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3 killed by al-Shabab extremists in bus attack in Kenya

Feb. 19, 2020 8:11 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. Haji Abass said Wednesday that the bus belonging to his company, Moyale Raha, was heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from...

In this July 14, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, an Ethiopian farmer and other migrants he met along the way, take shelter inside a damaged shipping container on the side of a highway, near Lac Assal, Djibouti. Over the past three years, the IOM reported 9,000 Ethiopians were deported each month. Many migrants have made the journey multiple times in what has become an unending loop of arrivals and deportations. Eissa is among them. This is his third trip to Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Migrants cross Yemen war zone to find work in Saudi Arabia

Feb. 14, 2020 4:47 PM EST

LAC ASSAL, Djibouti (AP) — “Patience,” Mohammed Eissa told himself. He whispered it every time he felt like giving up. The sun was brutal, reflecting off the thick layer of salt encrusting the barren earth around Lac Assal, a lake 10 times saltier than the ocean. Nothing grows here. Birds are...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday May, 30, 2018, a member of the Army stand guard at the entrance of the headquarters of a new five-nation West African counter terror force, in Mali. As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)

US military downgrades efforts against extremists in Sahel

Feb. 12, 2020 8:29 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military has switched from trying to degrade Islamic extremist groups in West Africa’s sprawling Sahel region to merely trying to contain them as their deadly threat increases, a new U.S. government report says. The quarterly report by the inspectors general for the...

Leaders of Somalia, breakaway Somaliland meet for first time

Feb. 12, 2020 7:20 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The current leaders of Somalia and the breakaway territory of Somaliland have met for the first time in the latest diplomatic effort by Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. Somali presidential spokesman Abdinur Mohamed confirmed Tuesday’s meeting to...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, a young desert locust that has not yet grown wings is stuck in a spider's web on a thorny bush in the desert near Garowe, in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia. The desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa, but the hopping young locusts are the next wave in the outbreak that threatens more than 10 million people across the region with a severe hunger crisis. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

"Where it begins": Young hungry locusts bulk up in Somalia

Feb. 9, 2020 11:00 AM EST

GAROWE, Somalia (AP) — At a glance, the desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years. But their time will come. Small and wingless, the hopping young locusts are the...

Michigan man linked to Islamic State pleads guilty

Jan. 30, 2020 2:43 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making plans to leave the U.S. to fight for the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Thursday to a conspiracy charge. Mohamud Muse, of Lansing, acknowledged that he made a video pledging loyalty to IS and had planned to travel to Somalia at some point in...

A farmer looks back as she walks through swarms of desert locusts feeding on her crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, countries that haven't seen such numbers in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Jan. 25, 2020 10:52 AM EST

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. The U.S. Africa Command, signaling concern over the Pentagon's potential cuts, has emphasized the Somalia-based al-Shabab as a threat to the U.S. homeland, in intent if not yet in capability _ and warning that neither China nor Russia is doing much to counter Africa's extremist groups. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

AP Explains: Why US troop cuts in Africa would cause alarm

Jan. 23, 2020 12:54 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Even as destroyed U.S. military aircraft smoldered from an al-Shabab attack that killed three Americans this month in Kenya, the al-Qaida-linked group issued a taunting message to African troops: The U.S. will abandon you just as it did the Kurds. Islamic extremists are already...

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

AP Explains: How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:12 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts by the millions are nibbling their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years. Is this another effect of a changing climate? Yes, researchers say. An unprecedented food security crisis may be the result. The locusts "reproduce...

At least 2 killed, 20 wounded in bombing near Somali capital

Jan. 18, 2020 7:51 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a construction site along a highway outside Somalia's capital, police said Saturday. Six Turkish nationals were among the wounded, with two in serious condition, Turkish Health Minister...