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Prolonged drought brings famine, death and fear to Somalia

Oct. 05, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

DOLLOW, Somalia (AP) — A man in a donkey cart comes wheeling through the dust, carrying two small, silent boys. The sky is overcast. It could rain. It won’t. It hasn’t for a very long time. Mohamed Ahmed Diriye is 60 years old, and he’s completing the grimmest journey of his...

Ford offers $80 million to fight global authoritarianism

Oct. 05, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

The Ford Foundation will commit $80 million over the next five years to work that strengthens nonprofits fighting against authoritarian regimes. Such groups are struggling in the face of governments that are restricting the right to protest, hobbling nonprofit organizations with an...

Ethiopia, Tigray head invited to peace talks in South Africa

Oct. 05, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and the federal government have been invited to peace talks in South Africa this weekend as part of a pan-African effort to end one of the world’s most overlooked wars, according to a letter seen Wednesday by The...

Ethiopia turns over alleged people smuggler to Netherlands

Oct. 05, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ethiopia has turned over to Dutch judicial authorities a 38-year-old Eritrean man suspected of playing a leading role in a major international criminal network that smuggled Eritreans to the Netherlands. “The journey involved brutal violence —...

EXPLAINER: A look at famine and its toll as Somalia at risk

Oct. 05, 2022 04:31 AM EDT

DOLLOW, Somalia (AP) — Within weeks, a famine could be declared in Somalia, affecting more than 850,000 people in two of the country's worst drought-affected areas plus thousands of people in displacement camps. Such a declaration by the United Nations and partners is rare and a...

The leader of Ethiopia's Tigray region has been invited to African Union-led peace talks in South Africa this weekend

Oct. 05, 2022 03:22 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia's Tigray region has been invited to African Union-led peace talks in South Africa this weekend.

UK still backs Rwanda deportations despite legal challenge

Oct. 04, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain’s immigration minister said Tuesday that people who arrive by unauthorized means should not be allowed to claim asylum in the U.K. and she vowed to press on with a contentious plan to send some asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda. Home...

In 1st speech as Prince of Wales, William champions wildlife

Oct. 04, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prince William delivered his first speech as heir to the British throne at a wildlife protection summit Tuesday, signaling that the royal family will continue to champion environmental causes as King Charles III is forced to step back from front-line campaigning. ...

Uganda's president fires military son after offensive tweets

Oct. 04, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni fired his son as commander of the nation's infantry forces Tuesday after the son tweeted an unprovoked threat to capture the capital of neighboring Kenya, drawing widespread concern in East Africa. Lt. Gen. Muhoozi...

Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine objects to oil pipeline

Oct. 04, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A planned pipeline to export oil from Uganda is likely to entrench the long rule of President Yoweri Museveni, opposition figure Bobi Wine said Tuesday, voicing his opposition to a project that's increasingly controversial over environmental concerns. Wine,...