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5 intel officers killed in shootout with militants in Sudan

Sep. 28, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Five intelligence officers were killed in a shootout Tuesday with suspected Islamic State group militants in Sudan's capital Khartoum, authorities said. The General Intelligence Agency said in a statement the suspected militants opened fire on forces who...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...

Lava from Spanish island volcano rolls slowly toward the sea

Sep. 28, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Lava flowing from a volcano in Spain's Canary Islands picked up its pace on its way to the sea Tuesday, but scientists said it was impossible to estimate when the black-and-red stream of molten rock would reach the shore. ...

Young activists bemoan climate inaction, demand more say

Sep. 28, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg chastized global leaders Tuesday for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much “blah blah blah’’ as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. ...

Reparations draw UN scrutiny, but those who'd pay say little

Sep. 28, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests launched a worldwide reckoning about the centuries of racism that Black people continue to face, the question of reparations emerged — unevenly — as a high-profile issue at this year’s largest gathering of world leaders. ...

Steven Van Zandt explores his fascinating and unlikely life

Sep. 28, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About halfway through Steven Van Zandt's new memoir comes the point of no return. That moment was in 1983, during the recording of Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough album “Born in the USA.” Van Zandt, the bandanna-wearing guitarist for...

Welcome to your new home: Style-savvy housewarming gifts

Sep. 28, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

Bread and salt. Wine. A broom or sack of flour. Honey, pineapples, even bluebirds – a symbol of happiness – have been bestowed on people moving into new homes over the centuries. Fall is a busy time for relocating, and many people have recently done so because of...

686 migrants dock in Lampedusa in biggest arrival in years

Sep. 28, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — A rusty, overloaded fishing boat carrying 686 people docked on the island of Lampedusa in the single biggest arrival of migrants in Italy in years, amid new diplomatic efforts by Mediterranean governments to seek more European help in handling migrant flows. ...

Guinea's junta releases transition charter toward elections

Sep. 28, 2021 05:09 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s military junta has released a transitional charter that outlines the missions and duties of the transitional government and bars any members of the junta from running in elections that will eventually return the West African nation to civilian rule. ...

Biden to name African-born doctor to lead HIV/AIDS response

Sep. 27, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he intends to nominate Dr. John N. Nkengasong to coordinate the U.S. response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. Nkengasong, a U.S. citizen born in Cameroon, would be the first person of African descent to hold...