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Extremists attack army base in southern Mogadishu; 5 killed

Aug. 14, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali military officers say at least four soldiers and a photographer embedded with the army were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on an army base in the town of Awdhegle, southwest of the capital. Gen. Yusuf Rage, commander of the Somali infantry division, said that...

Ex-Mozambican finance minister remains in South African jail

Aug. 13, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang will remain in a South African jail until October when a South African High Court will hear the case to extradite him to the U.S. Chang was arrested in South Africa in December last year on the request of U.S. prosecutors who alleged that...

Federal New York lockup draws new scrutiny in Epstein death

Aug. 12, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country. Epstein's death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail's parent...

Tanzanian police say 62 killed when siphoned tanker explodes

Aug. 10, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it Saturday, killing at least 62 in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the East African country. Tanzanian state broadcaster TBC, citing police figures, said at least 70...

Police say at least 57 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in eastern Tanzania town

Aug. 10, 2019 4:25 AM EDT
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Police say at least 57 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in eastern Tanzania town.

Rights group says Eritrea high schools center of repression

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's secondary schools are at the center of the government's efforts to control the population, a human rights organization charged on Friday. In a new report, "They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people's rights, access...

Kenyan lawmaker and her baby ousted from parliament session

Aug. 8, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some Kenyan lawmakers are protesting a decision by the temporary speaker of parliament's lower house to eject their colleague who was holding her young child during a session of the legislature. Zuleikha Hassan was ejected from the floor of the National Assembly on Wednesday with her...

Rwanda, Congo restrict unnecessary border travel amid Ebola

Aug. 7, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda and Congo are discouraging travel across their border to prevent further spread of the highly contagious Ebola virus. Travel restrictions are part of measures taken by Rwandan and Congolese health officials who met in Rwanda. People traveling across the border for non-essential...

Today in History

Aug. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2019. There are 146 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 7, 1998, terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. On this date: In 1782, Gen. George Washington created the...

All 4 defending champions returning for NYC Marathon

Aug. 6, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All four defending champions are returning for the New York City Marathon. Mary Keitany, Lelisa Desisa, Manuela Schar and Daniel Romanchuk will compete in the marathon on Nov. 3. The New York Road Runners also announced Tuesday that U.S. Olympians Des Linden and Jared Ward will highlight...