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Tensions high as South Sudan faces unity government deadline

Oct. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's fragile peace deal is faltering less than a month before the country's president and armed opposition leader are meant to form a coalition government and begin the long recovery from a five-year civil war. Some doubt it's safe enough for opposition leader Riek Machar...

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

Oct. 16, 2019 4:19 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital....

9 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 16, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president's bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores of people wounded, a doctor told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Some of the bullet wounds indicate that...

Ex-Mozambique finance minister fights extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang is challenging attempts to extradite him to the United States for a corruption trial related to a $2 billion debt scandal that rocked his country's economy. At his extradition hearing Wednesday in neighboring South Africa, Mozambique's...

Sudanese rebel group suspends peace talks after attack

Oct. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese rebel group says it has suspended peace talks with the transitional government, accusing the military of storming a southern area under its control. The Sudan Liberation Movement-North says it canceled Wednesday's scheduled round of talks in South Sudan's Juba following the arrest...

Mozambique counts votes amid sporadic protests

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Vote counting continues Wednesday in Mozambique's presidential and parliamentary elections, after isolated incidents of vandalism and violence tainted a generally peaceful night of tallying the ballots. One person was killed by police dispersing a crowd at a voting station after...

Libya's coast guard intercepts 90 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 16, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 90 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat with 90 African migrants, including seven women, was stopped on Tuesday off Khoms town, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital,...

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Oct. 15, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday. This time, the building was discovered in President Muhammadu Buhari's...

Egypt says archaeologists uncovered 20 ancient coffins

Oct. 15, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered at least 20 ancient wooden coffins in the southern city of Luxor. A brief statement from the ministry says Tuesday says archaeologists found the coffins in the Asasif Necropolis. The necropolis, located in the ancient town of West...

Delay in ex-South African leader's case as appeal planned

Oct. 15, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (AP) — Court proceedings for former South African president Jacob Zuma were pushed back to Feb. 4 on Tuesday as his legal team said it would appeal a ruling dismissing its attempt to halt prosecution on graft charges for good. Zuma faces charges of corruption, money...

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Sudanese rebel group suspends peace talks after attack

Oct. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese rebel group says it has suspended peace talks with the transitional government, accusing the military of storming a southern area under its control. The Sudan Liberation Movement-North says it canceled Wednesday's scheduled round of talks in South Sudan's Juba following the arrest...

9 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 16, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president's bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores of people wounded, a doctor told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Some of the bullet wounds indicate that...

Ex-Mozambique finance minister fights extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang is challenging attempts to extradite him to the United States for a corruption trial related to a $2 billion debt scandal that rocked his country's economy. At his extradition hearing Wednesday in neighboring South Africa, Mozambique's...

Libya's coast guard intercepts 90 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 16, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 90 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat with 90 African migrants, including seven women, was stopped on Tuesday off Khoms town, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital,...

Libyan official: Tripoli is restricting our oil revenues

Oct. 16, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya's parallel government in the east said rival, U.N.-backed authorities in Tripoli have restricted oil revenues to areas under its control, as eastern-allied militias battle to seize control of the capital. Libya remains split between two governments — one...

2 shipping companies plead guilty to hiding oil pollution

Oct. 16, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two shipping companies incorporated in Liberia pleaded guilty in Delaware to presenting falsified documents to the U.S. Coast Guard to hide oil pollution caused by one of their cargo ships. A U.S. Department of Justice statement says Nederland Shipping Company and Chartworld...

Mozambique counts votes amid sporadic protests

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Vote counting continues Wednesday in Mozambique's presidential and parliamentary elections, after isolated incidents of vandalism and violence tainted a generally peaceful night of tallying the ballots. One person was killed by police dispersing a crowd at a voting station after...

Tensions high as South Sudan faces unity government deadline

Oct. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's fragile peace deal is faltering less than a month before the country's president and armed opposition leader are meant to form a coalition government and begin the long recovery from a five-year civil war. Some doubt it's safe enough for opposition leader Riek Machar...

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

Oct. 16, 2019 4:19 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When hundreds of video cameras with the power to identify and track individuals started appearing in the streets of Belgrade as part of a major surveillance project, some protesters began having second thoughts about joining anti-government demonstrations in the Serbian capital....

Rights groups call on Egypt authorities to free journalist

Oct. 15, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International are calling for the Egyptian government to release a journalist who they say has been detained by security officials, and investigate allegations that she has been beaten and tortured in custody. The groups said Esraa Abdel...