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Today in History: August 7, allies land at Guadalcanal

Aug. 07, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2022. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 7, 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied...

EXPLAINER: Why Kenya's presidential election is important

Aug. 06, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans are voting Tuesday to choose a successor to President Uhuru Kenyatta after a decade in power. The race is close and could go to a runoff for the first time. One top candidate is Raila Odinga, an opposition leader in his fifth run for the presidency who...

Authorities in Uganda suspend prominent LGBTQ rights group

Aug. 06, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities have suspended the work of a prominent LGBTQ rights group, calling it an illegal entity. Sexual Minorities Uganda has been the East African nation's most prominent support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people...

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

Aug. 06, 2022 03:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A ship bringing corn to Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But it's getting attention because of where it came from: Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa. The Razoni, loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, is...

The AP Interview: US aid chief counters food crisis, Russia

Aug. 05, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power won fame as a human rights advocate and was picked by President Joe Biden to lead the agency that distributes billions of dollars in U.S. aid abroad, including providing more food assistance than anyone else in the world. But since Russia invaded Ukraine, that job...

Rwanda rejects UN report on support for rebels in Congo

Aug. 05, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s government is rejecting a report by United Nations experts saying they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group whose deadly resurgence has led to talk of war as...

In a first, Somalia-based al-Shabab is attacking in Ethiopia

Aug. 05, 2022 03:52 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The al-Shabab extremist group has exploited Ethiopia’s internal turmoil to cross the border from neighboring Somalia in unprecedented attacks in recent weeks that a top U.S. military commander has warned could continue. The deadly incursions into...

UN experts: Rwandan forces operate with M23 rebels in Congo

Aug. 04, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they have “solid evidence” that members of Rwanda’s armed forces are conducting operations in volatile eastern Congo in support of the M23 rebel group, which is waging a major offensive in the mineral-rich region that has caused deaths and massive...

US: Africa can buy Russian grain but risks actions on oil

Aug. 04, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African nations are free to buy grain from Russia but could face consequences if they trade in U.S.-sanctioned commodities such as Russian oil, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday. “Countries can buy Russian agricultural products,...

Africa CDC says gay sex 'not relevant' in monkeypox there

Aug. 04, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says it doesn’t know how many of the continent's reported monkeypox cases this year are in men who have sex with men, and it warned Thursday against “any stigmatization” that might delay case reporting and affect the outbreak response. ...