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Lone survivor of 2009 plane crash testifies in Paris court

May. 23, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a 2009 plane crash in the Indian Ocean took the stand Monday in a Paris courtroom, recounting her ordeal as a 12-year-old girl hearing screams, clinging to floating debris and desperately hoping that her mother was still alive. Bahia Bakari's...

Sri Lanka closes schools, limits work amid fuel shortage

May. 20, 2022 03:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities closed schools and asked public officials not to come to work in a desperate move to prepare for an acute fuel shortage that is expected to last days amid the nation's worst economic crisis in decades. The Public Administration...

China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka's debt crisis

May. 20, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary tale for borrowers, Sri Lanka's multibillion-dollar debt to Beijing threatens to hinder efforts to resolve a...

Paris trial for 2009 plane crash that left 152 dead, 1 alive

May. 09, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The lone survivor of a 2009 passenger plane crash in the Indian Ocean that killed 152 people sat in the front row of a Paris courtroom Monday at the opening of the trial of the Yemeni airline which operated the flight. Bahia Bakari, who has called her survival “a...

Rights group demands probe into Sri Lanka police shooting

Apr. 21, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group urged Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt and impartial probe into a police shooting that left one person dead and 13 others injured during protests over the country's worst economic crisis in decades. New...

Sri Lankan protesters demand justice for 2019 Easter attacks

Apr. 17, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankans protesting for days near the president’s office criticized a lack of progress in finding those responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people in Islamic State-inspired bombings on Easter Sunday three years ago, piling pressure on the government already...

East and Horn of Africa prep for worst drought in decades

Apr. 14, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Agricultural workers in the east and Horn of Africa are preparing for their most severe drought in 40 years, as authorities warn that higher temperatures and less than normal rainfall was recorded by weather agencies in March and April this year. The...

Sri Lankans occupy president's office entrance for 2nd day

Apr. 10, 2022 07:36 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters occupied the entrance to the president’s office for a second day on Sunday, demanding Gotabaya Rajapaksa resign over the debt-ridden country’s worst economic crisis in memory. Hundreds of demonstrators weathered heavy rain with...

Pressure mounts on Sri Lanka leader to quit as crisis grows

Apr. 09, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of Sri Lankans rallied in the country’s main business district and Christian clergy marched in the capital to observe a day of protest on Saturday calling on the debt-ridden nation’s president to resign, as anxiety and anger over shortages simmered. ...

Sri Lanka business leaders demand end to political impasse

Apr. 08, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan business leaders on Friday called for an end to political instability amid public demands for the president to resign over alleged economic mismanagement, warning that failure to do so would lead to economic catastrophe. Leaders from 23 business...