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Explosion as Ethiopia's new, reformist prime minister speaks

Jun. 23, 2018 3:56 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An explosion disrupted a huge rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the crowd that had turned out in numbers unseen in recent years in the East African nation. An Associated Press reporter saw more than a dozen...

The Latest: Ethiopia rally blast 'well-orchestrated attack'

Jun. 23, 2018 4:19 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister is calling the deadly explosion that disrupted a huge rally of supporters a "well-orchestrated attack" but one that failed. A grim-faced Prime...

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

Jun. 22, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed Friday as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years. "This is simply because we have had enough of him," government...

African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park

Jun. 22, 2018 5:39 AM EDT

GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique (AP) — The African wild dogs are back. There are just 14 of them, far fewer than those that roamed Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park before the nearly two-decade civil war that started in the 1970s. As up to a million people lost their lives to violence and famine,...

US imposes visa bans on several unnamed Congo officials

Jun. 22, 2018 5:43 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States has announced visa bans on several senior Congolese officials and family members for their involvement in "significant corruption" related to Congo's electoral process. The State Department says it is not obligated to publicly reveal the identities of those targeted,...

Ethiopia unblocks more than 200 websites as reforms continue

Jun. 22, 2018 8:12 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says it has unblocked 246 websites and TV channels in the latest reform under its new prime minster, whose chief of staff says "freedom of expression is a foundational right." Chief of staff Fitsum Arega announced the news on Twitter as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed...

UN dismayed by reports of 220 migrants drowning off Libya

Jun. 22, 2018 4:56 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says survivors have reported that some 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in recent days and is expressing shock at the mass drownings. A statement by UNHCR released on Thursday said the migrants drowned in separate incidents earlier this week. The agency has...

Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Jun. 21, 2018 5:43 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year's highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a...

BBC: Former MSF staff accuse aid workers of sexual misdeeds

Jun. 21, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa, the BBC reported Thursday. One woman who spoke anonymously to the broadcaster said there were cases of "abuse of power" and...

Central African Republic minister says Becker passport fake

Jun. 22, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic's foreign minister says a reported diplomatic passport for Boris Becker appears to be a fake and the prosecutor general will investigate. The retired German tennis star claims that his role as Central African Republic's attache to the...

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The Latest: Ethiopia rally blast 'well-orchestrated attack'

Jun. 23, 2018 4:19 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister is calling the deadly explosion that disrupted a huge rally of supporters a "well-orchestrated attack" but one that failed. A grim-faced Prime...

Deadly explosion at rally was 'well-orchestrated attack,' Ethiopia's prime minister says

Jun. 23, 2018 4:11 AM EDT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Deadly explosion at rally was 'well-orchestrated attack,' Ethiopia's prime minister says.

Ethiopia's prime minister says 'a few people' are dead after blast at rally he was addressing

Jun. 23, 2018 3:58 AM EDT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister says 'a few people' are dead after blast at rally he was addressing.

Explosion as Ethiopia's new, reformist prime minister speaks

Jun. 23, 2018 3:56 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An explosion disrupted a huge rally for Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister on Saturday shortly after he spoke and was waving to the crowd that had turned out in numbers unseen in recent years in the East African nation. An Associated Press reporter saw more than a dozen...

Explosion at rally for Ethiopia's new prime minister; state broadcaster reports 'few' injured

Jun. 23, 2018 3:02 AM EDT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Explosion at rally for Ethiopia's new prime minister; state broadcaster reports 'few' injured.

Racist tropes in Ramadan TV satires anger black Arabs

Jun. 23, 2018 2:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an attempt to capitalize on what's become a ratings bonanza for Arabic satellite channels during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, two comedies struck the wrong chord with audiences when their lead actors appeared in blackface, a form of makeup that darkens the skin to...

Man convicted of escaping ICE custody at NYC airport

Jun. 22, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Senegalese man has been convicted of escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in New York's Kennedy International Airport. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn deliberated for about two hours on Friday before finding Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke guilty of the misdemeanor....

Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 7:46 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding...

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:13 a.m. Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance? The World Cup could take...

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and play each other Monday to determine who wins the group. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. GROUP B Morocco has been eliminated, leaving Portugal and...