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House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Soldier killed in Niger ambush receives posthumous medal

Aug. 16, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a U.S. soldier killed during a 2017 ambush in the African nation of Niger has received his Silver Star Medal in South Florida. Maj. Gen. John Deedrick presented the award Friday evening to the family of Army Sgt. LaDavid Johnson during a ceremony at Miami Gardens City Hall....

German shipping firm: 8 crew seized by pirates off Cameroon

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German shipping company says pirates have abducted eight crew members from one of its vessels off the coast of West Africa. Shipping company MC-Schiffahrt said on its website that pirates attacked the MarMalaita late Wednesday while it was anchored off Douala, Cameroon. The Hamburg-based...

France honors African veterans of World War II landings

Aug. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's sometimes called "the forgotten D-Day," the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember it 75 years on — and especially, to honor the many soldiers from African sent from...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

Aug. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in Guinea linked to the West African country's late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva...

UN experts: Mali peace signatories failed to accelerate deal

Aug. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say signatories to a 2015 peace agreement in Mali failed to accelerate its implementation as promised amid growing rivalries and popular resentment against the deal as well as increasing attacks by militants in Mali and neighboring countries. The report to the Security...

FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to-treat patients

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators Wednesday approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries. It's the first TB drug from a nonprofit group, the TB Alliance. Formed to come up with better treatments, the...

Nigeria's Shia leader flies to India for medical treatment

Aug. 13, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The leader of Nigeria's Shia community, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife have flown to India for medical treatment after their temporary release from prison. Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and his wife had been in prison since 2015 when the military clamped...

UN probing 35 North Korean cyberattacks in 17 countries

Aug. 12, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country....

Israeli tycoon ordered to trial over alleged Guinea bribes

Aug. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say an Israeli billionaire has been ordered to stand trial on corruption and bribery charges allegedly involving a widow of Guinea's former president. Prosecutors in Geneva allege that diamond-mining magnate Beny Steinmetz and two other defendants paid $10 million in bribes...