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Tunisia: Media mogul's arrest rocks presidential race

Aug. 24, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The arrest of a Tunisian media magnate who's a leading presidential candidate is rattling this country's young democracy and throwing the campaign into uncertainty. Supporters of tycoon Nabil Karoui said Satrday that he's being targeted for political reasons ahead of the Sept. 15...

Corruption trial for Sudan's ex-president adjourns

Aug. 24, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of Sudan's autocratic former president Omar al-Bashir on corruption and money laundering charges was adjourned for one week following testimony from several witnesses Saturday. Al-Bashir, who appeared in court in a cage, was ousted by the military in April after months of mass...

Amnesty: Egypt should investigate death of inmate

Aug. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The rights group Amnesty International is urging Egyptian authorities to carry out an impartial investigation into the death of an inmate at Egypt's most notorious prison amid torture allegations. The London-based group said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Hossam Hamed was found dead...

Leading presidential contender arrested in Tunisia

Aug. 23, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A leading presidential candidate in Tunisia has been arrested and jailed on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering. Media mogul Nabil Karoui's Nessma television station announced the Friday arrest, along with Tunisia's Interior Ministry. Karoui was detained in the...

The Latest: Greece resuming migrant deportations to Turkey

Aug. 23, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the plight of migrants arriving in Europe (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Greece says it is resuming deportations of migrants to Turkey in an effort to address an increase in arrivals over the summer months that have worsened overcrowding at camps on Greek islands. Giorgos...

As Malta disembarks migrants more charity-govt clashes loom

Aug. 23, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Pledges by six European countries to accept over 350 migrants from a rescue ship in the central Mediterranean on Friday capped weeks of standoffs between charities and governments that have dramatically exposed Europe's inability to deal with sea migration from Africa. The tension is likely...

5 die in stampede ahead of Algiers rap concert, probe opened

Aug. 23, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the cause of a stampede ahead of a rapper's concert at an Algiers sports stadium that left five youths dead, including a 13-year-old. The prosecutor's office in Sidi M'Hamed said in a statement on Friday that an inquiry to determine the...

Extracted eggs may stop extinction of northern white rhino

Aug. 23, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — Wildlife experts and veterinarians said Friday there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species. The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate. The...

Weekslong migrant standoffs in Med becoming 'new normal'

Aug. 22, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A rescue ship carrying 356 people, mostly Africans, rescued in the Mediterranean off Libya is nearing two weeks at sea without being assigned a safe port to offload its traumatized passengers — a situation one charity worker decried as "the new normal" as Europe fails to devise a...

The Latest: Portugal offers to take 35 people from Med. ship

Aug. 22, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6;55 p.m. Portugal is offering to take 35 people from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, following an appeal by the European Commission. The Portuguese government said in a statement Thursday that France, Germany, Romania and Luxembourg are...