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EU envoy: Ethiopian leadership vowed to 'wipe out' Tigrayans

Jun. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s leaders in closed-door talks with a European Union special envoy earlier this year said “they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans for 100 years,” the envoy said this week, warning that such an aim “looks for us like ethnic cleansing.” ...

EU envoy says Ethiopia’s leaders told him that 'they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans,' but Ethiopia denies it

Jun. 18, 2021 09:16 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — EU envoy says Ethiopia’s leaders told him that 'they are going to wipe out the Tigrayans,' but Ethiopia denies it.

UN: Millions driven from homes in 2020 despite COVID crisis

Jun. 18, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — War, violence, persecution, human rights violations and other factors caused nearly 3 million people to flee their homes last year, even though the COVID-19 crisis restricted movement worldwide, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report Friday. In its...

Ethiopia finally set to vote as PM vows 1st fair election

Jun. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopians will vote Monday in a landmark election overshadowed by reports of famine in the country’s war-hit Tigray region and beset by logistical problems that mean some people won’t be able to vote until September. The election is the...

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

Zambia's 1st president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies at age 97

Jun. 17, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died at the age of 97. Kaunda’s death was announced Thursday evening by Zambian...

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccines arrived in Zimbabwe, the 44-year-old street hawker of electronic items is desperate...

Prosecutors request life sentence for 'Hotel Rwanda' hero

Jun. 17, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan prosecutors on Thursday requested a life sentence for the man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” as he faces terrorism charges, while his family asserts that he faces mistreatment and an unfair trial. Paul Rusesabagina, once praised...

Ethiopia urges Tigray rights inquiry to 'immediately cease'

Jun. 17, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government is urging an African Union body to “immediately cease” a new commission of inquiry into allegations of abuses in the country’s Tigray region, where months of deadly conflict have led to warnings of famine and “ethnic cleansing.” ...

Spanish prize honors group empowering African girls, women

Jun. 16, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A consortium of non-profit groups that aims to reduce poverty in Africa through educating more girls and empowering women has won a Princess of Asturias award. The Campaign for Female Education, or CAMFED, was chosen in the International Aid category, a...