YMCA to accommodate nearly 170 people, the Portland Press Herald reports. Most of the asylum seekers are fleeing...

Federal prisoner found guilty on terror charges for 2nd time

Dec. 13, 2019 4:58 PM EST

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — An East African man imprisoned in Texas for terrorism was convicted Friday of trying to recruit fellow prisoners to join the Islamic State group and plan attacks in the United States, federal prosecutors announced. A jury found Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, 45, guilty of attempting to...

How tramadol, touted as safer opioid, became 3rd world peril

Dec. 13, 2019 3:24 PM EST

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the OxyContins, the Vicodins, the fentanyls that have wreaked so much...

Ex-PM elected Algeria's new president, to protesters' dismay

Dec. 13, 2019 3:17 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria newly-elected president Abdelmadjid Tebboune vowed after his victory was announced Friday to reach out to pro-democracy protesters, who massively took to the streets to challenge his election at the head of the oil-rich nation crippled by rampant corruption. Tebboune, a...

FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...

3 of 4 men kidnapped from oil tanker off Africa released

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three of four crew members who were kidnapped by pirates from a Greek-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Togo last month have been released, while the fourth has died, the vessel's managing company said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd. said in a statement that the three...