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Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

Report: At least 13 dead in South Africa church collapse

Apr. 19, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Local media in South Africa report that at least 13 people are dead after part of a church collapsed. Broadcaster News24 cites KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesman Robert McKenzie as saying heavy rainfall may have been to blame for the collapse Thursday night in Dlangubo....

Bomb scare pauses flights for hours at Kenya's main airport

Apr. 17, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's flagship airline and officials say a passenger reported a bomb threat that led to flights being grounded at the country's main airport for hours. Kenya Airways said in a statement Wednesday the threat was reported on a flight departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport...

Botswana unveils country's largest blue diamond find

Apr. 17, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A big blue diamond weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled in Botswana, where the gem was discovered. The government-owned Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday called it the largest blue diamond ever discovered in the southern African nation. A company statement says it is "in...

AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern

Apr. 13, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency , causing frustration among some health experts. With multiple rebel groups active in the region, wary communities sometimes resisting health...

After winning small events, Harding makes most of big stage

Apr. 11, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Harding of South Africa spent most of his Masters debut Thursday atop the leaderboard, and that's not an unusual position for him over the past year. No one else at Augusta National can claim five victories and three runner-up finishes since the last Masters. Then again, few...

25 years after genocide, Rwanda's Kagame is praised, feared

Apr. 9, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A quarter-century after Rwanda's brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country's politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary leadership and loathed by others who see a firm authoritarian with a malicious streak. Kagame is so...

Rhino poacher killed by elephant and eaten by lions

Apr. 8, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhinoceros poacher was stomped to death by an elephant and eaten by lions in a South Africa wildlife preserve, and rangers found just his skull and trousers, authorities said. The man and two others were hunting illegally at Kruger National Park last week when the elephant surprised...

African billionaire rebuts idea of migration flood in Europe

Apr. 7, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The migration of Africans to Europe and North America should be viewed as a positive phenomenon, not a threat, Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim said Sunday. Experts said at a weekend conference hosted by Ibrahim's foundation in Abidjan, Ivory Coast that Africans make up about 14% of...

Mozambique cholera cases now above 1,400; vaccines arrive

Apr. 2, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cholera cases in cyclone-hit Mozambique have risen above 1,400, government officials said Tuesday, as hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses arrived in an attempt to limit the rapid spread of the disease. Authorities announced a second death from cholera, which causes acute...