Latest East Africa News

The Latest: Education Dept OKs Georgia plan for relief funds

Jul. 24, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Education approved Georgia’s plans to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Federal officials already distributed two-thirds of the $4.2 billion that Georgia schools received under the American Rescue Plan, the relief...

Tanzania receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 24, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Saturday received its first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government. Tanzania had been among the few countries in Africa yet to receive vaccines or start inoculating its...

UN experts: Africa became hardest hit by terrorism this year

Jul. 23, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Africa became the region hardest hit by terrorism in the first half of 2021 as the Islamic State and al-Qaida extremist groups and their affiliates spread their influence, boasting gains in supporters and territory and inflicting the greatest casualties, U.N. experts...

US airstrike in Somalia is 2nd this week against al-Shabab

Jul. 23, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this week, U.S. forces on Friday conducted an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia. The earlier strike, on Tuesday, was the first in Somalia since President Joe Biden took office in January. In a brief...

Eritrean refugees under attack in Ethiopia's Tigray war

Jul. 23, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of Eritrean refugees are increasingly caught in the middle of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where witnesses and U.N. officials say forces have attacked their camps, abducted or killed some of the residents, and stolen their food and possessions....

The Latest: Indian government dismisses excess deaths study

Jul. 22, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

DELHI, India — India's government has dismissed a recent study which estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it “misleading” and “fallacious." On Tuesday, new research by the Center for...

Main Tanzania opposition party says leader arrested, missing

Jul. 21, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania’s leading opposition party said Wednesday the whereabouts of its party leader Freeman Mbowe are unknown after police arrested him Tuesday while he met with 10 other officials. “We see this as a kidnapping,” CHADEMA secretary general...

South Korean gov't apologizes over virus-stricken destroyer

Jul. 20, 2021 07:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s prime minister on Tuesday apologized for “failing to carefully take care of the health” of hundreds of sailors who contracted the coronavirus on a navy ship taking part in an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. The outbreak...

The Latest: Korea PM apologizes for virus surge on destroyer

Jul. 19, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s prime minister has offered a public apology over a large-scale coronavirus outbreak on a destroyer on an anti-piracy mission off East Africa. Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Tuesday the government is “very sorry for failing to...

US extends temporary status for Somalis, citing civil strife

Jul. 19, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas extended temporary legal status to hundreds of Somalis on Monday to allow them to remain in the United States for an additional 18 months during civil strife in the African nation. It is the 25th extension...