Latest East Africa News

Over 80 killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot dead

Jul. 2, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says. Hachalu Hundessa was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests...

FILE - In this Saturday, April 25, 2020 file photo, a Somali man protests against the killing of at least one civilian during the overnight curfew, which is intended to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, on a street in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia. A military court in Somalia sentenced a police officer to death on Thursday, July 2, 2020, over the fatal shooting of two civilians while enforcing coronavirus restrictions in April. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Somali officer sentenced to death for shooting civilians

Jul. 2, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A military court in Somalia sentenced a police officer to death on Thursday in the fatal shooting of two civilians while enforcing coronavirus restrictions in April. The shootings sparked protests in the capital, Mogadishu, for more than two days, with crowds of angry young men...

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye, left, and his wife Angeline Ndayubaha, right, attend his inauguration in Gitega, Burundi, Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

New Burundi leader hints he'll take COVID-19 more seriously

Jul. 1, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s new president has signaled that his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his dead predecessor, calling the virus the country’s “worst enemy” and announcing new screenings. President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Tuesday...

'Several' killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot dead

Jul. 1, 2020 4:58 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister says “several people” have been killed in unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer this week. Angry protests were reported Tuesday in the capital, Addis Ababa, after Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead on Monday. He had been...

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, center, prepares to cut the ribbon for the reopening of the stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, June 30, 2020. At least three mortar blasts struck the Mogadishu Stadium Tuesday evening, just hours after it was reopened by Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who had left before the shells hit, following years of instability. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Mortar shells hit after Somalia celebrates reopened stadium

Jun. 30, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least three mortar blasts sent sports fans in Somalia ducking for cover Tuesday evening, hours after the Mogadishu Stadium reopened following years of instability. The mortar shells struck in and around the stadium, police Col. Ahmed Muse said. There was no immediate word on any...

Egypt seeks UN resolution on Nile dam ispute with Ethiopia

Jun. 29, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to adopt a resolution giving international clout to efforts to resolve a dispute over the Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile which he said endangers the lives of 150 million Egyptians and...

Somalia to delay elections by 13 months, says official

Jun. 29, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s election body says it intends to delay the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for November by 13 months, citing the country's security problems. Announcing that a new date for the elections in Aug. 2021, Halimo Ismail, chairwoman of the electoral...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...

In this photo taken Saturday, June 20, 2020, Rebecca Nakamanya works at a restaurant near a bus terminal in capital Kampala, Uganda. The COVID-19 pandemic means that millions of women in Africa and other developing regions could lose years of success in contributing to household incomes, asserting their independence and expanding financial inclusion. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Women 'on precipice' in developing countries amid COVID-19

Jun. 28, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Rebecca Nakamanya rolls her eyes, dismissing a question about school fees. What really worries her is how to feed three children and a jobless partner on a daily wage of less than $3, minus transport to and from her job as a cook. “We have not even started thinking about...

Rwanda says 3 soldiers hurt in attack by gunmen near Burundi

Jun. 27, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s military said Saturday that three of its soldiers were wounded in an attack carried out by unidentified gunmen from neighboring Burundi. The attack Friday night targeted the Rwanda Defense Forces’ defensive position in the southern district of Nyaruguru, 1...