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'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression — and about his fate. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter...

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

Sep. 18, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia's capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia,...

Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

Sep. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has ordered a clampdown on those who head into the capital for weekly demonstrations. In a speech Wednesday at an army barracks in the south of the gas-rich nation, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said members of the military — or gendarmes — should arrest...

Congo's army says it kills militia leader wanted by the ICC

Sep. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed the commander of the Rwandan Hutu militia group FDLR who had been wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, a spokesman said Wednesday. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down overnight in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province,...

Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia's presidential runoff

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui and independent law professor Kais Saied will advance to Tunisia's presidential runoff, sending the North African nation's young democracy into an unprecedented electoral battle. Tunisia's electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out...

Sudan's new PM meets with Egyptian president in Cairo

Sep. 18, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Wednesday met with Sudan's newly appointed prime minister before heading to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Abdalla Hamdok discussed bilateral relations, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidency. Ties between...

Rwandan gospel singer comes out as gay, to country's shock

Sep. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo. The singer shocked many...

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...

Niger seeks to step up oil production with pipeline to coast

Sep. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a project that Niger's president said will bolster the country's economic development. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,982 kilometer-long pipeline one of...

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In despair of Mexican shelter, migrants build a community

Sep. 18, 2019 6:56 PM 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...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Sudan's new PM meets with Egyptian president in Cairo

Sep. 18, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Wednesday met with Sudan's newly appointed prime minister before heading to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Abdalla Hamdok discussed bilateral relations, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidency. Ties between...

Niger seeks to step up oil production with pipeline to coast

Sep. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a project that Niger's president said will bolster the country's economic development. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,982 kilometer-long pipeline one of...

The Latest:

Sep. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe: (all times local): 8:55 p.m. The crew of a humanitarian rescue ship has pulled 73 migrants from an overcrowded rubber boat in the central Mediterranean Sea, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Libya. The boat in distress was spotted from...

Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression — and about his fate. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter...

Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

Sep. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has ordered a clampdown on those who head into the capital for weekly demonstrations. In a speech Wednesday at an army barracks in the south of the gas-rich nation, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said members of the military — or gendarmes — should arrest...

Congo's army says it kills militia leader wanted by the ICC

Sep. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed the commander of the Rwandan Hutu militia group FDLR who had been wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, a spokesman said Wednesday. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down overnight in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province,...

Nigerian women protest over apparent serial killings

Sep. 18, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Women in southern Nigeria marched in the streets on Wednesday to protest the deaths of several women in hotel rooms by what appears to be a serial killer. "Their killers must be found," the women chanted, many dressed in black for mourning, during the second day of protests in the...

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

Sep. 18, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia's capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia,...