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Rights groups say probe into Egypt economist's death flawed

Jul. 07, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Two leading human rights groups on Thursday accused Egyptian authorities of failing to conduct an impartial and transparent investigation into the suspicious death of an economic researcher in custody. In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International...

8 killed, 44 injured in car crash in southern Egypt

Jul. 07, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Eight people were killed and 44 injured in a car crash on Thursday near Egypt's southern province of Aswan, the state-run news agency reported. The crash took place in the early morning when a passenger bus collided with a truck, on a highway linking Awsan to Abu...

Extremists claim responsibility for Nigerian prison attack

Jul. 07, 2022 07:26 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a prison in Nigeria’s capital which freed nearly 900 inmates including 60 of its members. Nigerian security forces on Thursday continued to search for at least 400 escaped prisoners who are...

Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fisherfolk

Jul. 07, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

Inflation pushed 71M people into poverty since Ukraine war

Jul. 07, 2022 04:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A staggering 71 million more people around the world are experiencing poverty as a result of soaring food and energy prices that climbed in the weeks following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Development Program said in a report Thursday. ...

Children among 50 held 100 days after Nigeria train attack

Jul. 06, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least five children are among the 50 people still held by gunmen who attacked a passenger train near Nigeria’s capital, their families said Wednesday as they held a protest demanding more action from authorities to rescue the hostages. As the families...

Congo and Rwanda agree to reduce tensions over M23 rebels

Jul. 06, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Rwanda and Congo have agreed to reduce tensions following one-day talks between their presidents mediated by Angola, Congo’s presidency announced Wednesday. The two countries will revive a Congo-Rwanda commission which will resume activities on July 12 in...

Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria's capital, 879 inmates escape

Jul. 06, 2022 14:07 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 900 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. At least 443 of the 879 escapees are still missing, Umar Abubakar, a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional...

South African president decries deaths of 21 teens in tavern

Jul. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — The deaths of 21 teenagers in a nightclub tragedy is a crime and South African officials must increase steps to prevent alcohol from being illegally sold to youths, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “We do not know yet...

Ukraine's shadow: Deadly crises like Somalia starved of aid

Jul. 06, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than two dozen children have died of hunger in the past two months in a single hospital in Somalia. Dr. Yahye Abdi Garun has watched their emaciated parents stumble in from rural areas gripped by the driest drought in decades. And yet no humanitarian aid arrives. ...