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A look at some of the world's major crowd disasters

Oct. 02, 2022 04:25 AM EDT

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Police fired tear gas after riots broke out at an Indonesian soccer match in East Java province when Persebaya Surabaya beat Arema Malang 3-2. Panic and a rush for the exit left over 170 people dead, most of whom were trampled, police said Sunday. Here's a look at some of...

Military: Gunmen kill Pakistani UN peacekeeper in east Congo

Oct. 02, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani soldier serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed in a militant attack in the country's volatile east, the military said. A group of six militants reached the United Nations' permanent operation base in the district of...

UN, abuse survivor groups seek Vatican investigation of Belo

Oct. 02, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The United Nations and advocacy groups for survivors of clergy sexual abuse are urging Pope Francis to authorize a full investigation of Catholic Church archives on three continents to ascertain who knew what and when about sexual abuse by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop...

Protesters attack French Embassy in Burkina Faso after coup

Oct. 01, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Angry protesters attacked the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Saturday after supporters of the West African nation's new coup leader accused France of harboring the ousted interim president, a charge French authorities vehemently denied. ...

Nigerians mark independence anniversary ahead of key poll

Oct. 01, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their independence Saturday with the country's leader acknowledging the economic and security hardships citizens are facing as they prepare to vote for a new president in four months. Nigerian President Muhammadu...

Lawmakers in breakaway Somaliland extend president’s term

Oct. 01, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The House of Elders in Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland has extended the term of office of President Muse Bihi Abdi by two years, a decision expected to cause more unrest by opposition groups. Sulayman Mohamud Adan, the speaker of the chamber,...

Testing trouble adds to disorder in Uganda's Ebola response

Oct. 01, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

MUBENDE, Uganda (AP) — The nurse wanted the toddler with a high fever transferred at once from a private clinic in Uganda to a public hospital even though the child tested positive for malaria amid an Ebola outbreak that has rattled health workers. But the clinic's owner wasn't...

Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch

Oct. 01, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African soccer confederation has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years. The decision...

Western push on China, Russia at UN rights body faces test

Oct. 01, 2022 02:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Western countries are leading a rare two-pronged push at the U.N.’s main human rights body to better scrutinize the human rights records of two big world powers: China, over allegations of abuses during an anti-extremism campaign in western Xinjiang, and Russia, over its...

UN says it's ready to work with Congo on peacekeeper pullout

Oct. 01, 2022 01:25 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, which was the target of deadly protests during the summer, said the United Nations is “ready and willing” to work closely with the government to step up the pace of withdrawal of the U.N. force that has over 14,000...