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AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Feb. 03, 2023 03:04 AM EST

JAN. 27-FEB. 2, 2023 From the Pope’s visit to Congo and South Sudan, to the Ski Flying World Cup in Austria and the presentation of Leopard 2 tanks in Germany, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated...

African countries lack 'immediate access' to cholera vaccine

Feb. 02, 2023 07:57 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa’s public health agency says countries with deadly cholera outbreaks on the continent have no “immediate access” to vaccines amid a global supply shortage. The acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ahmed Ogwell,...

Ex-ABC journalist charged in child sexual exploitation case

Feb. 01, 2023 20:20 PM EST

A well-known former investigative journalist for ABC News has been arrested on a charge of “transporting” images depicting the sexual abuse of children, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday. James Gordon Meek, 53, of Arlington, Virginia, who covered national security and...

The legal woes of former South African president Jacob Zuma

Feb. 01, 2023 11:51 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The judge presiding over former South African President Jacob Zuma's corruption trial recused himself from the case this week, saying he didn't want there to be any chance that the proceedings could be viewed as biased against Zuma. It is the latest...

Nigeria sees cash shortage amid push for redesigned currency

Jan. 31, 2023 05:55 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's push to replace its paper money with newly designed currency notes has created a shortage of cash, leaving people unable to buy what they need and forcing businesses to close across the West African nation, experts and business groups said. The...

Yellen says Africa to shape world economy as US reengages

Jan. 26, 2023 13:33 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen watched Ford cars and pickup trucks being assembled at a plant in South Africa on Thursday, citing it as an example of cooperation between Washington and Africa as she begins the Biden administration's big push to reengage with a...

Yellen visits Zambian farm to showcase Africa's ag potential

Jan. 26, 2023 11:35 AM EST

CHONGWE, Zambia (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled from a small farm on a rural red clay road to a ramen noodle manufacturing plant in Zambia's bustling capitol of Lusaka on Tuesday to showcase Africa's potential to help solve the world's problems with food shortages. ...

Germany apologizes for leopard jibe that upset some Africans

Jan. 26, 2023 08:56 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Germany apologized on Thursday for using a leopard emoji in a jibe at Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Twitter that ended up offending some Africans. The German foreign ministry poked fun at Russia's top diplomat during his tour of Africa...

Yellen tours wildlife reserve to start South Africa visit

Jan. 25, 2023 09:22 AM EST

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen used a tour of a wildlife park in South Africa on Wednesday to announce a joint initiative to combat wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities in both countries. Yellen said during a visit to the...

Report: Much of Africa less safe, democratic than in 2012

Jan. 25, 2023 06:19 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new report on African governance released Wednesday finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts. The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse...