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UN: Libyan coast guard intercepts 83 Europe-bound migrants

Jul. 12, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s coast guard intercepted 83 migrants on a boat heading for Europe and brought them to a detention center in western Libya, the U.N. migration agency said Sunday. Safa Mselhi, a spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, said the migrants were mostly from Sudan...

President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania Saturday, July 11, 2020. Tanzania's ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. (AP Photo)

Tanzania's ruling party nominates president to run again

Jul. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. The unanimous decision by the Chama cha Mapinduzi party...

Covid-19 patients are being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday July 10, 2020. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week said South Africa could run out of available hospital beds within the month.

Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings

Jul. 11, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns about unequal treatment in the pandemic, as the wealthy...

Ethiopia says 2 arrested in killing that sparked mass unrest

Jul. 10, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s attorney general says two people have been arrested and a third is on the run after the shooting death of a popular singer that set off days of deadly unrest. Attorney General Adanech Abebe in comments to state media Friday said the two had confessed, saying...

Conservation study shows lemurs, whales nearing extinction

Jul. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly all of Madagascar's much-loved lemurs are under threat, and almost one-third are just one step away from extinction, largely due to deforestation and hunting on the giant island off eastern Africa, conservationists said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature,...

US starts talks on free trade agreement with Kenya

Jul. 8, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Kenya began talks on a free trade agreement Wednesday that would mark the first U.S. trade deal with a sub-Saharan nation. “We look forward to concluding a comprehensive, high-standard agreement to benefit both American and Kenyan economies and that will...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, protesters outraged by the killing of popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa walk along Lexington Avenue after exiting off westbound Interstate 94, in St. Paul, Minn. Ethiopian officials said Wednesday, July 8, 2020 that at least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Ethiopia's week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Jul. 8, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. In the Oromia region, the toll includes 215 civilians along with nine police officers and five...

A Kenyan policeman running to arrest a protester slips and falls over just as he reaches him, before proceeding to arrest him, during a demonstration in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Kenyan police have fired tear gas and detained scores of protesters who were demanding an end to police brutality. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Tear gas, arrests as Kenyans protest police brutality

Jul. 7, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police on Tuesday fired tear gas and detained protesters demanding an end to police brutality. About 100 people took part in demonstrations across the capital, Nairobi. Many Kenyans have been angered by a fresh wave of alleged police abuses while enforcing coronavirus...

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye is inaugurated in Gitega, Burundi Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundian refugees in Tanzania face new pressure to go home

Jul. 7, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundian refugees in Tanzania say they fear being forced to return to their country now that a new president has taken power and invited them home. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled during the bloody political turmoil that followed former President Pierre Nkurunziza’s...

A member of the public is tested for the coronavirus in Bujumbura, Burundi Monday, July 6, 2020. Burundi launched a campaign of mass screening for COVID-19 on Monday in the country's largest city Bujumbura, indicating that the new president Evariste Ndayishimiye is implementing policies to combat the spread of the disease. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundi starts taking COVID-19 seriously, begins screening

Jul. 6, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — Burundi launched a campaign of mass screening for COVID-19 on Monday, indicating that the new president is changing policies to more assertively combat the spread of the disease. Named “I won’t get infected and propagate COVID-19,” in the Kirundi language, the new...