Latest East Africa News

21 die when bus heading to wedding swept into river in Kenya

Dec. 04, 2021 10:47 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 21 people died after a bus carrying choir members to a wedding plunged into a river in Kenya on Saturday, police said. Mwingi East Sub-County Police Commander Joseph Yakan said the driver tried to steer the bus past a flooded bridge, but...

UN renews anti-piracy ships off Somalia for only 3 months

Dec. 03, 2021 21:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to allow international naval forces to continue using all necessary means to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia — but only for the next three months because the Somali government says there has been no piracy...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022

Dec. 02, 2021 00:10 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations is predicting that a record 274 million people – who together would amount to the world’s fourth most-populous country – will require emergency humanitarian aid next year in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen which face a...

UN chief says aid and flights resuming to Ethiopia's Tigray

Dec. 01, 2021 20:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. chief had a piece of good news Wednesday in the midst of Ethiopia’s year-long war against forces from the Tigray region: 157 trucks with food and humanitarian aid arrived in Tigray’s capital for the first time in more than six weeks and another aid convoy...

Ugandan soldiers enter Congo to fight extremist ADF rebels

Dec. 01, 2021 12:55 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda deployed foot soldiers inside Congolese territory, intensifying a military assault against rebels accused of attacking civilians in Congo and Uganda, according to a Ugandan military official. An unknown number of Ugandan infantry troops...

China calls on citizens to leave eastern Congo after attacks

Dec. 01, 2021 04:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday urged its citizens to leave three provinces in eastern Congo as violence intensifies in the mineral-rich region. A posting from the Chinese Embassy in Kinshasa on the WeChat online messaging said a number of Chinese citizens had been...

Brazil and Japan report first cases of the omicron variant

Nov. 30, 2021 19:22 PM EST

Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands' RIVM health...

Uganda launches joint strikes in Congo against ADF rebels

Nov. 30, 2021 06:33 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Uganda’s army has launched joint air and artillery strikes against the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group in eastern Congo. The attacks were carried out with Congo’s military against ADF camps, Uganda People’s Defense Forces spokeswoman...

Cambodia bars entry to travelers from 10 African countries

Nov. 30, 2021 05:57 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has barred entry to travelers from 10 African countries, citing the threat from the new omicron coronavirus variant. The move, announced in a Health Ministry statement issued late Monday, came just two weeks after Cambodia reopened...