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Seen on national broadcaster ORTM TV, Col. Assimi Goita, one of the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, sits with others during a televised broadcast on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Bamako, Mali. The head of Mali's military junta Col. Assimi Goita said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a month after a coup d'etat, with Maj. Col. Bah N'Daw named as president of the transitional government. (ORTM TV via AP)

Mali's junta leader to be veep of transitional government

Sep. 21, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy, more than a month after he led a coup to overthrow the president. The move announced by Col. Assimi Goita himself...

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, elephants drink from the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in the northern part of the country earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

Sep. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday. The elephants in the Seronga area died from a neurological disorder that appears...

A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

Algeria leader says early parliament vote before year's end

Sep. 21, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president says early legislative elections aimed at opening parliament to civil society will be held before the end of the year to give a new face to a parliament long dominated by a single party. Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not set a date but indicated Sunday evening that...

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, second right, speaks with Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, during a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. European Union foreign ministers on Monday were weighing whether to impose sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, after holding talks with the country's exiled opposition leader. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU sanctions Turkish firm over Libya arms embargo violations

Sep. 21, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. At...

Metal barricades line the the shuttered main entrance to the United Nations headquarters, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York.  With the COVID-19 pandemic still circling the globe, world leaders are skipping their annual gathering in New York and will make pre-recorded speeches this week on the state of a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually

Sep. 19, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight. As...

FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Jawar Mohammed speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general's office announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

Sep. 19, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in...

Former president Henri Konan Bedie, 86, gestures to supporters at a party rally to celebrate his presidential candidacy for the opposition PDCI-RDA party and as a show of strength ahead of next months presidential election, in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Bedie, who led the country from 1993-1999, and Pascal Affi N'Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party, are the two opposition leaders who pose the strongest threat to incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Ivory Coast opposition urges civil disobedience before vote

Sep. 20, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition candidate Henri Konan Bedie called Sunday for civil disobedience to take place nationwide to protest President Alassane Ouattara's quest for a third term, which his critics consider unconstitutional. The public declaration by Bedie ahead of the Oct. 31 vote raises the...

Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy

Sep. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court's decision to send five young artists to prison has stirred controversy both in Sudan and abroad, with activists and rights groups calling for judicial reforms following last year's pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The artists —...

Cargo plane crashes at airport in Somalia's capital, 3 hurt

Sep. 19, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A cargo plane crashed Saturday morning at the international airport in Somalia's capital, and the country's transport minister said three of the four crew members on board were injured. Photos from the scene showed the plane's cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier just steps...

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A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

Seen on national broadcaster ORTM TV, Col. Assimi Goita, one of the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, sits with others during a televised broadcast on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Bamako, Mali. The head of Mali's military junta Col. Assimi Goita said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a month after a coup d'etat, with Maj. Col. Bah N'Daw named as president of the transitional government. (ORTM TV via AP)

Mali's junta leader to be veep of transitional government

Sep. 21, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy, more than a month after he led a coup to overthrow the president. The move announced by Col. Assimi Goita himself...

Papa Massata Diack, son of Lamine Diack the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now known as World Athletics, speaks to the media in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Papa Massata Diack, who was himself convicted by a French court in absentia and sentenced to five years in prison, said Thursday that his father's conviction for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF and four-year prison sentence handed down in France was a

Olympic bid scandal linked to former IOC member's son

Sep. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A consulting company working for the Tokyo Olympic bid committee paid about $370,000 to the son of then-influential IOC member Lamine Diack before — and after — the Japanese capital was picked in 2013 to host the 2020 Games, news agency Kyodo reported on Monday. The payment is...

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, elephants drink from the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in the northern part of the country earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

Sep. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday. The elephants in the Seronga area died from a neurological disorder that appears...

Mali's transition committee names former defense minister Bah N'Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections.

Sep. 21, 2020 11:41 AM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's transition committee names former defense minister Bah N'Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections.

Algeria leader says early parliament vote before year's end

Sep. 21, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president says early legislative elections aimed at opening parliament to civil society will be held before the end of the year to give a new face to a parliament long dominated by a single party. Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not set a date but indicated Sunday evening that...

This Sept. 2020 photo provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities shows one of more than two dozen ancient coffins unearthed near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via AP)

Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt's Saqqara pyramid

Sep. 21, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, said Neveine...

Former president Henri Konan Bedie, 86, gestures to supporters at a party rally to celebrate his presidential candidacy for the opposition PDCI-RDA party and as a show of strength ahead of next months presidential election, in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Bedie, who led the country from 1993-1999, and Pascal Affi N'Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party, are the two opposition leaders who pose the strongest threat to incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Ivory Coast opposition urges civil disobedience before vote

Sep. 20, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition candidate Henri Konan Bedie called Sunday for civil disobedience to take place nationwide to protest President Alassane Ouattara's quest for a third term, which his critics consider unconstitutional. The public declaration by Bedie ahead of the Oct. 31 vote raises the...

Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy

Sep. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court's decision to send five young artists to prison has stirred controversy both in Sudan and abroad, with activists and rights groups calling for judicial reforms following last year's pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The artists —...

Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) is congratulated by Stephen Piscotty after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Lamb homers, A's move closer to AL West title, beat Giants

Sep. 19, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics were more than fine waiting to celebrate a potential AL West title. They haven't won a division crown since 2013, so no rush from this happy-go-lucky group of sluggers. Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer once Oakland finally got to San Francisco's bullpen, and the...