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Eritrean soccer players who defected say they live in fear

Oct. 12, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Soccer gave Mewal Tesfai Yosief hope in an authoritarian nation, a job in a country of forced military conscription and, possibly, freedom at last. After scoring two goals for Eritrea's national under-20 soccer team during a tournament in Uganda late last month, Mewal defected with...

Ugandan official says new bill will target homosexuals

Oct. 11, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bill proposing harsh penalties against gay sex is set to be introduced in Uganda's national assembly, according to a senior official who has expressed regret over the failure of an attempt years ago to punish homosexuals. Lawmakers supporting anti-gay legislation have "remobilized"...

Ugandan immigrant starts business with grandma's recipes

Oct. 5, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WEST ST. PAUL., Minn. (AP) — Passing down family recipes from generation to generation is a time-honored tradition. It inspired a Minnesota man to start a business based on his grandmother's tonic recipes in Uganda. "She was way ahead of everybody in terms ... of like the buzz words that we say ......

The Latest: Warholm wins 400 hurdles, host Qatar gets medal

Sep. 30, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the track and field world championships Monday (all times local): 10.50 p.m. Norway's Karsten Warholm has defended his title in the 400-meter hurdles but fell short of world record pace, as Qatar celebrated its first medal for the home team. Warholm went out fast and...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

Ugandan leader questions US sanctions against former protege

Sep. 23, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's longtime leader is disputing United States sanctions targeting a former protege accused of rights violations during his role as police boss between 2005 and 2018. President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday said Gen. Kale Kayihura's alleged offenses "will be handled in Uganda." The...

UN agency: Tanzania not sharing details on Ebola-like cases

Sep. 22, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus, a significant cause for concern during a regional outbreak that has been declared a rare global health emergency. The statement...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...