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'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Ailing Iranian held by Somali pirates is released

Sep. 21, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A humanitarian group working to free people taken hostage by Somali pirates in recent years says an Iranian man held for four-and-a-half years has been released and is on his way home. A statement Saturday by the Hostage Support Partnership says Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh had...

Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Sep. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by the...

Zimbabwe doctor is found alive after alleged abduction

Sep. 20, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean doctor whose alleged abduction led to days of protests has been freed, activists announced on Friday, as the government asserted he had simply been missing. The disappearance had raised fresh concerns about dozens of abductions of government critics this year alone. The...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape...

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though this...

Ethiopia: Egypt's Nile dam proposal is against 'sovereignty'

Sep. 20, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's foreign ministry in a sharply worded statement Friday dismissed Egypt's latest proposal on a massive Nile River dam project as "against the sovereignty of Ethiopia." The statement came shortly after Egypt said a new round of talks over the filling and operation of...

Migrant shooting highlights concern about Libyan coast guard

Sep. 20, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The death of a Sudanese man from a gunshot wound after a group of migrants fled from guards taking them to a detention center in Libya is raising fresh, troubling questions about the plight of people caught in the conflict-torn country and the role of the European Union-trained Libyan coast...

Nigeria police nab main suspect in apparent serial killings

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria say they have arrested the main suspect in apparent serial killings that have sparked protests by women demanding greater security. Police announced on Twitter that they were questioning the man. At least eight women have been strangled in hotel rooms in southern...

Nigerian military accuses aid group of aiding Boko Haram

Sep. 20, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army has shut down offices of the international aid organization Action Against Hunger, accusing it of providing food and drugs to the Boko Haram extremist group. The army issued a persona non grata action on Thursday against the organization after shutting offices in...

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Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rare anti-government protests broke out in Egypt Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The former army general has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands. El-Sissi came to power with the military's ouster of an elected...

Ailing Iranian held by Somali pirates is released

Sep. 21, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A humanitarian group working to free people taken hostage by Somali pirates in recent years says an Iranian man held for four-and-a-half years has been released and is on his way home. A statement Saturday by the Hostage Support Partnership says Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh had...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Yemen rebels say they're halting attacks on Saudi Arabia

Sep. 20, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels said late Friday night that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom. The U.S. and the Saudis blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which backs...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape...

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his recent criticism of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

The Latest: Greek refugee camp unable to house new arrivals

Sep. 20, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 12:30 a.m. Malta has taken in 35 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by a humanitarian ship a day earlier. The Ocean Viking had assisted Maltese authorities and pulled the migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat on...

'Climate strike' crosses continents: A look at the protests

Sep. 20, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched, rallied and demonstrated around the world Friday, demanding action to combat climate change. A look at some of the "Global Climate Strike" protests: AFRICA — KENYA: Some young protesters in Nairobi wore hats and outfits fashioned...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Trial ordered for SEAL and Marine charged in soldier's death

Sep. 20, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The case against a U.S. Navy SEAL and a Marine who are charged in the hazing-related death of a Green Beret will go to trial. The U.S. Navy said in a statement Friday that an admiral referred the charges against SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez to a court-martial...