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Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star

Aug. 20, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni. There were no deaths in the riots in a downtown market in the capital, Kampala, as the security forces...

Ethiopia human rights abuses could cost man US citizenship

Aug. 20, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man's U.S. citizenship is in jeopardy, with authorities saying he failed to disclose his role in suspected human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The Washington Post reports 58-year-old Mergia Negussie Habteyes was arrested Friday on charges he obtained U.S. citizenship by lying...

South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

Aug. 20, 2018 7:48 AM EDT

NYAL, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government claims the shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn't helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month,...

Mali constitutional court upholds election results

Aug. 20, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term. The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent. There was a 34...

South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule

Aug. 20, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg. The commission will investigate whether Zuma, his allies, and a wealthy business family,...

South African man denied appeal on ax murder convictions

Aug. 20, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man found guilty of murdering three of his immediate family members was denied the opportunity to appeal his conviction and life sentences on Monday. The Western Cape High Court dismissed the application of Henri van Breda, 23, to appeal his three life sentences for...

Uganda arrests American man who attacked hotel staff

Aug. 19, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police are holding an American man who in video footage is seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults. Jimmy L. Taylor was arrested on Thursday after CCTV footage of the incident was posted on social media, angering some Ugandans who demanded his arrest....

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Annan leaves legacy of fighting for equality and rights

Aug. 19, 2018 6:42 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of...

Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

Aug. 18, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Streets were hushed as the West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post. President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered flags to fly at half-staff for a week while trying to...

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Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star

Aug. 20, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni. There were no deaths in the riots in a downtown market in the capital, Kampala, as the security forces...

Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties

Aug. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the...

Mali constitutional court upholds election results

Aug. 20, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term. The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent. There was a 34...

Ethiopia human rights abuses could cost man US citizenship

Aug. 20, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man's U.S. citizenship is in jeopardy, with authorities saying he failed to disclose his role in suspected human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The Washington Post reports 58-year-old Mergia Negussie Habteyes was arrested Friday on charges he obtained U.S. citizenship by lying...

South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

Aug. 20, 2018 7:48 AM EDT

NYAL, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government claims the shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn't helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month,...

South Africa opens inquiry into corruption during Zuma rule

Aug. 20, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African commission charged with probing allegations of widespread corruption under the government of former President Jacob Zuma started its first public hearings on Monday in Johannesburg. The commission will investigate whether Zuma, his allies, and a wealthy business family,...

South African man denied appeal on ax murder convictions

Aug. 20, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man found guilty of murdering three of his immediate family members was denied the opportunity to appeal his conviction and life sentences on Monday. The Western Cape High Court dismissed the application of Henri van Breda, 23, to appeal his three life sentences for...

Egypt officials: Car bomb kills officer, wounds 4 in Sinai

Aug. 20, 2018 4:33 AM EDT

El-Arish, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a car bomb has targeted members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a military officer. The say the blast, which took place on Sunday on a road just south of the coastal city of el-Arish city, also wounded four...

2 monks referred to trial over abbot's killing in Egypt

Aug. 19, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state-run news agency says prosecutors have referred two monks to trial on charges of killing an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month. The MENA news agency reported Sunday that prosecutors are charging a recently defrocked monk, identified as Isaiah, and another hospitalized...