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Egyptian gets 3 years for sexually assaulting minor girls

May. 23, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Monday sentenced a prominent businessman to three years in prison for sexually assaulting seven minor girls in an orphanage he founded, the state-run news agency reported. The Cairo Criminal Court also ordered Mohamed el-Amin, a pro-government tycoon...

Egypt promises to allow protest, push pledges as COP27 host

May. 23, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate “non-adversarial” talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and...

Lone survivor of 2009 plane crash testifies in Paris court

May. 23, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a 2009 plane crash in the Indian Ocean took the stand Monday in a Paris courtroom, recounting her ordeal as a 12-year-old girl hearing screams, clinging to floating debris and desperately hoping that her mother was still alive. Bahia Bakari's...

Zimbabwe opens conference to promote sales of elephant ivory

May. 23, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has opened an international conference to try to win international support for its campaign to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory. If the southern African country is not permitted to sell off its 130 tons of ivory, estimated to be...

New floods in eastern South Africa displace more than 300

May. 23, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 300 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of renewed heavy rains, flooding and mudslides in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, weeks after severe flooding killed more than 400 people and displaced more than 40,000 others. The new...

Uganda detains opposition figure urging protests over prices

May. 23, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan opposition figure who is calling for street protests against rising commodity prices is being detained inside his home by police. Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate, has been unable to leave his home outside the capital, Kampala,...

Egypt court sentences pro-democracy activist to four years

May. 23, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a pro-democracy activist to four years in prison for disseminating false news, a defense lawyer said. The court of misdemeanors in Cairo convicted Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi, a co-founder of the Civil Democratic Movement, an...

Ethiopia launches crackdown on journalists and activists

May. 23, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security officials are conducting a massive operation across the country that has led to the arrests of more than 4,500 people in one region alone. The crackdown on journalists, activists and others, dubbed a “law enforcement operation,” came into effect after...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

USC-Upstate grad’s bold artwork is gaining global acclaim

May. 23, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Early on a school day sometime in 2014, a retired police cruiser pulled around to the loading dock at Dorman High School. Strapped to the top of the Crown Victoria were a pair of giant canvases, paintings in progress for Ludovic Nkoth, who was trying,...