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US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering

Dec. 10, 2018 1:34 PM EST

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The U.S. State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States. The decision comes almost two years after Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he refused to concede defeat...

UK airport protesters convicted of aviation offenses

Dec. 10, 2018 8:37 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors say 15 people who attached themselves to a plane at a London-area airport last year have been convicted of aviation security offenses. The demonstrators used bolt cutters to create a hole in the perimeter fence at Stansted Airport on March 28, 2017 and then used expanding...

No secret to building women's soccer in Africa: Play more

Dec. 9, 2018 2:11 PM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — No one deserved to see South Africa finally qualify for the Women's World Cup more than Fran Hilton-Smith. Take nothing away from the players and coaches, but Hilton-Smith has been the driving force behind women's soccer in South Africa, and to an extent Africa, for more than...

The Latest: Swedes can win it, says coach Gerhardsson

Dec. 8, 2018 3:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the draw for the Women's World Cup (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is confident he can deliver a first World Cup title. Recent results leave him feeling confident Sweden can do one better than when it lost the 2003 final to Germany — and even...

Italy's migrants fear new law deprives them of protections

Dec. 8, 2018 9:07 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Thousands of migrants in Italy are anxiously waiting to see if they will lose their housing and benefits following approval of a government-backed law that aims to reduce the number of migrants granted humanitarian protections. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has denied speculation that he is...

UNAIDS found in 'crisis' after sex harassment claims

Dec. 7, 2018 2:11 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment at the U.N. agency that fights AIDS say it is plagued by "defective leadership," a culture of impunity, and a toxic working environment that cannot be changed unless its top official is replaced. In a damning new report...

Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

Dec. 7, 2018 11:46 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now...

UN-led talks on Western Sahara end with plans to meet again

Dec. 6, 2018 1:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara on Thursday wrapped up the first talks in six years over the future of the territory mostly controlled by Morocco, saying the sides have agreed to meet again early next year. Former German president Horst Koehler hailed "a first, but an...

US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get 'much, much worse'

Dec. 6, 2018 8:36 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in Africa said Thursday the separatist crisis in Cameroon could get "much, much" worse, saying "the last thing we need" is growing radicalization in response to the actions of security forces. Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, said the...

The Latest: Plane carrying Bush's remains arrives in Houston

Dec. 5, 2018 5:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 6 p.m. The plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush's remains has landed at Houston's Ellington Field. Bush's body returned to Texas on Wednesday evening on a plane from Washington. The same...