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Lawmakers in breakaway Somaliland extend president’s term

Oct. 01, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The House of Elders in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland has extended the term of office of President Muse Bihi Abdi by two years, a decision expected to cause more unrest by opposition groups. Sulayman Mohamud Adan, the speaker of the chamber,...

Testing trouble adds to disorder in Uganda's Ebola response

Oct. 01, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

MUBENDE, Uganda (AP) — The nurse wanted the toddler with a high fever transferred at once from a private clinic in Uganda to a public hospital even though the child tested positive for malaria amid an Ebola outbreak that has rattled health workers. But the clinic's owner wasn't...

Court dismisses Maasai eviction case against Tanzania

Sep. 30, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The East African Court of Justice on Friday dismissed a case by Maasai herders who tried to stop Tanzania’s government from evicting them from land they have used for generations. The ruling comes amid new tensions between Maasai and authorities over other...

Nobel Prize season arrives amid war, nuclear fears, hunger

Sep. 30, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

This year's Nobel Prize season approaches as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shattered decades of almost uninterrupted peace in Europe and raised the risks of a nuclear disaster. The secretive Nobel committees never hint who will win the prizes in medicine, physics, chemistry,...

Witnesses: Airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray kills civilians

Sep. 30, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An airstrike in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region killed at least five civilians during a major religious holiday earlier this week as the revived war continues, according to humanitarian workers and an internal document seen by The Associated Press. The...

Rwanda genocide suspect's lawyers: Prosecution case is weak

Sep. 30, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for an elderly Rwandan businessman accused of inciting and financing murderous militias that slaughtered men, women and children during the African nation's 1994 genocide told United Nations judges Friday that prosecutors built a weak and...

Climate Migration: Blind and homeless amid Somalia's drought

Sep. 29, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

DOLLOW, Somalia (AP) — Blindness heightens the remaining senses. The thud of a toppling camel is more jarring, the feel of tightening skin more acute, the smell of death thicker after weeks and months and then years without the rain that’s needed to survive. Perhaps, as panic...

Trial of elderly Rwanda genocide suspect opens at UN court

Sep. 29, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A frail 87-year-old Rwandan accused of encouraging and bankrolling the country's 1994 genocide boycotted the opening of his trial at a United Nations tribunal Thursday, nearly three decades after the 100-day massacre left 800,000 dead. Félicien Kabuga...

Ukrainian activist among winners of ‘Alternative Nobel’

Sep. 29, 2022 02:54 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — was awarded Thursday to community activists and organizations working on three continents, including a Ukrainian civil rights activist. Oleksandra Matviichuk and the Center for Civil Liberties...

Indigenous groups, activists resist Congo's oil block plan

Sep. 28, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — The auctioning of oil and gas blocks in Congo has stirred resistance and concern among local Indigenous communities worried about damage to their homes and large swaths of forest, according to a report released Thursday by several environmental groups. In...