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TB, armed guards, lack of food at UN migrant center in Libya

Dec. 6, 2019 1:40 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...

Close associates of Israeli PM to be indicted in graft case

Dec. 5, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s state prosecutor said Thursday he intends to indict seven men, including close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a sweeping graft case related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. State prosecutor Shai...

As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one of this year’s deadliest disasters among young Africans trying to reach Europe. At least...

Turkish parliament backs contentious deal with Libya

Dec. 5, 2019 12:40 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday endorsed a controversial deal on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean reached between Turkey and Libya's U.N.-supported government. Legislators approved the agreement which would give Turkey access to an economic zone across the...

Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war

Dec. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Officials in Libya’s U.N.-supported government say they plan to confront Moscow over the alleged deployment of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside their opponents in the country’s civil war. Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a...

Algeria: 2 ex-ministers face groundbreaking corruption trial

Dec. 4, 2019 1:30 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former Algerian prime ministers went on trial Wednesday on corruption charges, in the most high-profile act of transparency and accountability since a pro-democracy movement pushed out the long-serving president. The exceptional trial, which is being televised and also involves...

United States, Sudan agree to upgrade diplomatic ties

Dec. 4, 2019 1:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Sudan have agreed to upgrade their diplomatic ties by exchanging ambassadors for the first time in more than two decades, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. The announcement of a return to ambassadorial-level representation after 23 years came as Sudan's...

Egyptian government seeks to do away with popular tuk-tuks

Dec. 4, 2019 1:25 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Motorized rickshaws known as tuk-tuks have ruled the streets of Cairo’s slums for the past two decades, squeezing through dusty alleys, dodging trash bins and fruit stands, blaring rhythmic electro-pop and navigating the city’s chaos to haul millions of Egyptians home every day....

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to meet in US over Nile dam dispute

Dec. 3, 2019 1:37 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says officials from the three Nile basin countries will meet in the U.S. to “assess the results” of their recent negotiations about Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished mega-dam project, which Cairo says threatens its water supply. Tuesday’s statement by...

Sudan says at least 23 killed in factory fire

Dec. 3, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least 23 people have died in a huge explosion that tore through a tile factory in Sudan's capital of Khartoum on Tuesday, the government said. The blaze also injured over 130 people, several critically, the cabinet added, suggesting the death toll from the blaze could rise as burn victims...