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Correction: AF-Obit-Robert-Mugabe story

Sep. 9, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about the death of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mugabe was "the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia." In fact, a white minority government in what was then known as...

The Latest: UN chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

Sep. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (all times local): 9:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Robert Mugabe's "role in securing the independence of Zimbabwe and the fight against apartheid are key parts of his legacy." According to U.N....

Citizenship list in Indian state leaves out almost 2 million

Aug. 31, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly 2 million people from the east Indian state of Assam were excluded Saturday from a final citizenship list that is intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants, amid fears they could be rendered stateless. A total of 31.1 million people were included on the...

Amnesty: Egypt should investigate death of inmate

Aug. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The rights group Amnesty International is urging Egyptian authorities to carry out an impartial investigation into the death of an inmate at Egypt's most notorious prison amid torture allegations. The London-based group said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Hossam Hamed was found dead...

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Aug. 23, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call "the lungs of...

EU to move evacuated migrants from Italy; 350 still at sea

Aug. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The first steps to relocate migrants who were kept at sea by Italy for nearly three weeks began on Wednesday as a new crisis loomed with more than 350 rescued people still on board a rescue ship in high seas. The Ocean Viking, which is operated by the Doctors without Borders and SOS...

Zimbabwe's police beat anti-government protesters in capital

Aug. 16, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police used tear gas, arrests and beatings Friday to quell anti-government protests in the capital, Harare. Seven people were injured, including one in critical condition, and 80 people were arrested, said Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change...

The Latest: Protesters, police clash in Zimbabwe's capital

Aug. 16, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's anti-government demonstration (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Police are clashing with a few hundred anti-government protesters who gathered in central Harare. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd at Africa Unity Square but many protesters moved into...

Amnesty urges Sudan's military to extradite ousted al-Bashir

Aug. 16, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Sudan's military rulers to hand over longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict. Amnesty's statement on Friday — just two days before al-Bashir is to go on...

Police patrol Zimbabwe capital before anti-government demos

Aug. 15, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been abducted...