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Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Mali attack

Nov. 21, 2019 3:22 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 30 soldiers in Mali earlier this week. A statement late Wednesday asserts that another 30 soldiers were wounded in Monday’s ambush. The statement mentions no deaths among IS-linked fighters....

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

Passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight held after bomb claim

Nov. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight in Burundi was disrupted when a man locked himself in a bathroom on the plane and claimed to have a bomb, a passenger and authorities said Thursday. Sally Hayden in a Twitter post cited local police as saying they eventually broke down the door and...

Burkina Faso says 18 extremists killed after attacking base

Nov. 21, 2019 3:41 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Burkina Faso says 18 extremists have been killed after they attacked a security base in the north and were repelled. A defense ministry statement late Wednesday says one gendarme also was killed in the afternoon attack in Arbinda in Soum province. Seven gendarmes were wounded, two...

South African viral video of body bag causes alarm

Nov. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South Africans have been shocked by a viral video that appeared to show family members carrying a body bag out of an insurance company office while pursuing a claim. Old Mutual South Africa replied to the incident with a statement on social media earlier this week saying that...

Somali official: 2020 could see first election in 50 years

Nov. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Somalia’s electoral commission told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that 2020 is “a pivotal year” for the country whose citizens have been denied the right to political participation for 50 years and are hoping for an election with universal...

Thunberg, Cameroon peace activist receive children’s award

Nov. 20, 2019 2:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Greta Thunberg, a young activist who has gone from staging school strikes to scolding world leaders about their climate change inaction, was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on Wednesday, along with Cameroon peace campaigner Divina Maloum....

Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at opposition supporters

Nov. 20, 2019 10:01 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police with riot gear fired tear gas and struck people who gathered on Wednesday to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader amid growing frustration with the collapsing economy. Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare. Officers...

Iconic singer hopes to close financing gap for African women

Nov. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The insect-eaten money fluttered in pieces to the floor. For global music star Angelique Kidjo, that image of her grandmother having to use a closet as a bank is driving her desire to see African women leap the many obstacles to obtaining credit — and respect. The Benin-born...

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Rights group: Islamist leader’s daughter tortured in prison

Nov. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International alleges the daughter of a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group has been tortured and denied medical treatment in an Egyptian prison. The London-based rights group released a statement Thursday deploring “inhumane” and...

Passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight held after bomb claim

Nov. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight in Burundi was disrupted when a man locked himself in a bathroom on the plane and claimed to have a bomb, a passenger and authorities said Thursday. Sally Hayden in a Twitter post cited local police as saying they eventually broke down the door and...

The Latest: North Macedonia detains 33 migrants near border

Nov. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Officials in North Macedonia say a police patrol has detained a group of 33 migrants found walking through the southern part of the country, near the border with Greece. Police said in a statement that the group consisted...

South African viral video of body bag causes alarm

Nov. 21, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some South Africans have been shocked by a viral video that appeared to show family members carrying a body bag out of an insurance company office while pursuing a claim. Old Mutual South Africa replied to the incident with a statement on social media earlier this week saying that...

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

Nov. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten town.” The flat, dusty roads to Vosburg are surrounded by withered fields. The streams feeding the community of a few thousand people have gone dry. Signs warn drivers of wandering cattle and sheep but...

Son of Egypt’s former President Mubarak says mother ill

Nov. 21, 2019 5:54 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One of the sons of Egypt’s former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak says his 78-year-old mother and former first lady is in hospital. Alaa Mubarak tweeted late Wednesday that Suzanne Mubarak was in intensive care but didn’t elaborate on her illness. He sought to reassure his...

Egypt detains man going to Saudi Arabia with banned pills

Nov. 21, 2019 5:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Authorities say a man from a Gulf Arab country who was travelling from Egypt to Saudi Arabia has been detained at the Cairo airport, allegedly attempting to take banned pills into the kingdom. A statement from the airport authorities on Thursday says security officials found dozens of illegal...

IS claims attack in Egypt’s Sinai that killed officer

Nov. 21, 2019 3:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed an attack this week in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula that killed an officer and wounded three others. A statement by the extremist group released late on Wednesday on a militant-linked website says its fighters had targeted an armored vehicle...

Burkina Faso says 18 extremists killed after attacking base

Nov. 21, 2019 3:41 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Burkina Faso says 18 extremists have been killed after they attacked a security base in the north and were repelled. A defense ministry statement late Wednesday says one gendarme also was killed in the afternoon attack in Arbinda in Soum province. Seven gendarmes were wounded, two...

Islamic State group claims responsibility for Mali attack

Nov. 21, 2019 3:22 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 30 soldiers in Mali earlier this week. A statement late Wednesday asserts that another 30 soldiers were wounded in Monday’s ambush. The statement mentions no deaths among IS-linked fighters....