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UN envoy: More insecurity in Mali will have `drastic' impact

Jun. 14, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy for crisis-wracked Mali warned Monday that further insecurity, especially in the country’s center and north, will have “drastic consequences” for the immediate region and beyond, and urged the military-led transitional government to...

Mormons and NAACP seek to advance work with new initiatives

Jun. 14, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Top leaders from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced $9.25 million in new educational and humanitarian projects Monday as they seek to build on an alliance formed with the NAACP in 2018 as part of the faith's efforts to improve race relations....

Egypt court upholds death sentences for 12 over 2013 sit-in

Jun. 14, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Monday upheld the death sentence for 12 people involved in a 2013 protest by Islamists, including leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported. The 12 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial in...

South Africa rejects 2m J&J vaccines due to FDA decision

Jun. 14, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been hit by further delays as it will have to discard at least 2 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines produced in the country. The vaccines were found by the U.S Food and Drug Administration to be...

Officials: Migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, some 200 missing

Jun. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — U.N. and Yemeni officials said Monday a boat capsized off the coast of war-torn Yemen a day earlier and some 200 migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, were missing. The shipwreck Sunday was the latest sea disaster involving African migrants...

Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalized amid virus surge

Jun. 14, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, has been admitted to hospital, his office announced Monday, as the southern African country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases. Kaunda asked for “all Zambians and the international community to pray for...

South Africa's Higgo wins Palmetto Championship at Congaree

Jun. 13, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Garrick Higgo's day began with a call from South African golfing great Gary Player. It ended in triumph just like so many of Player's Sundays did in his Hall of Fame career. The 22-year-old Higgo won the Palmetto Championship at Congaree for his...

Islamist party makes early victory claim in Algeria election

Jun. 13, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A moderate Islamist party claimed victory Sunday in Algeria's legislative election even though results were not expected for several more days. Less than 24 hours after polls closed in the North African country, the head of the Movement for a...

Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the...

Nigerian refugee's dreams come true in Traverse City

Jun. 13, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Blessing Ovie’s wings weren’t just clipped. They weren’t just broken. No, it was much worse than that. The world took Ovie’s wings from her. The world convinced her that she didn’t have wings, that she never had...