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Vaccine deserts: Some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all

May. 09, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad's capital, there are no debates over which coronavirus vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. Not even for the doctors and nurses like her, who...

South Africa's royal scandal: New Zulu king's claim disputed

May. 08, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A new Zulu king was named in South Africa amid scenes of chaos after members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu's claim to the title following his father's death, and bodyguards suddenly whisked him away from the public announcement at a...

Congo leader visits Sudan, Egypt for talks on Nile dispute

May. 08, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Congo’s president, the current head of the African Union, met Saturday with Egyptian and Sudanese officials amid international and regional efforts to relaunch negotiations over Ethiopia’s disputed dam on the Nile River’s main tributary. President...

Libyan militias briefly take over Tripoli gov’t headquarters

May. 08, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — In a show of force, armed militiamen briefly took over a hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli that serves as headquarters for the interim government, officials said Saturday. Friday's development came after the three-member presidential council earlier...

Burkina Faso's army chaplains tested by extremist conflict

May. 08, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — In the more than 15 years Salomon Tibiri has been offering spiritual succor as a military pastor in Burkina Faso, he’s never fielded so many calls from anxious soldiers and their relatives as in recent years, when the army found itself under attack by Islamic...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide'

May. 07, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it's genocide: "They want to destroy the people of Tigray.” In a...

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

May. 07, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return. ...

US envoy in Sudan in a bid to resolve Ethiopia’s dam dispute

May. 07, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa was in Sudan on Friday, the latest stop on his tour of the region aimed at resolving the decade-long dispute over Ethiopia’s massive dam on the Nile River’s main tributary. During his two-day visit, Jeffrey Feltman...

India's disaster hangs over countries facing COVID-19 surges

May. 07, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

SOHAG, Egypt (AP) — Countries worldwide wrestling with new coronavirus surges are trying to ensure they aren’t hit by an India-style disaster. They face many of the same risks, including large populations that have shirked restrictions and fragile health systems shaken under the strain. ...

More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain

May. 06, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Several world leaders Thursday praised the U.S. call to remove patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help poor countries obtain shots. But the proposal faces a multitude of hurdles, including resistance from the pharmaceutical industry. Nor is it...