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Tanzania opposition leader returns, 3 years after being shot

Jul. 27, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian opposition politician and presidential hopeful Tundu Lissu returned to the country on Monday, three years after being shot 16 times. The gunmen have never been found. Immediately upon his arrival at the international airport in Dar es Salaam, the former lawmaker...

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...

Tanzanian opposition politician Zitto Kabwe, right, speaks at the national assembly in Dodoma, Tanzania Friday, May 5, 2017. With Tanzania facing an October 2020 election that contentious President John Magufuli hopes to win, Zitto Kabwe tells The Associated Press he's trying to unite the opposition behind one candidate for the best shot at an upset. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian opposition leader urges united front ahead of vote

Jul. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One opposition leader was shot 16 times and fled the country. Another had his leg broken by unknown assailants and his newspaper was shut down. A third, the country's most prominent, has been banned for a year from making so-called “seditious statements," or what others might...

Today in History

Jul. 14, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 14, the 196th day of 2020. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 2016, terror struck Bastille Day celebrations in the French Riviera city of Nice (nees) as a large truck plowed into a festive crowd, killing 86 people in an...

President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania Saturday, July 11, 2020. Tanzania's ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. (AP Photo)

Tanzania's ruling party nominates president to run again

Jul. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. The unanimous decision by the Chama cha Mapinduzi party...

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye is inaugurated in Gitega, Burundi Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundian refugees in Tanzania face new pressure to go home

Jul. 7, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundian refugees in Tanzania say they fear being forced to return to their country now that a new president has taken power and invited them home. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled during the bloody political turmoil that followed former President Pierre Nkurunziza’s...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo, U.S. citizens queue to check in and be repatriated aboard an evacuation flight arranged by the U.S. embassy and chartered with Delta Air Lines, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. African nations face a difficult choice as infections are rapidly rising: Welcome the international flights that originally brought COVID-19 to the ill-prepared continent, or further hurt their economies. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

Jul. 6, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A...

Pastor Steve Klemz of Zion Lutheran Church poses for a portrait in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Pastor Klemz is retiring after 28 years. He has worked tirelessly on social justice issues, including capital punishment, civil rights and immigration reform, as well as helped create the Interfaith Roundtable to bring together religious leaders from many faiths at the time of the 2002 Winter Olympics. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Retiring Utah pastor brings caring, courage to causes

Jul. 5, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It was not until Aug. 7, 1970, when his brother, Ken, was buried alive while sand-surfing down a Michigan dune, that Steve Klemz began to lean toward the ministry. Sure, young Steve was reared in a devout Lutheran home. He took religious education classes every Saturday for four...

In this image made from video taken Wednesday, June 24, 2020, miner Saniniu Laizer, right, hands over two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found to government officials, at a ceremony in Mererani, Tanzania Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The small-scale miner has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found, weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) and 11 pounds (5 kg), which the government bought for preservation for $3.4 million. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian miner is overnight millionaire with large gem find

Jun. 25, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found. Tanzania's government bought the book-sized stones weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) and 11 pounds (5 kg) from miner Saniniu Laizer for $3.4 million....

Tanzanian opposition leader arrested as election approaches

Jun. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Police in Tanzania have arrested the leader of a prominent opposition party while he was meeting with supporters, a party official said Tuesday as pressure rises ahead of the national election in October. Zitto Kabwe was in police custody without clear charges against him, said the...