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2 Malta soldiers charged with race crimes in migrant death

May. 19, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Maltese soldiers have pleaded not guilty to charges they participated in a racially-motivated, fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast. The two men, Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech, were also charged Sunday with the April 6 attempted murder of two other men from...

2 Maltese soldiers arrested in drive-by slaying of migrant

May. 18, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister has announced that two armed forces members have been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Saturday on Twitter that an internal investigation would determine whether the men acted...

Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

May. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. think tank that analyzes misinformation online said Friday that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections. A new report from the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab...

Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes

May. 17, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious competition in its 72-year history. "I hadn't realized myself. I didn't know," the 36-year-old French-Senegalese...

A list of nominees at the 2019 BET Awards

May. 16, 2019 11:11 PM EDT

A list of nominees at the 2019 Bet Awards, to air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 23. ____ — Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"; Cardi B, "Money"; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, "Please Me"; Childish Gambino, "This Is America"; Drake, "Nice for What"; The Carters,...

Burkina Faso minister warns terrorists gain ground in Sahel

May. 16, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkina Faso warned Thursday that terrorist activity in Africa's volatile Sahel region is gaining ground and there is "a very real risk" of destabilizing much of West Africa. Alpha Barry told the Security Council that combatting terrorism in the Sahel is a...

Navy SEAL gets year in brig for hazing death of Green Beret

May. 16, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to one year in military prison on Thursday for his role in the 2017 hazing-related death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews is the first of four U.S. service members to face military court proceedings as well as punishment for the...

The Latest: SEAL gets year in prison for Green Beret death

May. 16, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a Navy SEAL charged in the death of a US Army Green Beret (all times local): 8:10 p.m. A U.S. Navy SEAL has been sentenced to a year in military prison for his role in the 2017 strangulation of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Military Judge Capt. Michael Luken sentenced...

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

May. 16, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that...

Aid group: More funds needed for Ebola safe burials in Congo

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international aid organization says it only has enough funding to continue safe burials for Ebola victims in eastern Congo for two more weeks. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Thursday that unless it gets more funding it won't be able to...