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US service member dies in non-combat incident in Djibouti

Feb. 14, 2020 7:01 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Pentagon has released the identity of a U.S. soldier who was killed Thursday in a non-combat-related incident in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. A spokesperson says Pfc. Walter Lewark, 26, from Mountainair, New Mexico, died Thursday at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The incident...

In this July 14, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, an Ethiopian farmer and other migrants he met along the way, take shelter inside a damaged shipping container on the side of a highway, near Lac Assal, Djibouti. Over the past three years, the IOM reported 9,000 Ethiopians were deported each month. Many migrants have made the journey multiple times in what has become an unending loop of arrivals and deportations. Eissa is among them. This is his third trip to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Migrants cross Yemen war zone to find work in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. He whispered it every time he felt like giving up. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing grows here. Birds are...

In this July 25, 2019 photo, Ethiopian Tigray migrants stand in line as they are counted by smugglers after arriving to the coastal village of Ras al-Ara from Djibouti, in Lahj, Yemen. According to the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration the number of women making the trip jumped from nearly 15,000 in 2018 to more than 22,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Determined: Ethiopian female migrants risk all for Saudi

Feb. 14, 2020 6:14 AM EST

They are among the most vulnerable of the tens of thousands of migrants making the long and perilous trek from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia in search of jobs: Women and girls as young as 13. They endure hunger and exhaustion walking through deserts, the dangers of a sea crossing and, often, rape and torture at the...

In this July 12, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, second left, walks on a highway with boys he met on the way, around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Djibouti. Eissa had left behind his wife, nine sons and a daughter. His wife cares for his elderly father. The children work the farm growing vegetables, but harvests are unpredictable:

Ethiopians face deserts and smugglers on the way to Saudi

Feb. 14, 2020 12:24 AM EST

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. He whispered it every time he felt like giving up. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing grows here. Birds are...

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang...

DP World wins ruling against Djibouti over seized port

Jan. 14, 2020 5:06 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — DP World said Tuesday it has won another arbitration ruling against Djibouti over the African country's seizure of a container terminal managed by the Dubai-based global port operator. The company said a London tribunal ordered Djibouti to restore its rights and benefits...

China's foreign minister arrives in Zimbabwe on Africa tour

Jan. 11, 2020 3:56 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — China’s foreign minister has arrived in Zimbabwe Saturday as part of a five-nation tour of Africa that seeks to promote the Asian giant's economic and political interests on the continent. Wang Yi is set to visit a Zimbabwe tobacco farm and meet with President Emmerson...

People hold placards protesting against a troop dispatch to Middle East outside the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to contribute to the peace and stability in the area and ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil, a mission crucial to an energy-poor country that heavily depends on oil imports from the region. The placard at left reads:

Japan OKs divisive plan to send naval troops to Mideast

Dec. 27, 2019 2:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region. The Cabinet's decision reflects tensions that have escalated between Iran...