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Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fisherfolk

Jul. 06, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

Children among 50 held 100 days after Nigeria train attack

Jul. 06, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least five children are among the 50 people still held by gunmen who attacked a passenger train near Nigeria’s capital, their families said Wednesday as they held a protest demanding more action from authorities to rescue the hostages. As the families...

Congo and Rwanda agree to reduce tensions over M23 rebels

Jul. 06, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rwanda and Congo have agreed to reduce tensions following one-day talks between their presidents mediated by Angola, Congo’s presidency announced Wednesday. The two countries will revive a Congo-Rwanda commission which will resume activities on July 12 in...

Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria's capital, 879 inmates escape

Jul. 06, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 900 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. At least 443 of the 879 escapees are still missing, Umar Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional...

South African president decries deaths of 21 teens in tavern

Jul. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — The deaths of 21 teenagers in a nightclub tragedy is a crime and South African officials must increase steps to prevent alcohol from being illegally sold to youths, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “We do not know yet...

Ukraine's shadow: Deadly crises like Somalia starved of aid

Jul. 06, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than two dozen children have died of hunger in the past two months in a single hospital in Somalia. Dr. Yahye Abdi Garun has watched their emaciated parents stumble in from rural areas gripped by the driest drought in decades. And yet no humanitarian aid arrives. ...

Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

Jul. 06, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Somalia’s president on Wednesday called for assistance from Turkey to combat the effects of severe drought that is threatening the Horn of Africa. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the comments during his first visit to Turkey since returning to office following an...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...

South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy

Jul. 06, 2022 04:43 AM EDT
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy.

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.

Jul. 06, 2022 03:22 AM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.