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FILE- In this Sept. 25 2019 file photo, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections on Monday Dec. 7 2020 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries. The vote is also seen as a test of democracy for the West African nation whose regional neighbors Guinea and Ivory Coast saw leaders hold onto power for third terms after constitutional changes. Whoever wins Ghana’s election will serve their second and final term. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)

Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region

Dec. 5, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections Dec. 7 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries. The vote is also seen as a test of...

This July 2019 image provided by the Sarah Cannon Research Institute shows Victoria Gray on her infusion day during a gene editing trial for sickle cell disease at the Sarah Cannon Research Institute and The Children's Hospital At TriStar Centennial in Nashville. Since her treatment, Gray has weaned herself from pain medications she depended on to manage her symptoms. (Anthem Pictures/Sarah Cannon Research Institute via AP)

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

Dec. 5, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Scientists are seeing promising early results from the first studies testing gene editing for painful, inherited blood disorders that plague millions worldwide. Doctors hope the one-time treatment, which involves permanently altering DNA in blood cells with a tool called CRISPR, may treat and possibly cure sickle...

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Damian T. Donahoe, deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, center, talks with service members during a battlefield circulation Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Somalia. No country has been involved in Somalia's future as much as the United States but now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the nation at what some experts call the worst possible time. (Senior Airman Kristin Savage/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP)

Trump orders most American troops to leave Somalia

Dec. 4, 2020 7:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that...

Tigray refugees arrive on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Ethiopian forces on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 blocked people from the country's embattled Tigray region from crossing into Sudan at the busiest crossing point for refugees, Sudanese forces said. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Thousands killed in Ethiopia's conflict, Tigray side asserts

Dec. 4, 2020 10:05 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Several thousand combatants have been killed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, an official with the fugitive regional government is asserting, although claims remain difficult to verify after a month of fighting between Ethiopian and regional forces. Getachew Reda, a...

Children shelter from the sun in Ankilimarovahatsy, Madagascar,  a village in the far south of the island where most children are acutely malnourished, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. As a consequence of three straight years of drought, along with historic neglect by the government of the remote region as well as the COVID-19 pandemic,1.5 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, according to the U.N. World Food Program. (AP Photo/Laetitia Began)

In southern Madagascar, 'nothing to feed our children'

Dec. 4, 2020 6:25 AM EST

ANKILIMAROVAHATSY, Madagascar (AP) — “It’s the hunger that killed him,” the grieving mother said. In this village in Madagascar’s extreme south, the 31-year-old Lasinatry lost her 3-year-old boy in June as hunger swept the region, more severe than in recent years. “We,...

Ivory Coast ex-president plans to return home from exile

Dec. 4, 2020 10:12 AM EST

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo plans to return to his home country after his passport was returned following his acquittal at The Hague last year, his lawyer said Friday. Gbagbo has been unable to return to the West African nation since his January 2019...

Explosion at South Africa oil refinery, 7 hospitalized

Dec. 4, 2020 5:45 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Seven people were hospitalized after an early-morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery near the harbor in the South African city of Durban on Friday, emergency services officials said. The explosion just after 7 a.m. was heard across the city and caused a large fire that...

Two children stand in front of a light installations called Moongarden at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Greece is on lockdown through Dec. 7 but government officials say it is too early to say when schools and businesses will reopen due to continued pressure on the state-run health service, with intensive care wards near capacity in parts of the country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

AP Week in Pictures, Europe and Africa

Dec. 4, 2020 3:21 AM EST

NOV. 27 – DEC. 3, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Europe and Africa regions. The gallery was curated by AP chief photographer for Iberia, Emilio Morenatti. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram:...

Volunteer Thabisle Khlatshwayo, who received her first shot for a COVID-19 vaccine trial, receives her second shot at a vaccine trial facility set at Soweto's Chris Sani Baragwanath Hospital outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Over 2000 South African volunteers are on AstraZeneca's experimental coronavirus vaccine trial. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Official: Africa needs COVID-19 vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years

Dec. 3, 2020 8:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s top public health official says 60% of the continent’s population needs to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in the next two to three years. The director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters on Thursday...

FILE — In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 file photo, people queue to be tested for COVID-19 at the Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. In a television address to the nation Thursday, Dec. 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke of a drastic surge in coronavirus cases and urged people to take the necessary precautions to prevent the pandemic's spread while re-imposing restrictions in the region. (AP Photo/Theo Jeptha)

South Africa begins return to tougher lockdown measures

Dec. 3, 2020 2:22 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has begun a return to tougher lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 hotspots as it experiences a resurgence of new coronavirus infections, with more than 4,400 new cases in the past 24 hours. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced tougher restrictions for the city of...

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FILE- In this Sept. 25 2019 file photo, Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections on Monday Dec. 7 2020 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries. The vote is also seen as a test of democracy for the West African nation whose regional neighbors Guinea and Ivory Coast saw leaders hold onto power for third terms after constitutional changes. Whoever wins Ghana’s election will serve their second and final term. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, file)

Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region

Dec. 5, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghanaians head to the polls for general elections Dec. 7 that many contend will be a close race between the current head of state and a former president who have faced off twice before in one of the continent’s most politically stable countries. The vote is also seen as a test of...

Today in History

Dec. 5, 2020 12:00 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2020. There are 26 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa’s first Black president, died at age 95. On this date: In 1791, composer...

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Damian T. Donahoe, deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, center, talks with service members during a battlefield circulation Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Somalia. No country has been involved in Somalia's future as much as the United States but now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the nation at what some experts call the worst possible time. (Senior Airman Kristin Savage/Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa via AP)

Trump orders most American troops to leave Somalia

Dec. 4, 2020 7:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad. Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that...

Ivory Coast ex-president plans to return home from exile

Dec. 4, 2020 10:12 AM EST

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo plans to return to his home country after his passport was returned following his acquittal at The Hague last year, his lawyer said Friday. Gbagbo has been unable to return to the West African nation since his January 2019...

Tigray refugees arrive on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Ethiopian forces on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 blocked people from the country's embattled Tigray region from crossing into Sudan at the busiest crossing point for refugees, Sudanese forces said. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Thousands killed in Ethiopia's conflict, Tigray side asserts

Dec. 4, 2020 10:05 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Several thousand combatants have been killed in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, an official with the fugitive regional government is asserting, although claims remain difficult to verify after a month of fighting between Ethiopian and regional forces. Getachew Reda, a...

Children shelter from the sun in Ankilimarovahatsy, Madagascar,  a village in the far south of the island where most children are acutely malnourished, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. As a consequence of three straight years of drought, along with historic neglect by the government of the remote region as well as the COVID-19 pandemic,1.5 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, according to the U.N. World Food Program. (AP Photo/Laetitia Began)

In southern Madagascar, 'nothing to feed our children'

Dec. 4, 2020 6:25 AM EST

ANKILIMAROVAHATSY, Madagascar (AP) — “It’s the hunger that killed him,” the grieving mother said. In this village in Madagascar’s extreme south, the 31-year-old Lasinatry lost her 3-year-old boy in June as hunger swept the region, more severe than in recent years. “We,...

Explosion at South Africa oil refinery, 7 hospitalized

Dec. 4, 2020 5:45 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Seven people were hospitalized after an early-morning explosion and fire at an oil refinery near the harbor in the South African city of Durban on Friday, emergency services officials said. The explosion just after 7 a.m. was heard across the city and caused a large fire that...

Jamillette Gomes holds her two-year-old son, Avian, as he receives a COVID-19 test, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Birx says Americans must be strict for pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 10:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS — The White House coronavirus response coordinator says Americans must not gather indoors with outsiders or take off their masks at any time when they are outdoors -- even when they are eating and drinking. Dr. Deborah Birx says people also have to observe social distancing and wash their...

Attorney charged with plot to steal Somali government funds

Dec. 3, 2020 7:56 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland attorney has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $12.5 million in Somali government assets from financial institutions and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a law firm that kept more than $3 million of the money. A...

In this 2018 photo taken in London shows Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly posing for a photograph after they graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The acting director of a prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers, Ennara, Executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek and Mohammed Bashir, who were arrested last month have been freed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  They were arrested in November after EIPR hosted foreign diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were charged with terrorism and spreading false information. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP)

Rights group says Egypt has freed 3 of its arrested staffers

Dec. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian rights workers who were arrested and slapped with terrorism-related charges last month were freed on Thursday after an outcry over the government’s crackdown on one of the last rights groups still operating in the country. The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...