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A young boy walks past a wall with graffiti urging people to wear face masks in Harare, Thursday, May, 28, 2020. Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Manhunts after hundreds flee quarantine in Zimbabwe, Malawi

May. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. In Malawi, more than 400 people recently...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, main opposition party presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa speaks to the media after casting his vote in the presidential election, in Ciri, Ngozi province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Dorcas Nininahazwe, File)

Burundi opposition candidate goes to court to challenge vote

May. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's top opposition leader went to the constitutional court Thursday to challenge the results of this month’s presidential election, alleging the vote was rigged in favor of the ruling party candidate. “We’ve seen a lot of irregularities,” Agathon...

Red Cross says 208 COVID-related attacks on health workers

May. 28, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said it has recorded 208 COVID-19-related attacks against health workers and installations in 13 countries since March, a striking contrast to the cheers and clapping in gratitude for their work in many nations. Peter...

Shooting at smuggling warehouse in Libya kills 30 migrants

May. 28, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, beer taps of South African Brewery brands are seen through the window of a closed bar in Cape Town, South Africa. A bootlegging culture has sprung up across South Africa in response to the government's nearly 8-week-old ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht, File)

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate

May. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A soccer mom in one of Cape Town's posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. Inside the box are several bottles of red wine. In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously sold the other a...

Rebel groups kill at least 40 in attacks in eastern Congo

May. 27, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Rebels have killed at least 40 people in several attacks in Congo’s eastern Irumu territory, a local civil rights group says. Members of the Allied Democratic Forces and an Islamic State-linked group known as MTM staged the attacks Tuesday in Samboko, Bandavilemba and...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, 19, right, and Najin, 30, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino - population, two - by in-vitro fertilization has been hampered by travel restrictions caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies

May. 25, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

NANYUKI, Kenya (AP) — It’s not quite a case of coitus interruptus, but efforts to create a very special baby are definitely on hold. Blame the pandemic. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino subspecies — population, two — by in-vitro fertilization...

Fadila Lahta prepares a plate of Moroccan sweets in her aunt's home as they spend Eid in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in Sale, Morocco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

May. 26, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

CASABLANCA Morocco (AP) — Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes, gifts and traditional foods, millions of Moroccan Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr at home, subdued and isolated amid their country’s newly extended coronavirus lockdown. The mood was somber for...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

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In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

FILE- In this file photo taken Thursday, April 30, 2020, Women carrying their children lineup to receive vegetables from the Jan Hofmeyer community services in the Vrededorp neighborhood of Johannesburg. South Africa is struggling to balance its fight against the coronavirus with its dire need to resume economic activity. The country with the Africa’s most developed economy also has its highest number of infections — more than 19,000.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file)

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

May. 28, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world,” with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to...

Shooting at smuggling warehouse in Libya kills 30 migrants

May. 28, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, main opposition party presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa speaks to the media after casting his vote in the presidential election, in Ciri, Ngozi province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Dorcas Nininahazwe, File)

Burundi opposition candidate goes to court to challenge vote

May. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's top opposition leader went to the constitutional court Thursday to challenge the results of this month’s presidential election, alleging the vote was rigged in favor of the ruling party candidate. “We’ve seen a lot of irregularities,” Agathon...

FILE - This June 23, 2019 file photo shows DJ Cuppy at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Apple Music announced Thursday that “Africa Now Radio” will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house, kuduro and more. Cuppy, the Nigerian-born DJ, will host the weekly one-hour show, which will be available at 9 a.m. EDT. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Apple Music to launch its 1st radio show in Africa

May. 28, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Music is launching its first radio show in Africa. The streaming platform announced Thursday that “Africa Now Radio with Cuppy” will debut Sunday and will feature a mix of contemporary and traditional popular African sounds, including genres like Afrobeat, rap, house,...

Algeria recalls envoy to France over public TV documentaries

May. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after French public television aired documentaries on the North African country’s anti-government protest movement, one of which contained shots of young people kissing and drinking alcohol. The Algerian foreign...

A young boy walks past a wall with graffiti urging people to wear face masks in Harare, Thursday, May, 28, 2020. Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centres in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Manhunts after hundreds flee quarantine in Zimbabwe, Malawi

May. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Manhunts have begun after hundreds of people, some with the coronavirus, fled quarantine centers in Zimbabwe and Malawi while authorities worry they will spread COVID-19 in countries whose health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed. In Malawi, more than 400 people recently...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...