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Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings

Jul. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Three men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. A fourth suspect who fled the scene was given life in prison. After several hours of deliberation, the court handed...

ICC panel upholds Congo child soldiers reparation order

Jul. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld a ruling that found a convicted warlord from the Democratic Republic of Congo liable for $10 million in reparations to hundreds of victims. Thursday's appeals judgment also cleared the way for more victims to seek...

Libya's UN-backed government says female lawmaker abducted

Jul. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government has accused forces loyal to a military commander battling to capture Tripoli of abducting a female lawmaker known for her critical views of his military operations. The Tripoli-based government, which is at odds with commander Khalifa Hifter and the rival,...

Sudanese protesters rally to condemn June crackdown

Jul. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Thursday to condemn the deadly crackdown by security forces last month, as tensions remain high despite recent progress toward a power-sharing deal with the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded months...

Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...

Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

Johnny Clegg, anti-apartheid musician in South Africa, dies

Jul. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday. He was 66 and had pancreatic cancer. The Grammy-nominated and British-born...

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Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings

Jul. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Three men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. A fourth suspect who fled the scene was given life in prison. After several hours of deliberation, the court handed...

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

Athlete guilty in green card case after incriminating text

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former pro soccer player from Liberia has been convicted of lying about his marriage to a Rhode Island woman in order to gain permanent legal residency in the U.S. Authorities started investigating after a U.S immigration official examining a phone belonging to the man's wife saw...

Sudanese protesters rally to condemn June crackdown

Jul. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Thursday to condemn the deadly crackdown by security forces last month, as tensions remain high despite recent progress toward a power-sharing deal with the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded months...

Migrants in Libya detention center detail dire conditions

Jul. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Migrants held at a small, dilapidated detention center in the southern Libyan city of Sabha say they are being neglected by international organizations and often go hungry due to lack of food. One of the detained is Ahmed Saleh Ibrahim, a 19-year-old Sudanese who made his way into...

Libya's UN-backed government says female lawmaker abducted

Jul. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's U.N.-backed government has accused forces loyal to a military commander battling to capture Tripoli of abducting a female lawmaker known for her critical views of his military operations. The Tripoli-based government, which is at odds with commander Khalifa Hifter and the rival,...

Manchester Arena bombing suspect denies 22 counts of murder

Jul. 18, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The brother of the suicide bomber who killed almost two dozen people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester two years ago appeared in court Thursday to face 22 charges of murder. Hashem Abedi's lawyer, Zafar Ali, said his client denied the charges. The 22-year-old is the younger brother of...

ICC panel upholds Congo child soldiers reparation order

Jul. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld a ruling that found a convicted warlord from the Democratic Republic of Congo liable for $10 million in reparations to hundreds of victims. Thursday's appeals judgment also cleared the way for more victims to seek...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...