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Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Correction: California Wildfires story

Nov. 30, 2019 11:16 AM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a California wildfire in the mountains north of Santa Barbara, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year Rudy Gruber evacuated his home. It was 2008, not 1978. A corrected version of the story is below: Most people who fled California wildfire allowed...

Freed Houthi prisoners return to Yemen

Nov. 28, 2019 12:18 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Over 100 Houthi rebel prisoners released by the Saudi-led coalition returned to Yemen on Thursday, a move toward a long-anticipated prisoner swap between the warring parties. Welcoming 128 freed Yemenis at the airport in the capital, Sanaa, Houthi leader Muhammad al-Bukhaiti hailed their...

In Lebanon, financial collapse and security concerns loom

Nov. 27, 2019 1:57 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Lebanese women marched across a former front line in the Lebanese capital Wednesday carrying white roses and Lebanese flags to denounce overnight clashes between rival groups that injured dozens of people. They pledged no return to civil war. But amid a political impasse after 40...

Red Cross reports new outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen

Nov. 25, 2019 8:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross reported a new outbreak of dengue fever in war-torn Yemen on Monday, with thousands of cases reported and several dozen deaths. Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s U.N. observer, told journalists that while there has been a de-escalation of...

Nicaragua hunger strikers evacuated from church, end protest

Nov. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A dozen people protesting inside a church and the parish priest were evacuated from the building Friday by the Nicaraguan Red Cross after nine days surrounded by police, relatives said. The demonstrators had been on a hunger strike to demand the release of loved ones they say are...

Boy whose mother joined IS in Syria returns to dad in Italy

Nov. 8, 2019 7:41 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An 11-year-old Albanian boy whose mother took him to Syria five years ago when she joined the Islamic State group returned on Friday to Italy for a joyous reunion with his father and sisters. The boy, Alvin, wearing a red cap, smiled shyly as he was escorted by two policewomen at Rome's...

Albanian boy freed from IS camp on way home to Italy

Nov. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home to Italy with his father, Red Cross and Red Crescent officials said Thursday. The story of 11-year-old...

The Latest: Crews make progress against California blaze

Oct. 28, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Firefighters aided by brief calm weather before another windstorm arrives are battling to make progress against a fire in California's wine country that's destroyed dozens of homes. Fire officials announced Monday...

Researchers: Cyberespionage campaign targets UN agencies

Oct. 24, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

A coordinated cyberespionage campaign using phishing to harvest passwords from mobile phones and computers has targeted U.N. relief agencies, the International Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations groups for the past 10 months, a cybersecurity firm reported. The San Francisco-based security company...