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Report: At least 13 dead in South Africa church collapse

Apr. 19, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Local media in South Africa report that at least 13 people are dead after part of a church collapsed. Broadcaster News24 cites KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesman Robert McKenzie as saying heavy rainfall may have been to blame for the collapse Thursday night in Dlangubo....

Mali's prime minister resigns amid criticism over insecurity

Apr. 19, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's prime minister has resigned after pressure over growing insecurity in the West African nation including a recent massacre. The president's office announced Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga's resignation late Thursday and said a new government will be set up after consultation with "all...

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

Snakes in office force Liberia's president to work from home

Apr. 19, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A spokesman says Liberia's president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office. Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until...

Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya

Apr. 19, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy's minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to build...

Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

Trump calls Libyan commander pushing to seize Tripoli

Apr. 19, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Libya's Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is leading an offensive to take over the capital of Tripoli — the seat of the U.N.-supported government. According to a readout released by the White House on Friday, Trump and Hifter talked about...

Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime

Apr. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Algeria demonstrated for a ninth straight Friday against the country's leadership amid calls for the departure of the powerful military's chief of staff. With police forces deployed across the city, protesters gathered in the morning at the...

Ethiopia crash victims' relatives mark 40 days of mourning

Apr. 18, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BISHOFTU, Ethiopia (AP) — Dozens of relatives of the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have gathered to end 40 days of mourning according to Ethiopian Orthodox tradition. Families held victims' photos or flags representing their 35 nationalities. Many wore black. The March 10 crash...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Apr. 18, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. Little is known about the watery...

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Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

New Hulu show draws on NJ roots of comedian Ramy Youssef

Apr. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ramy Hassan exasperates his mother. "I told you if you finished the pre-med classes, you would be running the brain surgery at Hackensnack hospital," she tells him. "It's Hackensack, mom," he replies. She is unmoved. He knows her criticisms come from a place of love, but they sting...

Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

Italy, France aim to chart common strategy on violent Libya

Apr. 19, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The foreign ministers of Italy and France say their countries are trying to forge a common strategy on Libya. Italy's minster, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, told reporters Friday after the two held talks in Rome that lower-ranking ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to build...

Trump calls Libyan commander pushing to seize Tripoli

Apr. 19, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Libya's Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is leading an offensive to take over the capital of Tripoli — the seat of the U.N.-supported government. According to a readout released by the White House on Friday, Trump and Hifter talked about...

Powerful Emirati crown prince entangled by Mueller report

Apr. 19, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the most powerful leaders in the United Arab Emirates has found himself entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller's report on U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian interference in America's 2016 election. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al...

Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime

Apr. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Algeria demonstrated for a ninth straight Friday against the country's leadership amid calls for the departure of the powerful military's chief of staff. With police forces deployed across the city, protesters gathered in the morning at the...

Sudanese protest organizers step up pressure on military

Apr. 19, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protest organizers on Friday stepped up calls for a swift transfer of power, saying they will announce an interim ruling council they want to see take over from the military that ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against him. The announcement...

Expats vote on giving Egypt president 8 more years in power

Apr. 19, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says expats have started voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. MENA reported that Egyptians living abroad lined up outside their country's diplomatic missions to vote on Friday, a day before...

Snakes in office force Liberia's president to work from home

Apr. 19, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A spokesman says Liberia's president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office. Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until...