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South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of the worst-hit areas of South Sudan's latest outbreak. "Every time I see the graves I feel like crying,"...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine detained in his house

Apr. 24, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A lawyer for Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine says the singer has been detained in his house on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. Medard Sseggona said Wednesday that Wine, a lawmaker who opposes Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni, is unable to leave his...

Kenyan court finds UK man guilty of possessing explosives

Apr. 24, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has found British national Jermaine Grant guilty of possessing bomb-making materials. Sentencing will be on May 9. Grant is already serving a nine-year sentence for forging immigration documents. Grant is believed to be part of an al-Shabab-linked cell that planned...

Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria

Apr. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease. Although the vaccine only protects about one-third of children who are immunized, those who get...

33 reported dead in South Africa flooding, mudslides

Apr. 23, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African media report that 33 people are dead from flooding and mudslides in the country's eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. State broadcaster SABC on Tuesday cites provincial authorities on the number of fatalities. The flooding has been caused by heavy rains that began on Monday....

UN: Libya fighting reaches facility holding migrants

Apr. 24, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The fighting in Libya's capital has reached a detention center holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees, the U.N. said Tuesday. Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, said the U.N. aid agency has received reports that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention...

German woman, parents-in-law indicted for aiding IS

Apr. 24, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've indicted a 21-year-old woman on suspicion of membership in the Islamic State group and of keeping three Yazidis as slaves in Syria. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the German-Algerian woman, identified as Sarah O. for privacy reasons, traveled to Syria...

Sudanese launch new protests to pressure military

Apr. 23, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese activists were holding nationwide protests on Tuesday to press the military to hand over power to a civilian authority after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month. Railway workers and other protesters traveled by train from Atbara, the northern...

Darfur justice could prove elusive despite al-Bashir's fall

Apr. 22, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, driven from power and now languishing in a prison where his opponents were once jailed and tortured, is more vulnerable than ever to a decade-old international arrest warrant for war crimes committed in Darfur. But the military, which forced him from...

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Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two former monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the sentences Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal. The two were...

UN: Libya fighting reaches facility holding migrants

Apr. 24, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The fighting in Libya's capital has reached a detention center holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees, the U.N. said Tuesday. Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, said the U.N. aid agency has received reports that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention...

Kenyan court finds UK man guilty of possessing explosives

Apr. 24, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has found British national Jermaine Grant guilty of possessing bomb-making materials. Sentencing will be on May 9. Grant is already serving a nine-year sentence for forging immigration documents. Grant is believed to be part of an al-Shabab-linked cell that planned...

Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine detained in his house

Apr. 24, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A lawyer for Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine says the singer has been detained in his house on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala. Medard Sseggona said Wednesday that Wine, a lawmaker who opposes Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni, is unable to leave his...

The Latest: Russian official calls for Libya cease-fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya, where armed groups are battling for control of the capital, Tripoli (all times local): 3 p.m. A top Russian diplomat has called on the self-styled Libyan National Army to cease fire and stop its advance on the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Asked if...

Beijing celebration of building binge overshadowed by debt

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A conference this week showcasing a Chinese initiative to help build ports, railways and other infrastructure in the developing world is casting a spotlight on complaints the projects leave some countries with too much debt. Asian and African leaders plan to press for relief from politically...

Egypt: Archaeologists uncover ancient tomb with mummies

Apr. 24, 2019 5:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered an ancient tomb with mummies believed to date back about 2,000 years in the southern city of Aswan. The Antiquities Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the tomb is from the Greco-Roman period, which began with Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. It...

South Sudan measles outbreak raises questions about vaccines

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

KUAJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Despondent, Akon Mathiong points to two small mounds of dirt where she buried her grandsons, 4 and 5 years old, last month. They died after contracting measles in one of the worst-hit areas of South Sudan's latest outbreak. "Every time I see the graves I feel like crying,"...

Future of Northwest e-recycler unclear after fraud sentences

Apr. 23, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The future of one of the Northwest's largest electronics recyclers is uncertain after a judge sentenced its founders to prison for what prosecutors described as the largest known fraud of its type in the nation: a seven-year scheme to ship dangerous waste to Hong Kong, rather than safely...