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Stadium stampede in Madagascar's capital kills 15, wounds 80

Jun. 26, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A stampede at a concert in Madagascar's capital by a popular singer killed at least 15 people Wednesday night. Just before the start of an appearance of the artist Rossy, the crowds surged causing the deaths from trampling, said the national police. Some 80 people were...

Kenya court stops building of coal plant in heritage site

Jun. 26, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan environmental tribunal Wednesday blocked the construction of a government-backed coal power plant in Lamu County, which hosts a UNESCO world heritage site. Environmental rights activists celebrated the decision inside and outside the court. Environmental groups had challenged...

Opposition leader: Ethiopia, AU join forces in Sudan efforts

Jun. 26, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A leading Sudanese opposition figure said on Wednesday the African Union and Ethiopia will present a new and joint proposal for a solution to the crisis in Sudan, as they renew efforts to bring the ruling generals and protest leaders back to the negotiating table. In recent weeks,...

Ethiopia: 37 killed in another region after coup attempt

Jun. 26, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Thirty-seven people were killed in an attack Sunday in Ethiopia's Benishangul-Gumuz region, the governor said Wednesday. Benishangul-Gumuz borders the Amhara region, where authorities foiled a deadly attempt to oust the regional government on Saturday. Three officials,...

UN says thousands flee Congo violence, seek asylum in Uganda

Jun. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — About 7,500 Congolese fleeing violence have arrived in Uganda since the beginning of June, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, urging the international community to give more toward humanitarian efforts. People are leaving Congo at a rate of 311 a day, adding pressure on...

Ethiopian leader sobs at service for slain military chief

Jun. 25, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sobbed openly at a service Tuesday for the country's military chief who was assassinated by his bodyguard over the weekend. Abiy's sweeping reforms since his election last year have been threatened by two violent attacks on Saturday in which...

5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

Jun. 24, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday. Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protective enclosures and will eventually be introduced...

Sudan's military sidesteps proposal for civilian rule

Jun. 24, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military rulers refused to agree on Monday to the Ethiopian proposal for a power-sharing agreement with the country's pro-democracy movement, a top general said, in comments that could worsen a volatile standoff with the protesters. Ethiopia has led diplomatic efforts to...

Plotter of failed Ethiopia coup killed, 182 others arrested

Jun. 24, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian army general accused of leading a failed coup in a restive northern region was killed Monday in a firefight with security forces amid a security crackdown in which more than 180 others have been arrested. Brig. Gen. Asamnew Tsige was killed on the outskirts of...

Ethiopia's prime minister says the army brigadier accused of plotting a failed coup has been killed by security forces.

Jun. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EDT
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister says the army brigadier accused of plotting a failed coup has been killed by security forces.