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UN chief criticizes Central African Republic forces' actions

Jun. 16, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized the Central African Republic’s security and allied forces in a new report for an “unprecedented increase in hostile threats and incidents” targeting U.N. peacekeepers and alleged human rights abuses. ...

Laureano HR, nifty catch in return, streaking A’s top Angels

Jun. 16, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramón Laureano hit a home run and made a homer-robbing catch in his return from the injured list, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Wednesday for their sixth straight win. Shohei Ohtani homered for the second...

Israeli airstrikes target Gaza sites, first since cease-fire

Jun. 16, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, and Palestinians responded by sending a series of fire-carrying balloons back across the border for a second straight day — further testing the fragile cease-fire that ended last month’s war...

US pledges funding to help Egypt move to solar power

Jun. 16, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United States is planning to increase funding to Egypt to help it convert to solar energy and move away from fossil fuels, U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry said in Cairo on Wednesday. Egypt is “blessed to be the number one country in the...

Ivory Coast's ex-president to return 10 years after arrest

Jun. 16, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to accept defeat in Ivory Coast's 2010 presidential election sparked months of violence that killed at least 3,000 people and brought the country to the brink of civil war. It's been more than a decade since his...

Spanish prize honors group empowering African girls, women

Jun. 16, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A consortium of non-profit groups that aims to reduce poverty in Africa through educating more girls and empowering women has won a Princess of Asturias award. The Campaign for Female Education, or CAMFED, was chosen in the International Aid category, a...

South Africa marks anniversary of Soweto student protests

Jun. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's high rate of unemployment has cast a pall over Youth Day, the holiday honoring the 45th anniversary of the Soweto student protests which played a key role in ending apartheid, the previous regime of racist, minority rule. On June 16,...

Leaders of Islamist group in Tanzania freed, charges dropped

Jun. 16, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Leaders of an Islamist group that advocated for independence for Tanzania’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar have seen terrorism-related charges against them dropped, officials said Wednesday. The two top leaders of the civil society group...

Murphy homers again, Montas wins as A's beat Angels 6-4

Jun. 16, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Frankie Montas induced Shohei Ohtani’s inning-ending double play in the third, then struck out the two-way star with three splitters low in the zone to finish the fifth. Sure, Ohtani hit his 18th homer late — but he did minimal damage at the...

Ethiopia envoy: Eritrean troops in Tigray will `leave soon'

Jun. 15, 2021 23:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Eritrean troops who have been fighting with his country’s forces in a war against the Tigray region’s fugitive leaders “will definitely leave soon,” a move that would be welcomed by many including the United...