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Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Oct. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background. Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said Saturday that it will comply with the U.N. request...

Latest communal violence in central Nigeria kills 55

Oct. 20, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's government says 55 people have been killed in the latest eruption of communal violence in north-central Kaduna state. A spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the fighting that led to Thursday's killings in Kasuwan Magani and that "frequent resort to bloodshed by...

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

Oct. 19, 2018 10:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that...

12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

Oct. 19, 2018 7:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a...

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

Oct. 19, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country's 200-person contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the...

Mothers of big families challenge Macron's fertility stance

Oct. 18, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is facing criticism from mothers with big families both at home and abroad for comments he made about women and fertility in Africa. Hundreds of French and American women took offense at a September speech that Macron made at the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers...

UN: Ebola outbreak is worrying but not a global emergency

Oct. 17, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says it is "deeply concerned" by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. After convening an expert group to assess the epidemic on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said "response activities...

IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker in Nigeria

Oct. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic State-linked extremists in Nigeria have killed another abducted health worker despite an urgent plea from the International Committee of the Red Cross to spare her life, the global aid organization confirmed on Tuesday. "It's utterly devastating that we have to write that...

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Oct. 16, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding...

'Dark days' over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body

Oct. 16, 2018 1:31 AM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia has launched a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission to lay bare abuses committed under the 22-year rule of former leader Yahya Jammeh, with President Adama Barrow declaring the country's "dark days" are over. The long-awaited commission is meant to help heal the...