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Sudan military says 3 members of ruling council resign

Apr. 24, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's ruling military council said three of its members resigned Wednesday amid heightened tensions with the organizers of protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir after three decades in power. The announcement came after generals met with leaders of an opposition group that...

Gunmen attack migrant detention center in Libya's Tripoli

Apr. 24, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen attacked a detention center holding hundreds of migrants in Libya's capital, where fighting has raged between rival militias since a military commander launched an offensive earlier this month, a rights group said Wednesday. Amnesty International said armed men raided the Qasr Ben...

Italy requests EU plan against migrant wave from Libya

Apr. 24, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's government has written to the European Union asking it to prepare a plan of action to address the risk of a new wave of migrants escaping from the armed conflict in Libya. Italy's Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero spoke on Wednesday at a joint news conference in Rome after meeting with the...

Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two former monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the sentences Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal. The two were...

The Latest: Russian official calls for Libya cease-fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya, where armed groups are battling for control of the capital, Tripoli (all times local): 3 p.m. A top Russian diplomat has called on the self-styled Libyan National Army to cease fire and stop its advance on the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Asked if...

Egypt: Archaeologists uncover ancient tomb with mummies

Apr. 24, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient tomb with mummies believed to date back about 2,000 years in the southern city of Aswan. The Antiquities Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the tomb is from the Greco-Roman period, which began with Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. It...

South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of the worst-hit areas of South Sudan's latest outbreak. "Every time I see the graves I feel like crying,"...

Justin Thomas launches foundation for children, military

Apr. 23, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

Justin Thomas is the latest PGA Tour player to launch a foundation, and it wasn't anything he threw together overnight. "We've been talking about it the last couple of years," Thomas said. "My mom has done an unbelievable job of making sure everything was done properly. We've talked to so many other athletes,...

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president's rule

Apr. 23, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising. El-Sissi led the military...