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Bola Tinubu sworn in as Nigeria's president amid hopes, skepticism

May. 29, 2023 12:42 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — Bola Tinubu became Nigeria's president on Monday during a period of unprecedented challenges for Africa’s most populous country, leaving some citizens hopeful for a better life and others skeptical that his government would perform better than the one he succeeded. ...

In Nigeria’s hard-hit north, families seek justice as armed groups seek control

May. 28, 2023 07:21 AM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — Christian Jonathan's mother was holding the 9-month-old boy in her arms when she was shot dead during an attack on their village in northwestern Nigeria. The assailants cut off one of Christian's fingers and abandoned him by the side of the road with a bullet wound in his...

Column: Remembering Castleberry, others who paid ultimate price of war

May. 26, 2023 18:04 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Clint Castleberry had one glorious season at Georgia Tech, a whirlwind of a player whose star burned bright. A newspaper scribe dubbed him “Jackrabbit” — a testimonial to his blinding speed on the gridiron. In an era when players lined up on...

UN peacekeeping on 75th anniversary: successes, failures and challenges ahead in a divided world

May. 25, 2023 18:40 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 75th anniversary of U.N. peacekeeping, the United Nations chief said Thursday that peacekeepers are increasingly working in places where there is no peace and praised the more than 4,200 who have given their lives to the cause of peace since the U.N. authorized its...

Calls for unity dominate Africa Day celebrations

May. 25, 2023 14:04 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Calls for unity dominated Thursday's 60th anniversary celebrations for the continent-wide organization preceding the African Union (AU) that represented 55 member states. But critics say the AU has become a paper tiger where there's plenty of talk, but not...

UN conference raises less than $1 billion for climate-wracked Horn of Africa in major disappointment

May. 24, 2023 19:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N. conference on Wednesday raised less than $1 billion of the more than $5 billion organizers were hoping for to help over 30 million people in the Horn of Africa cope with a major climate crisis and mass displacement after years of conflict, a major...

South Africa under more scrutiny over Russian ship as ruling ANC says it would 'welcome' Putin

May. 24, 2023 15:52 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African government was under more pressure Wednesday for declining to release cargo documents relating to the visit by a Russian ship that the United States alleges collected a consignment of weapons for Moscow. Separately, a top official in...

Ukraine foreign minister urges African nations to ditch neutrality in Russia war

May. 24, 2023 12:55 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is urging African countries to abandon their stances of neutrality towards his country’s war with Russia. Many African countries have refused to take sides in the European conflict, with several abstaining from...

Jimmy Carter, 3 months into hospice, is aware of tributes, enjoying ice cream

May. 23, 2023 20:44 PM EDT

NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Three months after entering end-of-life care at home, former President Jimmy Carter remains in good spirits as he visits with family, follows public discussion of his legacy and receives updates on The Carter Center's humanitarian work around the world, his grandson says....

Nigeria opens Africa’s biggest oil refinery as it tries to boost struggling sector

May. 22, 2023 14:54 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday opened Africa’s biggest oil refinery, with hopes it would help the energy-rich country achieve self-sufficiency and become a net exporter of refined petroleum products. The $19 billion facility built by Aliko...