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Boat with 58 migrants reaches Italian island of Lampedusa

May. 24, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A boat carrying 58 migrants has reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, as flows continue despite the Italian government's strong efforts to discourage immigration. The Italian ANSA news agency said the 57 men and one woman who arrived early Friday were from Morocco, Algeria, Syria,...

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

May. 23, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of...

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

May. 22, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday. Remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda were identified and verified near...

UN: ex-German president resigned UN job for health reasons

May. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former German President Horst Kohler has resigned from his role as the secretary-general's personal envoy for the disputed Western Sahara, citing health reasons, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to Kohler...

French-Spanish nun killed in Central African Republic

May. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said Wednesday. Sister Ines Nieves Sancho's body was found early Monday in the village of Nola, located in the remote...

California man accused of illegal overseas weapons dealing

May. 20, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a California man has been arrested on suspicion of illegally dealing military-grade weapons to the Nigerian government. The U.S. attorney's office says Monday that Ara Dolarian ran a Fresno-based arms brokering company but wasn't licensed to make international deals....

7 dead in southern Mali after attack near Burkina Faso

May. 20, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in Mali say at least seven people are dead after an attack in Koury, near the West African country's troubled border with Burkina Faso. Amadou Sangho, spokesman for the Interior Security Ministry, said the dead include four civilians, two gendarmes and a customs official....

2 Malta soldiers charged with race crimes in migrant death

May. 19, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Maltese soldiers have pleaded not guilty to charges they participated in a racially-motivated, fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast. The two men, Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech, were also charged Sunday with the April 6 attempted murder of two other men from...

2 Maltese soldiers arrested in drive-by slaying of migrant

May. 18, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister has announced that two armed forces members have been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Saturday on Twitter that an internal investigation would determine whether the men acted...

Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

May. 17, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. think tank that analyzes misinformation online said Friday that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections. A new report from the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab...