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Sudan rebel faction, government hold 1st round of talks

Oct. 18, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's largest single rebel group Friday held its first round of direct peace talks with the country's transitional government, despite an earlier boycott following a military crackdown. The new transitional government and other rebel leaders kicked off talks Monday in South Sudan's capital,...

Correction: South Sudan-Fragile Peace story

Oct. 18, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about South Sudan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the opposition's deputy chairman, Henry Odwar, said a 3,000-member force was for opposition leader Riek Machar's protection. A corrected version of the story is below: Tensions high as South Sudan...

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Oct. 17, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record. There was scattered applause in the General Assembly chamber when its...

Deng signs with Bulls, retires

Oct. 17, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two-time All-Star forward Luol Deng has signed with the Chicago Bulls and retired as a member of the team that drafted him. The No. 7 overall pick in 2004, the 34-year-old Deng averaged 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds over 15 seasons with Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, the Los Angeles Lakers and...

Libya official: Gunmen kill 2 women, 3 kids near capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed two women and three children of the same family while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli, less than a week after an airstrike slammed into a house killing at least three civilians, a health official said Thursday. The city has been the scene of fighting...

Africans fail to get UN support for AU-UN envoy for Libya

Oct. 16, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — African members of the Security Council tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to appoint a joint African Union-United Nations envoy for conflict-torn Libya, in an apparent attempt to replace current U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame. South Africa, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea were following up...

Buses collide in central Sudan, killing 21

Oct. 16, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's state-run news agency says a head-on collision between two buses has killed 21 people in a central province. SUNA reports the crash took place on Wednesday in a small town south of Obeid, the capital of North Kordofan Province. It said 29 others were injured. Local media say one bus...

Sudanese rebel group suspends peace talks after attack

Oct. 16, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese rebel group said Wednesday it suspended peace talks with the transitional government, accusing the military of attacking and detaining people in a southern area under its control, an early blow to negotiations that had just begun with high expectations in South Sudan's capital,...

Libya's coast guard intercepts 90 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 16, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted 90 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat with 90 African migrants, including seven women, was stopped on Tuesday off Khoms town, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the capital,...

Libyan official: Tripoli is restricting our oil revenues

Oct. 16, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya's parallel government in the east said rival, U.N.-backed authorities in Tripoli have restricted oil revenues to areas under its control, as eastern-allied militias battle to seize control of the capital. Libya remains split between two governments — one...