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This photo provided by the French Defense Ministry shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius,, Sunday Aug.9, 2020. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

Aug. 9, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of...

Mohammed El Garbouh, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Morocco's restrictions to counter the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on the carriage horses in the tourist mecca of Marrakech. Some owners struggle to feed them, and an animal protection group says hundreds of Morocco's horses and donkeys face starvation amid the collapsing tourism industry. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech, and he is still scared about the future for the others. The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other...

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

Aug. 9, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims'...

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Aug. 8, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm,...

Flooding in northeastern Ethiopia displaces nearly 20,000

Aug. 8, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An official in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region says heavy flooding has displaced some 20,000 people from their homes. “The flooding has caused damages to properties and killed several dozens of animals,” Kulsuma Burhaba Ali, deputy head of the...

Recently filled graves are seen in the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020. The frequency of burials in South Africa has significantly increased during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country became one of the top five worst-hit nation. New infection numbers around the world are a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

Aug. 7, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people. While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can...

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, left, greets members of his government before a short ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the independence of Ivory Coast from France in Abidjan Friday Aug. 7, 2020. Ouattara announced earlier that he had accepted the ruling party's nomination and will run for a third presidential term in Octobre. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Ivory Coast president to run for 3rd term amid objections

Aug. 7, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he has accepted the ruling party’s nomination and will run for a third term in October. Ouattara announced the decision Thursday night on the eve of Ivory Coast’s 60th anniversary of independence from France. The ruling...

Gunmen kill at least 20 in village in eastern Burkina Faso

Aug. 7, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen stormed a cattle market and opened fire in an eastern Burkina Faso village Friday, killing at least 20 people and injuring many others, a local government official said. The attack in Namoungou village is being investigated, said Saidou Sanou, the governor of the...

Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono appears at the magistrates courts while handcuffed in Harare, Wednesday, July, 22, 2020. Chin'ono known for exposing alleged government corruption is now accused of plotting against the government. Hopwell Chin'ono appeared alongside Jacob Ngarivhume, an opposition politician who is accused of conspiring with to mobilize anti government protests planned for July 31.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe reporter denied bail as government arrests critics

Aug. 6, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean investigative journalist will remain in jail after a judge dismissed his bail application Thursday, as the United Nations secretary-general raised “concern” about a wave of arrests in the country. Journalist Hopewell Chon’ono has been in detention...

A man reacts as a health worker collects a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19, in Eldorado Park outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa sees dip in new virus cases but warns of return

Aug. 5, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's health minister on Wednesday reported decreasing rates of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but warned that vigilance must continue “to prevent a renewed surge.” South Africa has 521,318 confirmed coronavirus cases, the fifth highest in the world and more than...

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A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: School from crowd photo shifts to online classes

Aug. 9, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

DALLAS, Ga. — A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes shifting online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending in-person. North Paulding High School made headlines soon after students returned...

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

Aug. 9, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims'...

This photo provided by the French Defense Ministry shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius,, Sunday Aug.9, 2020. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

Aug. 9, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of...

Mohammed El Garbouh, a horse carriage owner, waits for customers in the landmark Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Morocco's restrictions to counter the coronavirus pandemic have taken a toll on the carriage horses in the tourist mecca of Marrakech. Some owners struggle to feed them, and an animal protection group says hundreds of Morocco's horses and donkeys face starvation amid the collapsing tourism industry. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Starvation looms for Morocco's horses as tourism collapses

Aug. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Abdenabi Nouidi sold his favorite horse for $150 to help feed the others on the team that pulls tourists in carriages through the buzzing streets of Marrakech, and he is still scared about the future for the others. The prospect of starvation looms for carriage horses and other...

Report: 9 killed in car crash in Egypt’s Nile Delta

Aug. 9, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A car crash on Sunday left at least nine people dead and seven others injured north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the state-run news agency said. The MENA news agency said the crash took place when a microbus collided with a small truck on a highway in the Nile Delta town of Banha, around 60...

In this photo provided by Grégoire Rouxel fuel is in the ocean leaking from a ship, rear right, that ran aground, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Aug. 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government has declared an...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Flooding in northeastern Ethiopia displaces nearly 20,000

Aug. 8, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An official in Ethiopia’s northeastern Afar region says heavy flooding has displaced some 20,000 people from their homes. “The flooding has caused damages to properties and killed several dozens of animals,” Kulsuma Burhaba Ali, deputy head of the...

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Aug. 8, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A car bomb exploded at the gates of a military base in Somalia's capital Saturday, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding 14 others, with the toll expected to rise, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility via its radio arm,...

In this satellite image provided by 2020 Maxar Technologies on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, an aerial view of the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. The prime minister of Mauritius says the government is appealing to France for help with a brewing environmental disaster after a ship that ran aground almost two weeks ago off the Indian Ocean island nation began leaking oil. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said Friday that the leak “represents a danger for Mauritius

Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

Aug. 8, 2020 5:30 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development late Friday as satellite images...