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A look at major soccer-related crowd disasters

Oct. 02, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

Police fired tear gas after violence broke out at a soccer match in East Java province in Indonesia as Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for the exit left at least 125 dead, most of whom were trampled, police said Sunday. Here is a look at some of the worst soccer-related...

King Charles III decides not to attend climate summit

Oct. 02, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III has decided not to attend the international climate change summit in Egypt next month, fueling speculation that the new monarch will have to rein in his environmental activism now that he has ascended the throne. The Sunday Times newspaper reported...

Spain: 4 bodies retrieved from migrant boat, 1 man rescued

Oct. 02, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain´s marine rescue service said Sunday it picked up the bodies of four people from a rubber dinghy that was adrift in waters off northwest Africa and is believed to have been carrying more than 30 people. A merchant ship rescued one person after it spotted the...

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...

Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch

Oct. 01, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African soccer confederation has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years. The decision...

Biden uses $130M in frozen Egypt aid to help Pacific Islands

Sep. 30, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will pay for $130 million in new climate initiatives for Pacific Island nations by reallocating money that had originally been earmarked for military assistance for Egypt but withheld because of concerns over human rights abuses. The State...

Morocco fumes over Adidas design of Algerian soccer jersey

Sep. 30, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Moroccan government called on sports apparel company Adidas to pull off the market its new jersey collection for Algeria’s national soccer team, alleging that the featured mosaic pattern amounted to “cultural appropriation” of Moroccan heritage. ...

UN renews ship inspections off Libya for smuggled migrants

Sep. 29, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to authorize for another year the inspection of vessels off the coast of Libya suspected of smuggling migrants or engaging in human trafficking from the North African nation. The resolution reaffirms the...

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...

Reluctant Algeria invites rival Morocco to Arab League meet

Sep. 27, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Under apparent pressure from other Arab powers, Algeria on Tuesday invited its neighbor and rival Morocco to an Arab League summit it's hosting in Algiers in November. Algeria severed diplomatic ties with Morocco last year, citing hostile actions from its...