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Customers queue to purchase alcoholic beverages outside the Sam Liquor Store in Thokoza township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 1, 2020.  Liquor stores have reopened Monday after being closed for over two months under lockdown restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

Jun. 1, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday lining up outside liquor stores and celebrated with cheers as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s been a long two months,” said Tony van Schalkwyk, who...

Gunmen attack refugee camp in Niger, cut off water supply

Jun. 1, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dozens of armed men on motorcycles have attacked a town in western Niger that has been hosting 35,000 displaced people, killing three and cutting off the community's water supply, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. UNHCR said it was working to help provide water to the community...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN: Libya's warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

Jun. 1, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Libya's warring factions have agreed to resume cease-fire talks, following days of heavy fighting and eastern-based forces retaking a key town from their rivals after a string of setbacks. The U.N. Mission in Libya said it hoped the new round of talks would...

225 VIPs urge world powers to adopt $2.5 trillion COVID plan

Jun. 1, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 225 current and former global VIPs urged the world’s 20 major economic powers on Monday to hold an urgent meeting to agree to a $2.5 trillion plan to tackle COVID-19 and launch an economic recovery from the pandemic, especially for hard-hit developing and...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Aug, 15, 2018, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, left, during a courtesy call with Zimbabwean President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa at his official State House in Harare.  Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald newspaper has reported Monday June 1, 2020, that Nichols has been called to meet with Zimbabwe’s foreign minister over comments Sunday by U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien that Zimbabwe is one of several “foreign adversaries” taking advantage of the protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a police officer pressed a knee into his neck. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, FILE)

Zimbabwe summons US envoy over White House adviser's comment

Jun. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Harare to a meeting over comments by a White House official suggesting Zimbabwe is among “foreign adversaries” that could face retaliation for trying to foment unrest in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man...

Congo now faces 2nd Ebola outbreak in northern province

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak. Congo also has yet to declare an official end to Ebola in its...

Ethiopia and Sudan urge cooperation to stop border violence

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions. For its part, Sudan's military says that the two countries should deploy a joint force to patrol the border to prevent any violence. The statements...

Roadside bomb near Somalia's capital kills 8 civilians

May. 31, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least eight civilians were killed when a minibus hit a roadside bomb outside the capital on Sunday morning. Abdullahi Ahmed says the minibus hit the bomb in the Hawa Abdi area near Mogadishu. The death toll may rise because many of the surviving...

Anthony Pawnell, a Drake University law student, joins more than a thousand protesters outside the Des Moines Police Department on Friday, May 29, 2020. The protests were a response to the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

May. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining a family member, a human rights group said Saturday. Police confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields" by the man, whom they called a...

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This May 16, 2020, photo provided by Mohamed Soltan shows himself at his home in Fairfax, Va. After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohammed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. (Bushra Soltan via AP)

Egypt's ex-PM faces torture allegation in American's lawsuit

Jun. 1, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After his arrest in 2013 for documenting the deadliest crackdown on protesters in Egypt’s modern history, Mohamed Soltan landed in a notorious prison where he says he was brutally tortured for 21 months. He never thought he'd get a chance to fight back, let alone make it out alive. But...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN: Libya's warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

Jun. 1, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said Libya's warring factions have agreed to resume cease-fire talks, following days of heavy fighting and eastern-based forces retaking a key town from their rivals after a string of setbacks. The U.N. Mission in Libya said it hoped the new round of talks would...

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, June 1, 2020, to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, U.S.A., after being restrained by police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

US adversaries highlight unrest to undercut criticism

Jun. 1, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Standing at a lectern with a backdrop map of the world behind him reminiscent of one at the State Department, the spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry made a point Monday to criticize the U.S. in English amid ongoing protests over police killings of black people....

Preston Griffin, who runs First Class Mortuary Transport, wear protective gear as he leaves area nursing home with a body in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 7, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Sobering US nursing home death report as lockdowns ease

Jun. 1, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a quarter of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States were among nursing home residents, a new report said, a disclosure that came as coronavirus restrictions eased Monday even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks. The Florida Keys welcomed...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Aug, 15, 2018, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols, left, during a courtesy call with Zimbabwean President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa at his official State House in Harare.  Zimbabwe’s state-controlled Herald newspaper has reported Monday June 1, 2020, that Nichols has been called to meet with Zimbabwe’s foreign minister over comments Sunday by U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien that Zimbabwe is one of several “foreign adversaries” taking advantage of the protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a police officer pressed a knee into his neck. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, FILE)

Zimbabwe summons US envoy over White House adviser's comment

Jun. 1, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has summoned the U.S. ambassador in Harare to a meeting over comments by a White House official suggesting Zimbabwe is among “foreign adversaries” that could face retaliation for trying to foment unrest in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, a black man...

Gunmen attack refugee camp in Niger, cut off water supply

Jun. 1, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dozens of armed men on motorcycles have attacked a town in western Niger that has been hosting 35,000 displaced people, killing three and cutting off the community's water supply, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. UNHCR said it was working to help provide water to the community...

Congo now faces 2nd Ebola outbreak in northern province

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak. Congo also has yet to declare an official end to Ebola in its...

Customers queue to purchase alcoholic beverages outside the Sam Liquor Store in Thokoza township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 1, 2020.  Liquor stores have reopened Monday after being closed for over two months under lockdown restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

Jun. 1, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday lining up outside liquor stores and celebrated with cheers as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s been a long two months,” said Tony van Schalkwyk, who...

The gates of St. Edwards' Lewis-Chen Family Soccer Field are locked and marked closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin, Texas. In response to the economic impact of COVID-19, St. Edwards says they are cutting cut six sports programs including men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's soccer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Australia rugby league tour of England canceled

Jun. 1, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The first England-Australia rugby league series in 17 years has been canceled. England’s Rugby Football League and the Australian Rugby League Commission made the joint announcement. England was to play Australia at...

People enjoy the fresh air on benches along Juarez Avenue in central Mexico City, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Mexico's capital plans to reopen certain sectors of the economy and public life beginning Monday, despite the city still being in the most serious

The Latest: S. Korea pushes QR registration for risky venues

May. 31, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Cases steadily rising around South Korean capital....