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Tanzania opposition leader returns, 3 years after being shot

Jul. 27, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian opposition politician and presidential hopeful Tundu Lissu returned to the country on Monday, three years after being shot 16 times. The gunmen have never been found. Immediately upon his arrival at the international airport in Dar es Salaam, the former lawmaker...

Tanzanian opposition politician Zitto Kabwe, right, speaks at the national assembly in Dodoma, Tanzania Friday, May 5, 2017. With Tanzania facing an October 2020 election that contentious President John Magufuli hopes to win, Zitto Kabwe tells The Associated Press he's trying to unite the opposition behind one candidate for the best shot at an upset. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian opposition leader urges united front ahead of vote

Jul. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One opposition leader was shot 16 times and fled the country. Another had his leg broken by unknown assailants and his newspaper was shut down. A third, the country's most prominent, has been banned for a year from making so-called “seditious statements," or what others might...

President John Magufuli speaks at the national congress of his ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party in Dodoma, Tanzania Saturday, July 11, 2020. Tanzania's ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. (AP Photo)

Tanzania's ruling party nominates president to run again

Jul. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania’s ruling party on Saturday nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote. The unanimous decision by the Chama cha Mapinduzi party...

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye is inaugurated in Gitega, Burundi Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

Burundian refugees in Tanzania face new pressure to go home

Jul. 7, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundian refugees in Tanzania say they fear being forced to return to their country now that a new president has taken power and invited them home. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled during the bloody political turmoil that followed former President Pierre Nkurunziza’s...

In this image made from video taken Wednesday, June 24, 2020, miner Saniniu Laizer, right, hands over two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found to government officials, at a ceremony in Mererani, Tanzania Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The small-scale miner has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found, weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) and 11 pounds (5 kg), which the government bought for preservation for $3.4 million. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian miner is overnight millionaire with large gem find

Jun. 25, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after unearthing two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found. Tanzania's government bought the book-sized stones weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) and 11 pounds (5 kg) from miner Saniniu Laizer for $3.4 million....

Tanzanian opposition leader arrested as election approaches

Jun. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Police in Tanzania have arrested the leader of a prominent opposition party while he was meeting with supporters, a party official said Tuesday as pressure rises ahead of the national election in October. Zitto Kabwe was in police custody without clear charges against him, said the...

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...