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UN extends arms embargo on armed groups in volatile Congo

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo on armed groups in Congo, which is facing an upsurge in violence in the mineral-rich east, with Russia, China and its three African members abstaining. Congo’s government has...

UN rep in South Sudan urges authorities to prepare for polls

Jun. 30, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country's transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining...

UN rights panel says it is alarmed over Ethiopia's abuses

Jun. 30, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A United Nations rights panel focusing on Ethiopia says it's alarmed over continued violations and abuses in the East African country. The Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, created by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate abuses and rights...

UN envoy warns Congo's M23 rebels are acting like an army

Jun. 29, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Congo warned Wednesday that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s volatile east and could threaten the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with protecting civilians. ...

African Union urges calm in Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute

Jun. 29, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African Union says it is deeply concerned by “the escalating military tension” between Ethiopia and Sudan after seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian were killed in a border dispute. The statement Wednesday by the chairman of the continent-wide...

Ethiopia names negotiators for looming Tigray peace process

Jun. 28, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian authorities have named a team of seven negotiators for possible peace talks with Tigray forces. The announcement comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced earlier in June the formation of a committee to handle negotiations with...

AP PHOTOS: In Kenya, nearly a decade of mangrove restoration

Jun. 28, 2022 02:24 AM EDT

The village of Gazi Bay on Kenya's coast, just 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of bustling Mombasa and tucked away from the country's well-trodden tourism circuit, has gained traction in recent years as a model for restoring and tending carbon-sucking mangrove trees that now crowd its bright green...

Germany returns artifacts taken from 3 African nations

Jun. 27, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Monday that numerous priceless artifacts taken from African nations during colonial times will be permanently returned. Among the artifacts is a shell-studded statue of the mother goddess Ngonnso', which holds great spiritual significance for the...

Ethiopia kills 7 Sudanese soldiers, civilian in border area

Jun. 27, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopia killed seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian in a border area in the latest sign of deteriorating ties between the east African nations. A Sudanese military statement late Sunday described the killings as a “cowardly act” and said Khartoum would...

To combat coral bleaching, Kenya turns to reef nurseries

Jun. 27, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

WASINI, Kenya (AP) — Minutes away from the Kenyan mainland, the densely forested island of Wasini is one of several starting lines for coral reef restoration efforts in the western Indian Ocean. On a rare calm day during the normally turbulent monsoon season, four divers, carrying measuring...