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South Africa's president responds to critical report

Jul. 21, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country's corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers about a contribution to his presidential campaign. Ramaphosa has described the critical report as fundamentally and...

Swiss government mediating in Cameroon's separatist crisis

Jul. 21, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Switzerland's ambassador to Cameroon says his government is trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the separatist crisis in which an estimated 2,000 have died. Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri said the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. "Over...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

South Africa's president accused of misleading Parliament

Jul. 19, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African corruption watchdog on Friday said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" Parliament about a campaign contribution, a setback for a leader who has vowed to address sprawling graft allegations that forced his predecessor from office and sparked national outrage....

Aid group says 1 dead, 6 seized in Nigeria extremist ambush

Jul. 19, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An international aid group says a driver is dead and six people are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a convoy in northeastern Nigeria. An Action Against Hunger statement says the convoy was heading to the border community of Damasak on Thursday when the ambush occurred....

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport

Jul. 19, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained. A viral video of Friday's incident at the international airport in Lagos also showed panicked passengers who...

Kenya's president launches Africa's largest wind farm

Jul. 19, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has launched what officials call Africa's largest wind farm, a project that is reducing electricity costs in a bid to attract investors to East Africa's commercial hub. President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making...

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

Libya's largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

Jul. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field over the "unlawful" closure of a pipeline valve, in a country torn by war between rival authorities in the east and west, each backed by various militias. The National Oil Corporation announced the move...

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in...

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Lufthansa resumes Cairo flights, British Airways stays away

Jul. 21, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Lufthansa resumed flying to Cairo Sunday following a one-day suspension due to safety concerns. The German airline's website shows LH582 took off from Frankfurt after a two-hour delay and arrived in Egypt's capital Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, British Airways continued with its seven-day...

The Latest: Egypt aviation minister upset by paused flights

Jul. 21, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on suspended flights to Egypt (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Egypt's minister of civil aviation says he's frustrated that British Airways suspended flights to Cairo without consulting Egyptian authorities. Egyptian Lt. General Younes Elmasry and British Ambassador to Egypt Sir...

Kushner to head to Mideast to push Palestinian economic plan

Jul. 21, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is returning to the Mideast at month's end to promote the administration's $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians that they've rejected because it ignores their political demands. Kushner outlined the...

South Africa's president responds to critical report

Jul. 21, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will urgently challenge in court a report by the country's corruption watchdog that found he misled lawmakers about a contribution to his presidential campaign. Ramaphosa has described the critical report as fundamentally and...

Swiss government mediating in Cameroon's separatist crisis

Jul. 21, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Switzerland's ambassador to Cameroon says his government is trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the separatist crisis in which an estimated 2,000 have died. Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri said the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. "Over...

Libya's largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

Jul. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field over the "unlawful" closure of a pipeline valve, in a country torn by war between rival authorities in the east and west, each backed by various militias. The National Oil Corporation announced the move...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...

British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights

Jul. 20, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security. The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week. The German airline said normal operations would resume Sunday....

Officials: BA suspending flights from London for 2 days

Jul. 20, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say Cairo's international airport has been notified by British Airways that the airline is suspending flights to and from London for two days. Airport officials say the decision came after British official conducted regular security checks earlier this week at the airport....

Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for Tripoli

Jul. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to join its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.- backed government based there amid warnings from the international community of military escalation and targeting of civilians. The LNA, led...