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In this March 5, 2015 photo, Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa's richest woman, attends the opening of an art exhibition featuring works from the collection of her husband and art collector Sindika Dokolo in Porto, Portugal. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Angola's foreign minister Manuel Augusto said that there is no political motivation behind the government's demand for more than $1 billion from dos Santos, her husband and a Portuguese business partner. Isabel dos Santos is a daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil- and diamond-rich nation for 38 years until 2017. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

'I did it': Portugal hacker says he exposed African tycoon

Jan. 27, 2020 6:13 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese hacker is claiming responsibility for leaking confidential documents implicating the billionaire daughter of a former prominent African leader in alleged murky international business deals. Lawyers for Rui Pinto, who is in a Lisbon jail awaiting trial in a separate...

Gambia arrests 137 in protests urging president to step down

Jan. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s police have arrested 137 people amid protests calling for the president to step down after three years in power, the government said Monday, a startling turn for a country whose leader has vowed reforms and justice for the repression of the past. Security forces used...

Growing outcry in Ethiopia over abducted university students

Jan. 27, 2020 8:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are expressing anger and frustration over several university students, most of them female, who remain missing after their kidnapping two months ago. A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of...

Czech Republic to send troops to Africa anti-terror mission

Jan. 27, 2020 6:31 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Monday approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy up to 60 troops as part of France's anti-terror mission in Africa. The service members will join Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas military mission. It has been working to root out Islamic militants roaming...

20 Mali soldiers killed at army camp attacked by gunmen

Jan. 26, 2020 1:37 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen attacked an army camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania, killing 20 soldiers Sunday, the government and armed forces said. The camp in Sokolo in the Segou region remains under the control of Mali's military, the armed forces said in a statement on Twitter. Mali's government...

Burundi Army Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye gestures to party supporters after being chosen as their presidential candidate, at a national conference for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the rural province of Gitega, Burundi Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Burundi's ruling party chose Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye to be its candidate in the presidential election set for May, signaling that the country's current president Pierre Nkurunziza will now retire after serving three terms. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundi's ruling party picks general as presidential hopeful

Jan. 26, 2020 1:15 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's ruling party has chosen an army general to be its candidate in the presidential election set for May, signaling that the country's president will now retire after serving three terms. Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye was chosen Sunday during a national conference for the ruling...

Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet each other during a welcoming ceremony at the airport, in Algiers, Algeria, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Erdogan is in Algeria as first step of his three-nation Africa tour.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Visiting Turkey leader: Algeria key in region's stability

Jan. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, greeted to a fanfare arrival Sunday in Algiers, said the North African nation is “important for the stability of the region,” an apparent bow to Algerian efforts to play a key role in unwinding chaos in neighboring Libya. Erdogan...

A farmer looks back as she walks through swarms of desert locusts feeding on her crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that haven't seen such numbers in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Jan. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in...

FILE - In this July 3, 2019 file photo, debris covers the ground and an emergency vehicle after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya. The United Nations revealed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked international condemnation and accusations of war crimes.  (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN report: Chilling details of Libya migrant center strike

Jan. 27, 2020 1:44 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations revealed on Monday chilling new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked...

Germany wants consequences for those breaking Libya embargo

Jan. 27, 2020 1:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister called Monday for countries that break the U.N. embargo on arms exports to Libya to face consequences. Heiko Maas told reporters he was “under no illusion” that much work is still needed to put into practice decisions taken at a recent high-level...

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FILE - In this July 3, 2019 file photo, debris covers the ground and an emergency vehicle after an airstrike at a detention center in Tajoura, east of Tripoli in Libya. The United Nations revealed on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked international condemnation and accusations of war crimes.  (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

UN report: Chilling details of Libya migrant center strike

Jan. 27, 2020 1:44 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations revealed on Monday chilling new details about an airstrike that smashed into a migrant detention center in Libya, killing at least 50 people. The July attack, which ranked among the deadliest assaults on civilians since the start of Libya’s civil war, sparked...

Gambia arrests 137 in protests urging president to step down

Jan. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s police have arrested 137 people amid protests calling for the president to step down after three years in power, the government said Monday, a startling turn for a country whose leader has vowed reforms and justice for the repression of the past. Security forces used...

Growing outcry in Ethiopia over abducted university students

Jan. 27, 2020 8:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are expressing anger and frustration over several university students, most of them female, who remain missing after their kidnapping two months ago. A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of...

Egyptian court gives life sentence for 8 IS-linked militants

Jan. 27, 2020 7:57 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced eight people to life in prison, after they were convicted of joining a local affiliate of the Islamic State group spearheading an insurgency in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The Cairo Criminal Court gave 29 others sentences ranging from 15 to 1 year in prison....

Czech Republic to send troops to Africa anti-terror mission

Jan. 27, 2020 6:31 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Monday approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy up to 60 troops as part of France's anti-terror mission in Africa. The service members will join Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas military mission. It has been working to root out Islamic militants roaming...

In this March 5, 2015 photo, Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa's richest woman, attends the opening of an art exhibition featuring works from the collection of her husband and art collector Sindika Dokolo in Porto, Portugal. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Angola's foreign minister Manuel Augusto said that there is no political motivation behind the government's demand for more than $1 billion from dos Santos, her husband and a Portuguese business partner. Isabel dos Santos is a daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil- and diamond-rich nation for 38 years until 2017. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

'I did it': Portugal hacker says he exposed African tycoon

Jan. 27, 2020 6:13 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese hacker is claiming responsibility for leaking confidential documents implicating the billionaire daughter of a former prominent African leader in alleged murky international business deals. Lawyers for Rui Pinto, who is in a Lisbon jail awaiting trial in a separate...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Fighting rages as Libya force pushes toward key western city

Jan. 26, 2020 2:44 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Officials from Libya's two rival governments said fighting erupted Sunday as the country's east-based forces advanced toward the strategic western city of Misrata, further eroding a crumbling cease-fire agreement brokered earlier this month. The clashes came just hours after the United Nations...

20 Mali soldiers killed at army camp attacked by gunmen

Jan. 26, 2020 1:37 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen attacked an army camp in Mali near the border with Mauritania, killing 20 soldiers Sunday, the government and armed forces said. The camp in Sokolo in the Segou region remains under the control of Mali's military, the armed forces said in a statement on Twitter. Mali's government...

Brenda Oviatt said Angraecum urschianum, shown here growing in the Botanica Ltd. greenhouse on Jan. 14, 2020, is one of her favorite orchids. The orchid comes from Madagascar, grows to only a few inches high and has a flower as big as the plant. (Tom Bauer/The Missoulian via AP)

Missoula's 'best kept secret' helps save imperiled orchids

Jan. 26, 2020 1:36 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — For about 25 years, Brenda Oviatt and Bill Nerison have been involved with what they like to call one of Missoula’s best kept secrets. The couple run Botanica Ltd., an appointment-only business off South Third Street containing more than 8,000 plants and about 500 species of...

Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, right, and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet each other during a welcoming ceremony at the airport, in Algiers, Algeria, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Erdogan is in Algeria as first step of his three-nation Africa tour.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Visiting Turkey leader: Algeria key in region's stability

Jan. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, greeted to a fanfare arrival Sunday in Algiers, said the North African nation is “important for the stability of the region,” an apparent bow to Algerian efforts to play a key role in unwinding chaos in neighboring Libya. Erdogan...