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A man pushing a shopping cart with food on the street as South African National Defence Forces drive through a densely populated Alexandra township east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, March 28, 2020. South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

'Complete collapse of economies' ahead as Africa faces virus

Apr. 5, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some of Uganda’s poorest people used to work here, on the streets of Kampala, as fruit sellers sitting on the pavement or as peddlers of everything from handkerchiefs to roasted peanuts. Now they're gone and no one knows when they will return, victims of a global economic...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, center, walks upon his arrival at the airport in Abuja, Nigeria, after returning from more than three months in London for medical treatment. The coronavirus pandemic could narrow one gaping inequality in Africa, where some heads of state and other elite jet off to Europe or Asia for health care unavailable in their nations but as global travel restrictions tighten, they might have to take their chances at home. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP, File)

African elite who once sought treatment abroad are grounded

Apr. 4, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic could narrow one gaping inequality in Africa, where some heads of state and other elite jet off to Europe or Asia for health care unavailable in their nations. As countries including their own impose dramatic travel restrictions, they might have to take their...

4 soldiers, 63 jihadists killed in clash in Niger

Apr. 4, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Four soldiers and 63 jihadists have been killed in fighting between Niger’s army and heavily armed extremists in the nation’s west, the government said Friday. Extremists on motorcycles fought the army Thursday in the Tillaberi region near the border with Mali before...

Homeless people stay at the Caledonian stadium downtown Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday April 2, 2020, after being rounded up by police in an effort to enforce a 21 days lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. Many of them being addicted, they are receiving methadone syrup from a local NGO, and were complaining about the lack of sanitizer and soap. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa faces an 'existential threat' as virus cases spread

Apr. 2, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an “enormous gap” in the number of ventilators and other critical items. While...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service troops exercise under the supervision of British special forces during U.S. military-led annual counterterrorism exercise in Thies, Senegal. Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the global upheaval caused by the new coronavirus as a threat but also as an opportunity to strike harder than before, asserting that the virus is punishment for non-Muslims while also urging followers to repent and take care of themselves. (AP Photo/Cheikh A.T. Sy, File)

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Apr. 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 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: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Apr. 1, 2020 1:33 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: — White House projects between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S....

US appeals court: Attack on gay man enough for asylum claim

Mar. 31, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An asylum seeker from Ghana who said he was attacked by a mob led by his father because of his sexuality has shown a valid fear of persecution, a U.S. appeals case said in a case argued by two law students. The petitioner, a gay man in his late 20s from Accra, said he had a secret...

FILE— This is a Sept. 21, 2010 file photo of Guinea president Alpha Conde at the People's Hall in Conakry, Guinea. The West African nation of Guinea is defying the coronavirus pandemic to hold a controversial referendum on Sunday March 22, 2020, that could allow the president to stay longer in power.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay, FILE)

Guinea voters back change that could extend president's rule

Mar. 28, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea has voted to change its constitution, according to provisional results from a referendum that could see the West African country's president remain in power for two more terms. Nearly 92% of voters on March 22 supported the change, according to the head of Guinea’s...

A man living in his car reacts to police and army patrolling downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, March 27, 2020. Police and army started patrolling moments after South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for three weeks in an effort to mitigate the spread to the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

'Go home!' South Africa has 1st death as lockdown begins

Mar. 27, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa announced its first death from the coronavirus Friday as the country's cases rose well above 1,000 and a three-week lockdown began, with military patrolling and police screaming at the homeless on quiet streets. But some people cooly strolled through townships, alcohol in...