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Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...

Sudanese rebel groups seek peace after years of fighting

Oct. 13, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new, transitional authorities have six months to make peace with the country's rebels under a power-sharing deal reached this summer between the military and the pro-democracy movement following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. If they fail to do so, it could...

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

Algerians protest bill to boost foreign money in oil sector

Oct. 13, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are protesting in front of their parliament against a bill aimed at attracting foreign investment to the oil and gas sector, which underpins the national economy. Surrounded by police, protesters raised their fists and accused the government of selling out...

Eritrean soccer players who defected say they live in fear

Oct. 12, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Soccer gave Mewal Tesfai Yosief hope in an authoritarian nation, a job in a country of forced military conscription and, possibly, freedom at last. After scoring two goals for Eritrea's national under-20 soccer team during a tournament in Uganda late last month, Mewal defected with...

Kenya: Police chief says roadside bomb kills 11 officers

Oct. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says a roadside bomb has killed 11 officers on the country's southern border with Somalia. Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said Saturday the officers' patrol car was blown up on Damajale Hare Hare road near the town of Liboi. No one has claimed responsibility...

Egypt's president to meet with Ethiopia PM over Nile dispute

Oct. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised remarks Sunday the meeting with Abiy Ahmed will...

A look at the Ethiopia-Eritrea war whose end brought a Nobel

Oct. 11, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It was a war that killed some 80,000 people and sputtered to life again and again over two decades, pulling in soldiers including a young Ethiopian who fought in a contested town at the center of the conflict. On Friday, Abiy Ahmed, now Ethiopia's prime minister, received the Nobel...

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Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

The Latest: Tunisia projections say professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the Tunisia presidential election (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Tunisian polling agencies are forecasting that conservative law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won the North African country's presidential election. Saied's supporters exploded with joy, celebrating...

Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race

Oct. 13, 2019 3:09 PM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Projections indicate that Islamist-backed professor Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential race.

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei sets world marathon record in Chicago

Oct. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event. The 25-year-old Kosgei bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago. Kosgei won in Chicago last year in 2:18:35. "I'm...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

176 migrants rescued off Libya, 110 others turned back

Oct. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Humanitarian groups on Sunday said they rescued 176 migrants on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya while Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 migrants from setting off for Italy. Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee said...

Sudanese rebel groups seek peace after years of fighting

Oct. 13, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new, transitional authorities have six months to make peace with the country's rebels under a power-sharing deal reached this summer between the military and the pro-democracy movement following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. If they fail to do so, it could...

Egypt's president to meet with Ethiopia PM over Nile dispute

Oct. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in televised remarks Sunday the meeting with Abiy Ahmed will...

Algerians protest bill to boost foreign money in oil sector

Oct. 13, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are protesting in front of their parliament against a bill aimed at attracting foreign investment to the oil and gas sector, which underpins the national economy. Surrounded by police, protesters raised their fists and accused the government of selling out...