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US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

Oct. 16, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday's airstrike occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province...

Ethiopia's new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

Oct. 16, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country's first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. "Our women ministers will disprove the old adage...

IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker in Nigeria

Oct. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, the global aid organization confirmed on Tuesday. "It's utterly devastating that we have to write that...

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Oct. 16, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding...

7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

Oct. 16, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

SIDI BOUKNADEL, Morocco (AP) — At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said. The train derailed about halfway between Rabat and the town of...

Idaho wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family

Oct. 16, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip Africa, ending days of turmoil for a state where big game hunting is popular but critics said the photo was seen as unsportsmanlike by hunting...

UN concerned about Angola's expulsion of 200,000 Congolese

Oct. 16, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is expressing concern over Angolan authorities' expulsion of some 200,000 Congolese in the past two weeks, saying it could create a humanitarian crisis. The U.N. agency says the order to leave targeted Congolese migrants working in the informal mining sector. It...

'Dark days' over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body

Oct. 16, 2018 1:31 AM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia has launched a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission to lay bare abuses committed under the 22-year rule of former leader Yahya Jammeh, with President Adama Barrow declaring the country's "dark days" are over. The long-awaited commission is meant to help heal the...

WHO convenes emergency meeting on Congo's Ebola outbreak

Oct. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is convening a meeting on Wednesday to determine whether Congo's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Aid organizations have expressed alarm as the rate of new cases has more than doubled this month...

Kanye West meets Uganda's president, gifts pair of sneakers

Oct. 16, 2018 3:54 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kanye West handed Uganda's president a pair of his autographed sneakers during a visit to the East African nation in which the rapper is said to be recording music in a tent. The 74-year-old President Yoweri Museveni said he and West held "fruitful discussions" on Monday about...

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7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

Oct. 16, 2018 5:14 PM EDT

SIDI BOUKNADEL, Morocco (AP) — At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said. The train derailed about halfway between Rabat and the town of...

Egyptian president urges Russia to resume flights to resorts

Oct. 16, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Egypt's president urged Russia on Tuesday to resume direct flights to Egyptian resorts as he discussed ways to bolster ties with Russian officials and lawmakers. Moscow suspended the flights after a bomb planted by the Islamic State group brought a Russian passenger plane down over Sinai in...

Idaho wildlife official resigns after killing baboon family

Oct. 16, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip Africa, ending days of turmoil for a state where big game hunting is popular but critics said the photo was seen as unsportsmanlike by hunting...

IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker in Nigeria

Oct. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, the global aid organization confirmed on Tuesday. "It's utterly devastating that we have to write that...

The Latest: Idaho governor fears impact of dead baboon photo

Oct. 16, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on a graphic photo of an Idaho wildlife official posing with a baboon family he killed in Africa (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Idaho's governor says he's worried that the state's reputation as a hunting and fishing paradise could suffer because of a photo showing a former...

Tropical storm lashes eastern Yemen, injures dozens

Oct. 16, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

SANNA, Yemen (AP) — A tropical storm has battered eastern Yemen, with three days of heavy rainfall and flooding injuring dozens of people, destroying property and killing livestock, Yemeni officials and the United Nations said Tuesday. They said that around 70 percent of the al-Mahra province has been...

Egypt: Military has killed 450 militants since February

Oct. 16, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military says its forces have killed more than 450 suspected militants since the beginning of a nationwide operation against militants earlier this year. Col. Tamer el-Rifai, a military spokesman, says in comments aired Tuesday that forces dismantled more than 1,200 explosive devices...

US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters

Oct. 16, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday's airstrike occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province...

US military says airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters, deadliest in nearly a year

Oct. 16, 2018 10:54 AM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — US military says airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters, deadliest in nearly a year.

UN concerned about Angola's expulsion of 200,000 Congolese

Oct. 16, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is expressing concern over Angolan authorities' expulsion of some 200,000 Congolese in the past two weeks, saying it could create a humanitarian crisis. The U.N. agency says the order to leave targeted Congolese migrants working in the informal mining sector. It...