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Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Jun. 21, 2018 5:43 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year's highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a...

Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

Jun. 20, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's president announced Wednesday he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival. This is the first such delegation since 1998,...

South Sudan's warring leaders meet for 1st time since 2016

Jun. 20, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South Sudan's warring leaders met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, shaking hands but making no public comments. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar continued meeting into the...

Live animals, meat, ivory, wood seized in trafficking stings

Jun. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...

Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

Jun. 21, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis. Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn't yet made known if he'll run next year, by which time he'll be 82. Ahmed Ouyahia said Thursday at...

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

Jun. 21, 2018 7:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The BBC says former aid workers are accusing staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and swapping medicine for sex while working in Africa. One woman who spoke anonymously to the BBC said there was "blatant and widespread" use of sex workers, while another said a...

Libyan coast guard rescues 380 Europe-bound African migrants

Jun. 21, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued two groups of more than 380 African migrants, including seven women and 48 children, in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, a spokesman said Thursday. One group of some 300 people embarked on the perilous trip for Europe on rubber boats but their...

ICC prosecutor says UN fails to promote justice in Sudan

Jun. 20, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court accused the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday of failing to take action against countries that didn't arrest Sudan's president to face charges of genocide in his country's Darfur region. Fatou Bensouda told the council that more than...

East Libya forces say regain control over oil ports

Jun. 21, 2018 6:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's self-styled national army in the east says it has regained control over two key oil port terminals after militias attacked them a week ago. Spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said on Thursday that the LNA, under the command of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, currently controls the Ras Lanuf and...

No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe

Jun. 20, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Lined up before dawn, dozens of migrants outside a government office in Italy jostled to be one of the handful allowed inside to request asylum Wednesday. The journeys that brought them to Rome and the sleepless nights wondering if they would be allowed to stay was being repeated in cities and...

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The Latest: Lineup leak not bothering England at World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 5:05 p.m. England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says manager Gareth Southgate is yet to announce his team for the World Cup game against Panama, despite photographs circulating of a note that appeared to indicate a potential lineup....

EU seeks to screen migrants in Africa, stop boat crossings

Jun. 21, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Unwilling to share responsibility for tens of thousands of people arriving each year in search of better or safer lives, European Union leaders are preparing in coming days to take more steps to keep migrants out. In talks over the next week, EU leaders will affirm their intention to stop...

Libyan coast guard rescues 380 Europe-bound African migrants

Jun. 21, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard has rescued two groups of more than 380 African migrants, including seven women and 48 children, in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli, a spokesman said Thursday. One group of some 300 people embarked on the perilous trip for Europe on rubber boats but their...

Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

Jun. 21, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis. Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn't yet made known if he'll run next year, by which time he'll be 82. Ahmed Ouyahia said Thursday at...

The Latest: EU scrutinizing Hungary's new anti-migrant laws

Jun. 21, 2018 8:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The European Commission says it's scrutinizing new laws passed in Hungary that ban homelessness and allow jail sentences for people convicted of aiding asylum-seekers. Spokesman Christian Wigand said Thursday that...

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

Jun. 21, 2018 7:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The BBC says former aid workers are accusing staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and swapping medicine for sex while working in Africa. One woman who spoke anonymously to the BBC said there was "blatant and widespread" use of sex workers, while another said a...

Trump's Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles

Jun. 21, 2018 7:39 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On their current Mideast tour, senior Trump administration officials are getting a close-up view of some of the towering obstacles to their yet-to-be-released blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Blockaded Gaza — a likely focal point of any future U.S.-endorsed...

Trump's Mideast team arrives in Egypt

Jun. 21, 2018 7:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian airport officials say President Donald Trump's Mideast team has arrived in Cairo on the latest stop in a regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. The officials say Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Mideast envoy Jason...

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Jun. 21, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement. From inside a Yemeni prison controlled by the United Arab Emirates — a top U.S. ally...

Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them

Jun. 21, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of...