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The Latest: Merck to ship 120,000 more Ebola vaccine doses

Jan. 22, 2019 12:32 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The chairman of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has denied that his company's technology allows China's security forces to eavesdrop on customers and demanded that critics back up the...

Kenyan police say 11 arrested after deadly hotel attack

Jan. 17, 2019 11:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities on Thursday arrested nine more people for their alleged involvement in the deadly extremist attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi this week, bringing the total number of suspects detained to 11, police said. The suspects, "are being questioned on their...

AP Was There: Boston's 'Great Molasses Flood' of 1919

Jan. 15, 2019 5:34 AM EST

Boston's Great Molasses Flood was one of the city's deadliest and most bizarre disasters. A tank containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses buckled, sending a tidal wave of the sticky stuff rampaging through a bustling North End neighborhood exactly 100 years ago Tuesday. Entire buildings were flattened, killing...

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

Jan. 2, 2019 1:45 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country's troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization...

300 uncounted dead: 2015 migrant shipwreck yields new clues

Dec. 20, 2018 4:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names. Two forensic investigators, one crisscrossing Africa and another in a university laboratory in...

Yemen's warring sides said to agree on prisoner swap

Dec. 11, 2018 4:48 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Both sides in Yemen's civil war agreed Tuesday to exchange more than 15,000 prisoners by Jan. 20, a member of the rebel delegation said, in what could be the first major breakthrough in the 4-year-old conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more facing hunger....

The Latest: Red Cross: Migrant policy mustn't add suffering

Dec. 10, 2018 2:45 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 8:40 p.m. A top humanitarian leader admits governments have a right to set migration policy, but insist they shouldn't increase suffering or play into a recent trend toward the "criminalization of compassion."...

Some California fire victims were already living on the edge

Dec. 6, 2018 2:21 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Bob Talk hadn't even transferred the title for his new trailer — the one that was supposed to get him off the streets — when Northern California's deadly wildfire whipped through and turned it to ash. He had lived in the trailer park in Paradise for all of three days....

The Latest: UN official says Houthis blocking access to food

Dec. 6, 2018 10:46 AM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on Yemen developments as warring sides gather for U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The head of the U.N. food agency has accused Shiite Houthi rebels of blocking access to food deliveries to civilians devastated by the war in Yemen. World Food...

The Latest: Soccer match moved to Kiev amid martial law

Nov. 27, 2018 3:18 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 11:15 p.m. UEFA has moved Thursday's Europa League soccer game in Ukraine between Arsenal and FC Vorskla to the capital city of Kiev after parliament voted to impose martial law in parts of the country. Imposing martial law...