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'Dark day': Congo rebels kill 2 health agents fighting Ebola

Oct. 20, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo's health minister called it a "dark day" for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army who had been assisting health officials. It appeared to be the first time health workers have been killed by rebels in...

Latest communal violence in central Nigeria kills 55

Oct. 20, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's government says 55 people have been killed in the latest eruption of communal violence in north-central Kaduna state. A spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the fighting that led to Thursday's killings in Kasuwan Magani and that "frequent resort to bloodshed by...

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Oct. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background. Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said Saturday that it will comply with the U.N. request...

Africa's youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

Oct. 20, 2018 5:57 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The man described as Africa's youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania's commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa. "I thank Allah that I have returned home safely,"...

South Africa highway crash kills at least 27, including kids

Oct. 20, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government says at least 27 people, including small children, have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province. The statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office says a minibus, truck and delivery vehicle crashed on Friday on a major highway between...

Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

Oct. 20, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April. Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent...

South African city set to seize land in national 'test case'

Oct. 19, 2018 6:03 AM EDT

EKURHULENI, South Africa (AP) — As South Africa's passionate debate over land redistribution grows, one city outside Johannesburg is preparing what the mayor calls a "test case" for the nation — the seizure of hundreds of acres of land from private owners, without paying for it, to build low-cost...

Kip Keino innocent but reputation has suffered, lawyer says

Oct. 19, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kip Keino's reputation has been damaged unfairly in the Kenyan Olympic corruption scandal, his lawyer said Friday as he pushes for charges against the running great to be dropped. Lawyer Cecil Miller said he "very much" believes that the charges will be dropped and Keino will instead...

EU drug agency urges approval for dengue vaccine

Oct. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving the first vaccine for dengue despite concerns about the vaccine's wide use and a lawsuit in the Philippines alleging that it was linked to three deaths. The European Medicines Agency said Friday it had adopted a "positive opinion" of French...

Rwanda names 50 percent female Cabinet, following Ethiopia

Oct. 19, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two days after Ethiopia announced one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets with 50 percent women, Rwanda has done the same. The East African nation late Thursday announced that women now make up half of the slimmed-down, 26-seat Cabinet. Rwanda joins a handful of countries,...

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Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Oct. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background. Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said Saturday that it will comply with the U.N. request...

'Dark day': Congo rebels kill 2 health agents fighting Ebola

Oct. 20, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo's health minister called it a "dark day" for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army who had been assisting health officials. It appeared to be the first time health workers have been killed by rebels in...

'Dark day' as Congolese rebels kill 2 health agents fighting deadly Ebola outbreak, health minister says

Oct. 20, 2018 5:44 PM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — 'Dark day' as Congolese rebels kill 2 health agents fighting deadly Ebola outbreak, health minister says.

Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup

Oct. 20, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from Tunisia on Saturday. Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal...

Latest communal violence in central Nigeria kills 55

Oct. 20, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nigeria's government says 55 people have been killed in the latest eruption of communal violence in north-central Kaduna state. A spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the fighting that led to Thursday's killings in Kasuwan Magani and that "frequent resort to bloodshed by...

Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

Oct. 20, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April. Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent...

South Africa highway crash kills at least 27, including kids

Oct. 20, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government says at least 27 people, including small children, have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province. The statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office says a minibus, truck and delivery vehicle crashed on Friday on a major highway between...

Africa's youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

Oct. 20, 2018 5:57 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The man described as Africa's youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania's commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa. "I thank Allah that I have returned home safely,"...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2018. There are 72 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney...

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

Oct. 19, 2018 10:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that...