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As ties warm, Syria to host a 2024 Arab energy conference

Dec. 09, 2021 09:26 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria will host an Arab energy conference in 2024, the country's energy ministry said Thursday, the latest sign that Arab countries are moving to re-engage with the government of Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad. The announcement followed a unanimous...

Israeli foreign minister in Cairo to strengthen ties

Dec. 09, 2021 08:59 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Israel's foreign minister arrived in Cairo on Thursday on a diplomatic visit aimed at strengthening ties and shoring up a tenuous cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met with Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi,...

Africa CDC: Nations might turn to COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Dec. 09, 2021 06:43 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African governments might have to resort to COVID-19 vaccine mandates if their citizens don’t hurry to get the increasingly available doses, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The warning by John Nkengasong...

AP Photos: Trapped by snow in a Moroccan mountain village

Dec. 09, 2021 03:44 AM EST

TIMAHDITE, Morocco (AP) — For the people of the remote Moroccan village of Timahdite, nestled in North Africa's highest mountain range, heavy snowfall brings weeks, or months, of isolation. Nomadic Amazigh tribes living there rely on sheep that graze the lush forests around the...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

Dec. 09, 2021 01:06 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades defined by war and political upheaval. The American withdrawals from Afghanistan and...

UN says large quantities of food looted in northern Ethiopia

Dec. 08, 2021 16:51 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Large quantities of U.N. food earmarked for malnourished people in northern Ethiopia have been looted from warehouses, reportedly by elements of Tigrayan forces and the local population, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said...

7 UN peacekeepers killed, 3 critically hurt in central Mali

Dec. 08, 2021 16:50 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Seven U.N. peacekeepers were killed and three critically injured when their vehicle was blasted by an improvised explosive device in central Mali on Wednesday, bringing the death toll of U.N. soldiers in the troubled west African nation to 19 so far this year. ...

France tries to end crisis with Algeria, resume cooperation

Dec. 08, 2021 15:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — France's top diplomat sought to smooth over a months-long crisis with Algeria that stirred up colonial-era tensions, paying a visit Wednesday to Algiers, where the countries agreed to resume cooperation toward peace in Libya and on other international issues. ...

Group: Death toll in latest Darfur tribal clashes now at 88

Dec. 08, 2021 15:11 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese medical group said Wednesday that the death toll from weekend tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's western Darfur region climbed to at least 88 people. The fighting grew out of a financial dispute late Saturday between two individuals...

Nigerian leader ‘distressed’ after 23 travelers slain on bus

Dec. 08, 2021 14:46 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At least 23 travelers have been killed in northwest Nigeria in an attack by the same armed groups blamed for killing thousands this year in Africa’s most populous country. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said he is “very distressed” over the attack...