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Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country's political system. The verdict came amid high...

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace

Dec. 10, 2019 8:31 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier informed his determination to seek the end of a long conflict with a neighboring country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke at Oslo City Hall during the ceremony in Norway's...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 8:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

US airstrike kills extremist rebel in Somalia, say officials

Dec. 9, 2019 1:03 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Intelligence officials in Somalia say an airstrike conducted by the U.S. military in the country's south killed a senior extremist of the al-Shabab rebel group. The airstrike on Monday by an unmanned U.S. drone targeted a vehicle outside Sakow, a town in Somalia's Middle Jubba...

Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Flamboyant governor of Kenya's capital charged with graft

Dec. 9, 2019 9:13 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The flamboyant governor of Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, was Monday charged with 19 counts of graft-related charges as the country struggles to tackle runaway corruption. Mike Gideon Mbuvi, widely known as Mike Sonko, denied the charges including embezzlement and money laundering....

U.N. expert urges Ethiopia to stop shutting down internet

Dec. 9, 2019 8:57 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A United Nations expert on the freedom of expression said he has urged Ethiopian officials to stop shutting down the internet. David Kaye, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, told reporters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, that he...

Kenya building collapse toll hits 10 but 2 survivors found

Dec. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers digging through the rubble of a six-story building found two survivors alive Sunday, two days after it collapsed in Nairobi, as the death toll rose to 10. When the survivors of Friday's building collapse were found Sunday morning, a crowd of onlookers burst into cheers...

Algeria's presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers

Dec. 7, 2019 6:02 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's first-ever presidential debate seems to have failed to persuade the country's pro-democracy protesters to take part in next week's election. The five candidates recited their platforms instead of sparring over ideas in the Friday night debate — and they didn't even...

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Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace

Dec. 10, 2019 8:31 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier informed his determination to seek the end of a long conflict with a neighboring country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke at Oslo City Hall during the ceremony in Norway's...

Greece sends letters to UN over Turkey-Libya deal

Dec. 10, 2019 8:03 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent two letters to the United Nations explaining its objections to a maritime boundary deal between Turkey and Libya and asking for the matter to be taken up by the U.N. Security Council, the government spokesman said Tuesday. The country’s foreign minister also...

Peace laureate watches UN court hear Rohingya genocide case

Dec. 10, 2019 7:23 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The justice minister of Gambia appealed to the U.N.’s top court Tuesday to recognize that genocide against Myanmar's Rohingya minority took place and to ensure it does not continue, while Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepared to defend the actions of her country's...

Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country's political system. The verdict came amid high...

Algerian court convicts, imprisons 2 former prime ministers for corruption in landmark trial

Dec. 10, 2019 4:37 AM EST
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian court convicts, imprisons 2 former prime ministers for corruption in landmark trial.

Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year sentence in absentia

Dec. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country's military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion. Mohamed Ali had released a series of viral videos from Spain earlier this year, pitching himself as a...

African countries set meetings to resolve Nile dam dispute

Dec. 9, 2019 8:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have agreed to hold two technical meetings in coming weeks in an effort to resolve a number of issues revolving around a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers of the three countries met in Washington Monday with...

US airstrike kills extremist rebel in Somalia, say officials

Dec. 9, 2019 1:03 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Intelligence officials in Somalia say an airstrike conducted by the U.S. military in the country's south killed a senior extremist of the al-Shabab rebel group. The airstrike on Monday by an unmanned U.S. drone targeted a vehicle outside Sakow, a town in Somalia's Middle Jubba...

Concerned EU weighs response to Turkey-Libya border deal

Dec. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Brussels (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that some EU countries are concerned over Turkey's controversial maritime border agreement with Libya but that the bloc will continue studying the deal before deciding whether to take action. The maritime deal, endorsed by the Turkish...