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Nigeria singer sentenced to death in north for blasphemy

Aug. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A young musician in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. An Upper Shariah Court found Yahaya Sharif, 22, guilty for circulating a song described as insulting Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp in March. He has 30...

Police say 19 inmates, guards killed in Somalia prison riot

Aug. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least 19 people were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. He said...

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, speaks at a news conference after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.The country's central election commission said that with all ballots counted, Lukashenko, who has led Belarus for 26 years, took 80.23% of the vote and his main opposition challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had only 9.9%.

Opposition candidate leaves Belarus, urges end to protests

Aug. 11, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The top opposition candidate in Belarus' presidential vote, who initially refused to concede her defeat amid a massive police crackdown on protesters, said Tuesday she has left for Lithuania and called on her supporters to end demonstrations. Looking haggard and distressed, Sviatlana...

A news alert is displayed on a mobile phone in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Asia Today: New Zealand reports 1st local cases in 102 days

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the...

Oklahoma deputy fatally shoots man after brief chase

Aug. 11, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who tried to grab another deputy’s gun following a brief chase early Tuesday, a sheriff said. The chase began when a deputy tried to stop the man for having no rear lights about 2 a.m. on the eastern edge of Tulsa, said...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, poll watcher Jane Grimes Meneely, right, watches as voters sign in at the Martha O'Bryan Center community building in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

Aug. 11, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 1937, the state of Pennsylvania has had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations and challenge the eligibility of voters. The restrictions are meant to limit the use of “poll monitors” long sent by both parties to look out for voting mishaps but at times...

3 face years in Burundi prison for stone-throwing at leader

Aug. 11, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence has caused an outcry, but the governor says he thinks there will be “changes in this affair” in the coming days. The...

Student dead in shooting at Southern Arkansas University

Aug. 11, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A Southern Arkansas University student was killed another wounded in an early Tuesday shooting in a campus parking lot, the school said. “The incident is under investigation, but we know one student was killed and another injured” in the shooting at the campus in...

Three stand up paddlers on the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun sets, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German authorities conduct raids in money laundering probe

Aug. 11, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities raided an import-export company and the home of a businessman in the state of Brandenburg on Tuesday on suspicion he was involved in a scheme to launder millions of euros (dollars) for Russian criminals, prosecutors said. The suspect is accused of receiving some 7 million...

Jailed Zimbabwean journalist is denied rights, say lawyers

Aug. 11, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for...