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In this photo taken Thursday, June 11, 2020, Martin Okello looks out of the window in the house he shares with other Ugandan LGBT refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. He and other members of the LGBT community in East Africa face discrimination that has forced many to flee their home countries for Kenya, which has become a haven for them. It is the only East African nation where someone can seek asylum and be registered as a refugee based on their LGBT status. Yet even in Kenya, they can be encounter discrimination and violence, and the country still criminalizes gay sex. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

LGBT refugees find a haven in Kenya despite persecution

Jun. 20, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When he was attacked by a mob for being gay, Martin Okello said the kicks and blows from his assailants came so fast that he couldn't stop them or flee. He passed out and was left for dead in Nairobi's low-income neighborhood of Kawangware. Okello had fled to Kenya from his native...

FLE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, cheering students surround a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, as it is removed from the campus at the Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe to pull down monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers are now following Africa's lead. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Pulling down statues of racists? Africa's done it for years

Jun. 12, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racist relics had to go. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe are now following...

George Floyd's funeral procession arrives at Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Pearland, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: George Floyd's casket taken inside mausoleum

Jun. 9, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — `He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for George Floyd. — New York passes bill to unveil police discipline records. — Officials back off removing temporary fencing at White House. — Portland mayor to redirect $7 million from police budget to other...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018 file photo, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza speaks to the media after casting his vote in the constitutional referendum in Buye, northern Burundi. Burundi's government said Tuesday, June 9, 2020, that President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)

Burundi says president Nkurunziza has died of heart attack

Jun. 9, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack at age 56, the government announced Tuesday, ending a 15-year-rule marked by deadly political violence and a historic withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The statement posted on social media said the...

A man wearing chains joins a protest rally in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 8, 2020. The protest in support of Black Lives Matter was called by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa, Kenya protest cop brutality in US and at home

Jun. 8, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protests against police brutality were held in South Africa and Kenya on Monday, with demonstrators who came out to denounce George Floyd's killing in the U.S. charging that they are also suffering abuses by their own authorities. South Africa's leftist opposition party, the Economic...

In this photo taken Thursday, June 4, 2020, Margaret Awino, 54, who lost her job after 15 years as a cleaner for a charity, prepares raw chicken that she bought to fry in the street to earn some income, in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. Factories and stores are reopening and economies are reawakening but many jobs just aren't coming back - that's the harsh truth facing workers laid off because of the coronavirus around the U.S. and the world. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

Despite global reopening push, some jobs are gone for good

Jun. 5, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Factories and stores are reopening, economies are reawakening – but many jobs just aren’t coming back. That’s the harsh truth facing workers laid off around the world, from restaurants in Thailand to car factories in France, whose livelihoods fell victim to a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo a Maasai man, who said he had seen videos on Facebook about protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, jumps next to a new mural painted this week showing Floyd with the Swahili word

George Floyd’s death an American tragedy with global echoes

Jun. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world’s streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Rev. Paul Machira preaches and sings to residents in an apartment block in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The Kenyan pastor has taken his church service for children on the road due to coronavirus restrictions and preaches from parking lots outside apartment buildings while kids and their parents dance on balconies above. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid pandemic

May. 23, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

KIAMBU, Kenya (AP) — A groovy rendition of “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands” blasts from speakers outside an apartment block in the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Children, some in diapers, dance on the balconies above, accompanied by their parents, to the tunes bellowed out by...

Security officers, one wearing a mask, walk in front of the Supreme Court, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

High court allows bigger award in 1998 embassy bombings case

May. 18, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

The Supreme Court is allowing a bigger award of money to victims of the 1998 bombings by al-Qaida of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Despite the court’s ruling, however, the victims may only ever collect a fraction of the billions of dollars a lower court awarded. The...