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In this image made from video, Saninu Laizer, a small scale miner, holds a six kilograms (13 pounds) tanzanite stone he dug up in Mererani, Tanzania, Monday Aug. 3, 2020. Saninu Laizer who had become an overnight millionaire over a month ago when he unearthed two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found has struck it rich again, digging up a third stone weighing 6 kilograms (13 pounds) with an estimated value of $2 million. The first two stones have an estimated value of $3.4 million. (AP Photo)

Tanzanian miner strikes it rich again with huge gem find

Aug. 5, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A small-scale miner in Tanzania who had become an overnight millionaire over a month ago when he unearthed two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found has struck it rich again, digging up a third stone weighing 6 kilograms (13 pounds) with an estimated value of $2 million....

The annual migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara national reserve in Kenya is seen from a drone in the Maasai Mara Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Travel restrictions kept tourists away for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration in Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve and only a handful of guides and park wardens were there to watch thousands of wildebeest make their famous trek in search of new grazing pastures(AP Photo/Joe Mwihia)

Virus keeps tourists from Africa's great wildlife migration

Aug. 5, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

MAASAI MARA, Kenya (AP) — One of nature's most spectacular sights, East Africa's great wildebeest migration, went largely unwatched this year as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are felt as far as the continent's wilderness. Travel restrictions kept tourists away for the annual wildlife migration in...

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, walks by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, prior to a group photo of NATO leaders during a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. France has avoided echoing Trump’s criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus, but legislators applauded Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian last week when he condemned abuses of minority Uighurs in China’s northwest. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, FIle)

US-China spats rattle world, prompting calls for unity

Jul. 28, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of “Cold War 2.0” and Kenya’s president to appeal for unity to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Global trade already was depressed by the...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait to cross an intersection in Beijing, Saturday, July 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported several dozen new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a few who caught the virus abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

Jul. 27, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. The capital Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks, while the northeastern province of Liaoning added another six cases in its local...

Somalia sees internet blackout after prime minister ousted

Jul. 27, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An internet blackout across large parts of southern and central Somalia ended Monday after what critics called an attempt by the government to control information amid fears of political fallout after the prime minister was ousted over the weekend. Parliament on Saturday booted Hassan...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, Jon Ossoff speaks to the media and supporters after he qualified to run in the Senate race against Republican Sen. David Perdue in Atlanta. The Democratic Senate candidate is in isolation as is his wife, who contracted COVID-19, Ossoff confirmed Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Latest: Ga. Democratic Senate candidate's wife has virus

Jul. 25, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA -- Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff says he's in isolation with his wife, who contracted COVID-19. The 33-year-old candidate said his wife, Dr. Alisha Kramer, has mild coronavirus symptoms and that he’s showing symptoms, too. He said he was tested Saturday and is awaiting results...

Traditional birth attendant Emily Owino, left, prepares to help Veronica Atieno, right, deliver her baby in Emily's one-room house during a dusk-to-dawn curfew, late at night in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, May 28, 2020. Kenya already had one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and though data are not yet available on the effects of the curfew aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, experts believe the number of women and babies who die in childbirth has increased significantly since it was imposed mid-March. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Pregnant women at risk of death in Kenya's COVID-19 curfew

Jul. 25, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Veronica Atieno remembers feeling her way through the dark alleys between the shacks that make up Nairobi’s slums, picking her way past raw sewage and rusty, razor-sharp metal roofing with trepidation. Her labor pains had crescendoed during Kenya’s coronavirus...

Today in History

Jul. 25, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 25, the 207th day of 2020. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank. On this date: In 1814, the Battle of...

FILE  - In this Jan. 26, 1974 file photo, Ben Jipcho of Kenya, left and John Davies of Wales take a hurdle during the Steeplechase Final at the Tenth Commonwealth Games, in Christchurch, New Zealand which Jipcho won. Jipcho has died at the age off 77, it was reported on Friday, July 24, 2020.  Jipcho was famous for being the runner who sacrificed his own hopes of a medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American and heavy favorite Jim Ryun to the gold medal in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. (AP Photo, File)

Ben Jipcho, the 'rabbit' who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies

Jul. 24, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

Ben Jipcho, a Kenyan runner who sacrificed his hopes of winning a medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun in the 1,500 meters, died Friday. He was 77. The Kenyan track federation said Jipcho died early Friday morning and called him one of the...

South Sudan activist flees to US, says Kiir wanted him dead

Jul. 24, 2020 4:54 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A prominent South Sudanese activist has fled to the United States with the help of the U.S. government, which issued emergency visas to him and his family after he said South Sudan’s president ordered him abducted or killed. Peter Biar Ajak arrived in Washington late Thursday...