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Spanish prize honors group empowering African girls, women

Jun. 16, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A consortium of non-profit groups that aims to reduce poverty in Africa through educating more girls and empowering women has won a Princess of Asturias award. The Campaign for Female Education, or CAMFED, was chosen in the International Aid category, a...

Leaders of Islamist group in Tanzania freed, charges dropped

Jun. 16, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Leaders of an Islamist group that advocated for independence for Tanzania’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar have seen terrorism-related charges against them dropped, officials said Wednesday. The two top leaders of the civil society group...

Mine-sniffing rat Magawa ends years of hard work in Cambodia

Jun. 05, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — After five years of sniffing out land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Magawa is retiring. The African giant pouched rat has been the most successful rodent trained and overseen by a Belgian nonprofit, APOPO, to find land mines and...

Renowned conservationist Jane Goodall wins Templeton Prize

May. 20, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

Jane Goodall, the conservationist renowned for her expertise on chimpanzees and her globe-spanning advocacy of environmental causes, was named Thursday as this year’s winner of the prestigious Templeton Prize, honoring individuals whose life’s work embodies a fusion of science and...

Tanzania experts suggest overhaul of COVID-19 denial policy

May. 17, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A special committee of health experts formed by Tanzania's new president on Monday recommended an overhaul of the country's approach to COVID-19, which until lately was to deny its existence. Soon after being sworn into office in March, President...

Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all

May. 09, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad's capital, there are no debates over which coronavirus vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. Not even for the doctors and nurses like her, who...

General: China's Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic

May. 06, 2021 06:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to...

Tanzania's new president on two-day state visit to Kenya

May. 04, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on a two-day state visit to Kenya aimed at improving trade relations between the two East African neighbors which had deteriorated as a result of her predecessor's denial of COVID-19. Hassan has agreed to...

40,000 displaced in north Mozambique after assault on Palma

Apr. 20, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some 40,000 displaced and urgently needing food, work suspended on a multi-billion-dollar gas investment, and scores of dead still being counted. The damage caused by Mozambique's extremist rebels in their deadly assault on the northeastern town of...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

Apr. 11, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897 miles, is expected to begin...