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France starts supply bridge to help Tunisia cope with virus

Jul. 23, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France has established a “maritime bridge” to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to Tunisia, which is in the midst of one of Africa’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. In the past five days, France has flown 1.1 million vaccine doses to the North...

Over 200 African men cross from Morocco into Spain's Melilla

Jul. 22, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly...

17 migrants drown, 166 others rescued off Tunisian coast

Jul. 22, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 17 migrants from Bangladesh drowned and more than 300 were rescued by Tunisian and Libyan naval units after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, according to aid groups Thursday. Survivors said all those who died had been in the hold of...

For South Sudan mothers, COVID-19 shook a fragile foundation

Jul. 22, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Paska Itwari Beda knows hunger all too well. The young mother of five children — all under age 10 — sometimes survives on one bowl of porridge a day, and her entire family is lucky to scrape together a single daily meal, even with much of the money Beda makes...

For South Sudan mothers, COVID-19 shook a fragile foundation

Jul. 22, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Paska Itwari Beda knows hunger all too well. The young mother of five children — all of them under age 10 — sometimes survives on one bowl of porridge a day, and her entire family is lucky to scrape together a single daily meal, even with much of the money Beda...

Morocco denies using spyware to target French officials

Jul. 21, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s government is denying reports that the country's security forces may have used spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to eavesdrop on the cellphones of France’s president and other public figures. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor’s...

Tunisia's president orders military to manage virus crisis

Jul. 21, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president ordered the military Wednesday to take over managing the national COVID-19 pandemic response, as the country fights one of Africa’s worst outbreaks. The military health service will be assigned the task, Tunisian President...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

Jul. 21, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. ...

Macron among 14 heads of states on potential spyware list

Jul. 20, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron leads a list of 14 current or former heads of state who may have been targeted for hacking by clients of the notorious Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, Amnesty International said Tuesday. “The unprecedented revelation ......

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic's shadow

Jul. 20, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Muslims around the world were observing Tuesday yet another major Islamic holiday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” is...