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Women share a light moment while attending a social gathering in a poor neighbourhood in Mbare, Harare, Friday, Sept,18, 2020. As Zimbabwe's coronavirus infections decline, strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious, which has invited complacency. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Africa

Sep. 26, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Satta Sheriff, Young Leader for the SDGs and Founder and Executive Director of Action for Justice and Human Rights, Liberia, participates in the high-level virtual panel entitled

COVID-19 can't crush human rights, UN gathering declares

Sep. 25, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a diminished spotlight because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading human rights defenders on Friday urged people in these fractured times to connect through politics — and vote, too. “In many places around the world, participation is being denied and civic space is being...

Paul Rusesabagina, center, whose story inspired the film

'Hotel Rwanda' hero admits backing rebels, denies violence

Sep. 25, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The man portrayed as a hero in the movie “Hotel Rwanda” has admitted in court that he backed a rebel group, but denied that he supported any violence or killings. Paul Rusesabagina, in a pink prison uniform for his bail hearing on Friday, told the court in Kigali, the...

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, right, is sworn into the office of transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, left, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup, is sworn into the office of transitional vice president, at a ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

Mali swears in transitional president and vice president

Sep. 25, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation. The induction ceremony in the capital, Bamako, took place as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc,...

African court says ex-Ivory Coast leader should be candidate

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights said Friday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should not be excluded from the list of candidates for the West African country’s Oct. 31 election. The Arusha-based court issued an order in which it...

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

Sep. 25, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 120 months of prison on blasphemy charges, even volunteering to serve part of the boy's sentence. Piotr Cywinski wrote to Nigerian President Muhammadu...

In this image made from UNTV video, Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d'Ivoire, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for dramatic fiscal measures to help economies survive the coronavirus pandemic — which one leader called the “fifth horseman of the...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics

Sep. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

At the United Nations this week, Kenya's president lamented the loss of animal species and called for measures to combat climate change. Slovenia's president spoke of eliminating land mines, legacies of bygone wars that still maim and kill. And leaders of Iran, Cuba and Libya asked for a lifting of sanctions,...

FILE- A cargo ship approaches the port of Piraeus as other ships are anchored, near Athens, Greece in this May 26, 2020 file photo. The United Nations is trying to figure out how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners trapped at sea because of COVID-19 virus restrictions that they face when they get home. Describing the desperation of seafarers who've been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their case Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at a U.N.-organized meeting with shipping executives and government transport officials.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

Sep. 24, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions. Describing the mounting desperation of seafarers who have been afloat for a year or more, Captain Hedi Marzougui pleaded their...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, European Council President Charles Michel speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Evan Schneider/UN Photo via AP)

Under virus strain, Europe's leaders plead at UN for unity

Sep. 25, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic and told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the time has come for countries to reinvent international cooperation. This year’s unusual work-from-home General...

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Women share a light moment while attending a social gathering in a poor neighbourhood in Mbare, Harare, Friday, Sept,18, 2020. As Zimbabwe's coronavirus infections decline, strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased so much that many people see no need to be cautious, which has invited complacency. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Progress against virus brings complacency in parts of Africa

Sep. 26, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe’s coronavirus infections on the decline, schools are reopening, along with churches, bars, restaurants, airports and tourist attractions. Strict lockdowns designed to curb the disease are being replaced by a return to relatively normal life. The threat has eased...

FILE -- In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, fighters of the Libyan forces affiliated to the Tripoli government rest and reload weapons during an offensive against Islamic State militants, in Sirte, Libya. The warring parties in Libya and their international backers — the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar — violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Russia, China block release of UN report criticizing Russia

Sep. 25, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China blocked the official release of a report by U.N. experts on Libya that accused its warring parties and their international backers -- including Russia -- of violating a U.N. arms embargo on the conflict-wracked country, U.N. diplomats said Friday. Germany’s...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Sep. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:25 a.m. Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The Games this year were postponed because...

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

Sep. 25, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egyptian police dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province on Friday and arrested 10 demonstrators, a security official said. The development — an unusual show of defiance in a country that has moved to stamp out...

FILE -In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo the sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.  Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country. (AP Photo/Renata Brito, File)

UN: At least 16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

Sep. 25, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — At least 16 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency reported Friday, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted...

African court says ex-Ivory Coast leader should be candidate

Sep. 25, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights said Friday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should not be excluded from the list of candidates for the West African country’s Oct. 31 election. The Arusha-based court issued an order in which it...

Embezzlement, sham marriage charges get city treasurer fired

Sep. 25, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The treasurer of Philadelphia was fired Friday after federal prosecutors charged him with embezzling money from customers at a bank where he previously worked and entering into a sham marriage to win U.S. citizenship. Mayor Jim Kenney noted that the allegations against Christian Dunbar...

Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

Sep. 25, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Police at Cairo’s international airport arrested an Egyptian man returning from France on Friday with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates, according to airport authorities. Egyptian customs officials found 620 tablets of Tramadol, the...

In this undated photo issued by the PDSA, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals,  Cambodian landmine detection rat, Magawa is photographed wearing his PDSA Gold Medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross, in Siem, Cambodia. A British animal charity has on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, for the first time awarded its top civilian honor to a rat, recognizing the rodent for his

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

Sep. 25, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A rat has for the first time won a British charity's top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the PDSA’s Gold Medal for his "lifesaving bravery and devotion”...

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

Sep. 25, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced to 120 months of prison on blasphemy charges, even volunteering to serve part of the boy's sentence. Piotr Cywinski wrote to Nigerian President Muhammadu...