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Morocco accused of blocking UN visit to Western Sahara

Jul. 05, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The pro-independence Polisario Front accused Morocco of obstructing a visit by the U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara region and called on the United Nations to reveal the reasons why. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had said Friday that the...

Algeria marks 60 years of independence with military parade

Jul. 05, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria celebrated 60 years of independence from France on Tuesday with nationwide ceremonies, a pardon of 14,000 prisoners and its first military parade in decades. Opposition figures and pro-democracy activists called the elaborate celebrations an effort...

2 UN peacekeepers from Egypt were killed, 5 wounded in Mali

Jul. 05, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. armored vehicle hit a mine Tuesday in central Mali, killing two Egyptian peacekeepers and seriously wounding five others in another deadly incident targeting the U.N. mission in the West African nation that has faced a decade-long Islamic insurgency. ...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Sudan's doctors: 11 wounded in crackdown on anti-coup sit-in

Jul. 05, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces descended on an anti-coup sit-in to try and disperse protesters in the capital of Khartoum, wounding at least 11 people, a medical group said Tuesday. The crackdown came shortly after Sudan's military ruler promised to step down once a civilian government is...

Top general says military to leave Sudan political talks

Jul. 04, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's leading general said Monday the country's military will withdraw from negotiations meant to solve the ongoing political crisis after a coup last year, allowing civil society representatives to take their place. In televised statements aired on Sudan’s state...

Romanian woman killed in 2nd Egypt shark attack in days

Jul. 04, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that a tourist from the country was killed in a shark attack while vacationing in Egypt, making it the second shark attack death there in recent days. A 68-year-old Austrian woman died on Friday after losing an arm...

UN condemns protesters' storming of Libya's parliament

Jul. 02, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official for Libya on Saturday condemned the storming of the parliament's headquarters in the east of the oil-rich country as part of protests in several cities the previous day against the political class and deteriorating economic conditions. Hundreds...

Egypt closes coastal area after shark kills Austrian swimmer

Jul. 02, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Saturday closed off a stretch of the country's Red Sea coastline, a day after a shark attack killed an Austrian woman swimming near the resort of Hurghada. The 68-year-old woman, who lost a leg and an arm in the shark attack, died shortly after...

Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity

Jul. 02, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan on Saturday to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he had planned to begin a weeklong pilgrimage to the two African...