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Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

Zimbabwe's civil servants protest pay as inflation hits 176%

Jul. 16, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers Tuesday protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy. Holding placards and singing songs denouncing the country's...

Johnny Clegg, anti-apartheid musician in South Africa, dies

Jul. 16, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Johnny Clegg, a South African musician who performed in defiance of racial barriers imposed under the country's apartheid system decades ago and celebrated its new democracy under Nelson Mandela, died Tuesday. He was 66 and had pancreatic cancer. The Grammy-nominated and British-born...

6 minutes: Man haunted by family's final moments on 737 Max

Jul. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

When Paul Njoroge gets on an airplane, he becomes fixated on the first few minutes after takeoff. "I have to look at my watch and see when I reach the 6-minute mark," Njoroge says. That is the length of time that a Boeing 737 Max carrying his wife, three young children and mother-in-law was airborne before...

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said. Greater Manchester Police said Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been arrested for...

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held in the...

Officials: Migrants return to bombed Libya detention center

Jul. 16, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Libyan detention center where an airstrike killed more than 50 people two weeks ago is filling with migrants again, and work has resumed at a nearby weapons workshop, despite calls from the United Nations to empty the compound and others like it near the front-lines of the country's civil...

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members. The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them...

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Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

Men who lost family members in Max crash seek safety changes

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

Two men who lost family members in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia called on Congress to change Federal Aviation Administration procedures that let company employees perform safety inspections on planes as they are being built. Paul Njoroge, who lost three children, his wife and mother-in-law...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The latest deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international emergency , the World Health Organization announced Wednesday. Here's a timeline of key events since this outbreak, now the second deadliest of Ebola in history, was declared almost a year ago in a region described as a...

Contracts signed to build new African American museum in SC

Jul. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Crews are ready to start construction on a museum in South Carolina chronicling the history of African Americans built on the site where thousands of slaves first stepped on U.S. soil. The Charleston City Council on Tuesday approved $60 million in contracts to begin work on the...

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers. The signing ceremony held in the...

The Latest: Man who lost daughter questions FAA inspections

Jul. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on aircraft safety and the Boeing 737 Max (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A man whose daughter was killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed in March called on legislators to end the Federal Aviation Administration's use of...

Brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber arrested in UK

Jul. 17, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people was arrested Wednesday at a London airport after being extradited from Libya, British police said. Greater Manchester Police said Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been arrested for...

Militants behead 4 people in Egypt's Sinai

Jul. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say militants have beheaded four people in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The officials say the militants attacked a group of people in the small town of Bir al-Abd on Wednesday, beheading four and kidnapping a fifth after accusing them of...

AP names Andrew Drake as deputy news director for Africa

Jul. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Associated Press on Wednesday named an award-winning video producer with years of experience leading coverage in Africa as its deputy news director for Africa. Andrew Drake, who currently is a video assignment editor in London, will assume his new role next month. He will be based at the...