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FILE - This July 10, 2020 file photo shows Covid-19 patients being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa has exceeded 500.000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported cases in Africa's 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced the new total on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South Africa hits 500,000 infections but president hopeful

Aug. 2, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, but President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday he sees “promising signs” that the rapid growth of cases has stabilized and that the country's strained health system is managing to cope. Health Minister Zwelini...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020, file photo, mourners gather to bury an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)

In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

Aug. 2, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he...

Ethiopians celebrate the progress made on the Nile dam, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday Aug. 2, 2020. Ethiopians in the capital celebrated the progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of residents flooded the streets of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon, waving Ethiopia’s flag and holding up posters. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)

Ethiopians celebrate progress in building dam on Nile River

Aug. 2, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are celebrating progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of...

Tsitsi Dangerembga, left, prominent Zimbabwean author and Fadzayi Mahere, right, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts with others in Harare, Saturday, Aug, 1, 2020. Police arrested scores of people in Harare and other towns in Friday's protests according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean author freed after night in jail for protest

Aug. 1, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An internationally known Zimbabwean author and several other people have been released on bail on Saturday, after spending a night in police cells for protesting against the government. The activists included writer Tsitsi Dangarembga and Fadzayi Mahere, the spokeswoman of the main...

Children wash sheep with soap before they are offered for sale for the upcoming Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, on the beach in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, July 30, 2020. Even in the best of times, many Muslims in West Africa scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on the Eid al-Adha holiday, a display of faith that often costs as much as a month's income, and now the coronavirus is wreaking havoc on people's budgets putting an important religious tradition beyond financial reach. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Livestock prices stress Muslims in Africa ahead of Eid

Jul. 30, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Even in the best of times, many Muslims scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on Eid al-Adha, a display of faith that can amount to an entire month's income. Now, the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic are straining families across Africa even more as they...

Muslim worshippers offer Eid al-Adha prayer at a park as mosques are limited for ten people following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 31, 2020. This is the first Feast of Sacrifice since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. The major Muslim holiday, at the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, is observed around the world by believers and commemorates prophet Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

Jul. 31, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Small groups of people performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations. The last days...

This photo provided by Reda Fhelboom shows Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway in Tunis in July 2015.   A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced  al-Zway, a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday, July 31, 2020 from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must navigate in east Libya, where military commander Khalifa Hifter has moved to quash all dissent  and more broadly in a war-torn country overrun with fractious militias. (Reda Fhelboom via AP)

East Libyan military court sentences journalist to 15 years

Jul. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must...

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

German defense minister: Planned US withdrawal 'regrettable'

Jul. 31, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Friday described the planned withdrawal of some 12,000 U.S. troops from her country as “regrettable,” while suggesting it underlines the need for Europe to do more for its own security. American defense leaders said Wednesday that the U.S. will...

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Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...

Ethiopians celebrate the progress made on the Nile dam, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday Aug. 2, 2020. Ethiopians in the capital celebrated the progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of residents flooded the streets of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon, waving Ethiopia’s flag and holding up posters. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)

Ethiopians celebrate progress in building dam on Nile River

Aug. 2, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are celebrating progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...

FILE - This July 10, 2020 file photo shows Covid-19 patients being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa has exceeded 500.000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported cases in Africa's 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced the new total on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South Africa hits 500,000 infections but president hopeful

Aug. 2, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, but President Cyril Ramaphosa said Sunday he sees “promising signs” that the rapid growth of cases has stabilized and that the country's strained health system is managing to cope. Health Minister Zwelini...

FILE - In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo)

Protests in the long term: How is a lasting legacy cemented?

Aug. 2, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of staying power does it take for a protest movement to be judged a success? This year, without a centralized team of senior leaders, perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history has been unfolding nationwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of...

FILE - In this April 30, 2020, file photo, mourners gather to bury an elderly man believed to have died of the coronavirus but whose family asked not to be named because of the social stigma, in Mogadishu, Somalia. A dangerous stigma has sprung up around the coronavirus in Africa — fueled, in part, by severe quarantine rules in some countries as well as insufficient information about the virus. (AP Photo/File)

In Africa, stigma surrounding coronavirus hinders response

Aug. 2, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After 23 days in quarantine in Uganda — far longer than required — Jimmy Spire Ssentongo walked free in part because of a cartoon he drew. It showed a bound prisoner begging for liberation after multiple negative tests, while a health minister demanded to know where he...

FILE - This July 10, 2020 file photo shows Covid-19 patients being treated with oxygen at the Tshwane District Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa has exceeded 500.000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported cases in Africa's 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced the new total on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

Aug. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases Saturday night, bringing the country's cumulative total to 503,290,...

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak of its coronavirus outbreak

Aug. 1, 2020 4:11 PM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak of its coronavirus outbreak.
Tsitsi Dangerembga, left, prominent Zimbabwean author and Fadzayi Mahere, right, spokeswoman for the main opposition party, appear at the magistrates courts with others in Harare, Saturday, Aug, 1, 2020. Police arrested scores of people in Harare and other towns in Friday's protests according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean author freed after night in jail for protest

Aug. 1, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An internationally known Zimbabwean author and several other people have been released on bail on Saturday, after spending a night in police cells for protesting against the government. The activists included writer Tsitsi Dangarembga and Fadzayi Mahere, the spokeswoman of the main...

Sambusa, a Somali meat pie filled with ground beef and spices, is shown at J's Sambusa, a new Somali restaurant Monday, July 26, 2020 in North Mankato, Minn. Before Nasra “Jamila” Ibrahim emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1994, she worked at her brother’s restaurant in Mogadishu. Ever since then, the idea of opening a restaurant of her own has lingered in the back of her mind. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

Somali immigrant lives dream with North Mankato restaurant

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Before Nasra “Jamila” Ibrahim emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1994, she worked at her brother’s restaurant in Mogadishu. Ever since then, the idea of opening a restaurant of her own has lingered in the back of her mind. On Monday, July 27, she...