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US puts visa restrictions on Uganda, saying vote was flawed

Apr. 16, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says it is imposing visa restrictions on “those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda,“ including during the election in January and the campaign period. Secretary of...

UN: Tigray's humanitarian crisis worsens, no Eritrean exit

Apr. 15, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the grave humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region is deteriorating, with no sign of Eritrean troops withdrawing and alarmingly widespread reports of systematic rape and other sexual violence mainly by...

Africa CDC urges India to lift COVID vaccine export limits

Apr. 15, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa's top health official said Thursday he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all. ...

Amnesty: Eritrean troops still killing in Ethiopia's Tigray

Apr. 15, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrean soldiers remain in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and are killing civilians weeks after Ethiopia said the soldiers would leave, according to Amnesty International. The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet Thursday on...

Somalia's president OKs mandate extension, alarming US, EU

Apr. 14, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president has defiantly signed into law an extension of his mandate and that of his government as the United States and others threatened sanctions and warned of further instability in one of the world’s most fragile countries. ...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Death toll up to 42 after migrant boat capsizes off Djibouti

Apr. 13, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says the death toll has risen to 42 after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti early Monday. Sixteen children were among the dead, spokeswoman Yvonne Ndege said....

UN chief: 52 armies and groups suspected of sexual violence

Apr. 13, 2021 01:50 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic led to a spike in gender-based violence last year and combatants continued to use sexual violence “as a cruel tactic of war" and political repression in a number of countries, the U.N. chief said in a report circulated Monday. ...

Pentagon chief orders review of deadly 2020 attack in Kenya

Apr. 12, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday ordered an Army review of an investigation into a January 2020 militant assault on the Manda Bay military base in Kenya that killed three Americans and wounded three others. In a written statement announcing...

Russia’s FM in Egypt for talks on ties and Ethiopia’s dam

Apr. 12, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Egypt and Russia discussed trade and other ties between the two nations Monday, with Egypt’s top diplomat urging Moscow to help settle Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over a massive dam project. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...