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Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent

Aug. 16, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a second five-year term in the turbulent West African nation with more than 67 percent of the vote in a runoff election, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said Thursday. Opposition leader Soumaila Cisse received over 32 percent of the...

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

Aug. 16, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights, with the Trump administration's separation of families at U.S. borders "one of the worst atrocities" seen in a long time. "The...

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

Aug. 16, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. The arrest of lawmaker...

One of world's top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

Aug. 16, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of the world's largest urban forests is under threat from a tiny beetle. The polyphagous shot hole borer is thought to have made its way to Johannesburg from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the trade in plant materials. Trudy Paap, a forest pathologist at the University...

Zimbabwe court to hear opposition election challenge Aug. 22

Aug. 16, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition say the Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's challenge to the presidential election results on Aug. 22. Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa narrowly lost to President Emmerson Mnangagwa but Chamisa's party alleges "gross mathematical...

Congo: International arrest warrant for opposition's Katumbi

Aug. 16, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government says it has issued an international arrest warrant for opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who has been in exile since 2016. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said Thursday that the warrant was issued to several African and European countries. Katumbi tried to...

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

Aug. 15, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone. And they had a message, deputy mayor Moustapha Sawadogo said: "All...

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

Aug. 15, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past." Kumi Naidoo, a South African-born former...

Report: Boat sinks on Nile River in Sudan, killing 22 people

Aug. 15, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat sank on Wednesday while crossing the Nile River in Sudan and at least 22 people drowned, including 21 students and a woman, the country's state news agency reported. The boat was carrying more than 40 students on their way to school in the northern River Nile state, SUNA said. The...

Official: British PM to visit Kenya in first visit to Africa

Aug. 15, 2018 4:43 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's foreign minister says British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit the country at the end of the month, in her first visit to Africa since becoming head of the U.K. government in July 2016. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma said Wednesday during a media briefing...

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Today in History

Aug. 19, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2018. There are 134 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 19, 2004, Google began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34. On this date: In A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome's first emperor, died at...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Annan's legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on

Aug. 18, 2018 8:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

Aug. 18, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Streets were hushed as the West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post. President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered flags to fly at half-staff for a week while trying to...

Egypt president ratifies law imposing internet controls

Aug. 18, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups say paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published Saturday in the country's official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of websites that publish content considered a...

1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital

Aug. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An emergency response chief says one person is dead and six are injured after Friday's collapse of a four-story building in Nigeria's capital. Mustapha Maihaja with the National Emergency Management Agency says one of the injured is in critical condition after the shopping complex...

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday. The killing of al-Asiri deals a...

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

Aug. 17, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court. Soumaila Cisse held a news conference to...

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

Aug. 17, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's al-Qaida branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — considered the terror group's most dangerous branch...