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People wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at a wedding hall in Suwon, South Korea, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Kim Jong-taik/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Economic and Social Council is calling...

Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin poses for a portrait after taking the oath as Minister of Defense at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The ceremony came more than two months after the death of the former defense chief and amid tensions with neighboring Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

Sudan appoints new defense chief amid tensions with Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Tuesday swore in a new defense minister more that two months after the death of the former defense chief and amid tensions with neighboring Ethiopia. Maj. Gen. Yassin Ibrahim Yassin was sworn in before Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, according to a...

In this photo taken Monday, June 1, 2020, residents burn fires late at night on a street to protest the death of James Mureithi, a homeless man who protesters alleged was shot dead by police during the nightly dusk-to-dawn curfew established to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in the Mathare slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. Hundreds of people in Mathare left their homes and burnt tires on the streets in the latest outrage over alleged police brutality, with a rights activist claiming that 19 Kenyans from low-income neighborhood have died from police actions in enforcing the curfew. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Kenyans protest as police accused of killing homeless man

Jun. 2, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Residents of a slum in Kenya's capital have protested the death of a homeless man who they said was killed by police for violating a dusk-to-dawn curfew for the coronavirus. Hundreds of people in Mathare left their homes and burnt tires on the streets Monday night in the latest...

Belgian diplomats recalled from Rwanda over genocide event

Jun. 2, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda on Tuesday said Belgium has decided to recall two diplomats after the East African nation accused them of organizing a commemoration of the 1994 genocide a day before official mourning started and without informing local authorities. In a statement, Rwanda's government said the...

6 elephants killed by poachers in single day in Ethiopia

Jun. 2, 2020 6:25 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least six elephants were killed in a single day by poachers in Ethiopia last week, wildlife officials said, the largest such slaughter in memory in the East African nation. “The elephants were killed while they ventured out of the Mago National Park to drink...

Ethiopia and Sudan urge cooperation to stop border violence

May. 31, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says a recent violent incident that flared up along the border with Sudan should be addressed by diplomatic discussions. For its part, Sudan's military says that the two countries should deploy a joint force to patrol the border to prevent any violence. The statements...

Roadside bomb near Somalia's capital kills 8 civilians

May. 31, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least eight civilians were killed when a minibus hit a roadside bomb outside the capital on Sunday morning. Abdullahi Ahmed says the minibus hit the bomb in the Hawa Abdi area near Mogadishu. The death toll may rise because many of the surviving...

Sudan summons Ethiopia’s envoy over cross-border attack

May. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia's military. Thursday’s attack in the eastern province of al-Qadarif killed at least one officer and one...

UN adopts new voting procedure during COVID-19 pandemic

May. 30, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly...

Anthony Pawnell, a Drake University law student, joins more than a thousand protesters outside the Des Moines Police Department on Friday, May 29, 2020. The protests were a response to the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...