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Biden praises Kenyan President Ruto for 'his bold leadership' as White House marks state visit

May. 23, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday praised Kenya's William Ruto for “his bold leadership” as the White House marked the first state visit to the United States by an African leader in more than 15 years. Ruto spoke of building a more promising future. The Kenyan...

In South Africa, a community struggling for clean water reflects wider discontent ahead of election

May. 23, 2024 10:09 AM EDT

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa. (AP) — On days when a municipal truck comes to Hammanskraal to deliver drinking water, a queue of South Africans starts forming early in the morning to fill their buckets. This is not a distant, rural community, but a township on the edge of the...

Family of American caught in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son, Tyler Thompson, was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, in a statement provided to The Associated Press. ...

Biden is honoring Kenya with state visit as the East African nation prepares to send police to Haiti

May. 22, 2024 19:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House for a three-day state visit and designating the East African nation a major non-NATO ally as it prepares to deploy forces to Haiti as part of U.N.-led effort to address the security crisis in the...

Ex-South African leader Zuma, now a ruling party critic, is disqualified from next week's election

May. 20, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma was disqualified Monday from running for a Parliament seat in next week's national election because of a previous criminal conviction. The decision by the country's highest court is certain to raise political tensions ahead...

Companies are trying to attract more smartphone users across Africa. But there are risks

May. 19, 2024 02:20 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Anita Akpeere prepared fried rice in her kitchen in Ghana's capital as a flurry of notifications for restaurant orders lit up apps on her phone. “I don’t think I could work without a phone in my line of business,” she said, as requests came in for her signature dish, a...

South Africa's election could bring a defining moment — and new complications. Here's what to know

May. 17, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's election will determine how weary the country has become of the ruling African National Congress party, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the...

Ex-South African leader's corruption trial date set as he fights another case to run for election

May. 16, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma will go on trial for alleged corruption next April, four years after he was formally charged with taking bribes in connection with a multi-billion-dollar arms deal and 20 years after he was first implicated, prosecutors said...

Morocco’s automotive industry shifts gears to prep for electric vehicle era

May. 15, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) — A train that travels from rural northern Morocco to a port on the Mediterranean Sea carries no passengers. Three times a day, it brings hundreds of cars stacked bumper to bumper from a Renault factory outside Tangiers to vessels that transport them to European...

Nigeria labor unions protest higher electricity prices

May. 13, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Labor unions in Nigeria staged nationwide protests on Monday over recent increases in electricity prices following the removal of subsidies by the West African nation’s government. The unions made up of government workers were picketing offices of public...