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Libya confirms it rescued 290 migrants in Mediterranean

May. 24, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's navy confirmed on Friday that it rescued three boats carrying a total of 290 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast, following reports by a German aid group about the disaster. Libyan coast guards first reported finding a sinking rubber boat whose bottom had...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

May. 23, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000...

Kenya court to rule if gay relations are criminal acts

May. 23, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — On the eve of what could be a landmark ruling in Kenya on whether same-sex relations are crimes, gay rights activist and gospel singer Joji Baro says he is has no intention of returning home to the East African country. No matter that fellow activists are optimistic that Kenya's High...

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

May. 23, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of...

German aid group releases video of migrant raft in distress

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch has released video from its aircraft showing a sinking raft packed with dozens migrants off Libya with some people scattered in the sea. Sea-Watch said Thursday that its aircraft immediately tried to contact an Italian naval ship about 30 miles (48 kilometers)...

Central African Republic massacres leave more than 50 dead

May. 23, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 50 people were reportedly killed in an attack by a militia on several villages in the Central African Republic's volatile northwest near the border with Chad, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MINUSMA,...

Sudanese protesters plan mass rally as talks stall with army

May. 23, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's protest leaders are calling for mass rallies across the country amid deadlocked negotiations with the ruling military over its handover of power. The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded four months of protests that drove Omar al-Bashir from power in...

UN demands Britain end rule of Chagos Islands in 6 months

May. 22, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to demand that Britain end its "colonial administration" of the Chagos Islands, which include the U.S. air base on Diego Garcia, and return them to Mauritius within six months. The 193-member world body approved a resolution...

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

May. 22, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday. Remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda were identified and verified near...

South Africa's Ramaphosa starts crackdown on corruption

May. 22, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term. South Africa's lawmakers were sworn into the legislative body in Cape Town following elections earlier...

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Boat with 58 migrants reaches Italian island of Lampedusa

May. 24, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A boat carrying 58 migrants has reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, as flows continue despite the Italian government's strong efforts to discourage immigration. The Italian ANSA news agency said the 57 men and one woman who arrived early Friday were from Morocco, Algeria, Syria,...

Israel braces for more wildfires as temperatures spike

May. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel braced for renewed wildfires Friday amid a major heat wave that shows no signs of abating. At an emergency briefing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had appealed for international help to combat the fires, and that aid has arrived from Greece, Croatia, Italy, Egypt and...

Libya confirms it rescued 290 migrants in Mediterranean

May. 24, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's navy confirmed on Friday that it rescued three boats carrying a total of 290 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast, following reports by a German aid group about the disaster. Libyan coast guards first reported finding a sinking rubber boat whose bottom had...

FAA chief upbeat about prospects for Boeing 737 Max's return

May. 23, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — After an all-day meeting with global aviation regulators, the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration sounded more upbeat than ever about prospects for clearing the troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again. Aviation officials from more 30 countries met with the FAA to hear the...

Correction: Torture Lawsuit-Somalia story

May. 23, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — In a story May 13 about a civil lawsuit alleging a former Somali colonel now living in Virginia engaged in torture, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the plaintiff's lawyer, Ben Klein, works for the Center for Justice and Accountability. He works for DLA Piper, which...

German aid group releases video of migrant raft in distress

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch has released video from its aircraft showing a sinking raft packed with dozens migrants off Libya with some people scattered in the sea. Sea-Watch said Thursday that its aircraft immediately tried to contact an Italian naval ship about 30 miles (48 kilometers)...

Central African Republic massacres leave more than 50 dead

May. 23, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — More than 50 people were reportedly killed in an attack by a militia on several villages in the Central African Republic's volatile northwest near the border with Chad, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MINUSMA,...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

May. 23, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000...

Malawi's president in the lead for re-election

May. 23, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has taken a lead in the election with more than 75 percent of votes counted from the Tuesday poll. Mutharika has 1.4 million votes while opposition Malawi Congress Party leader Lazarus Chakwera is second with 1.2 million votes and Vice President...

Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

May. 23, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been detained since 2016 on allegations of spreading false news and defaming Egypt's reputation. Mahmoud Hussein, an Egyptian journalist working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the...