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A Somali man wears a surgical mask and gloves on the street after after the government announced the closure of schools and universities and banned large gatherings, following the announcement on Monday of the country's first case of the new coronavirus, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says

Mar. 18, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa should “prepare for the worst” as the coronavirus begins to spread locally, the World Health Organization's director-general said Wednesday, while South Africa became the continent's new focus of concern as cases nearly doubled to 116 from two days before. South...

Flags at half staff Monday for New Mexico Guard soldier

Feb. 28, 2020 11:49 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered that U.S. and state flags be flown at half staff Monday in honor of a New Mexico National Guard soldier who died during an overseas deployment. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Moriarty Civic Center in Moriarty for Spc. Walter...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers hone their long-distance marksmanship skills as they train at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The soldiers are members of the Army's new Security Force Assistance Brigade. The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of it's new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

New Army training team heads to Africa

Feb. 24, 2020 1:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army, for the first time, will send soldiers from one of its new training brigades to Africa in the coming weeks, expanding the use of the new specialized units as the Pentagon looks at possible troop cuts on the continent. The decision to send a couple hundred soldiers from the 1st...

US service member dies in non-combat incident in Djibouti

Feb. 14, 2020 7:01 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Pentagon has released the identity of a U.S. soldier who was killed Thursday in a non-combat-related incident in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti. A spokesperson says Pfc. Walter Lewark, 26, from Mountainair, New Mexico, died Thursday at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The incident...

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...

In this July 25, 2019 photo, Ethiopian Tigray migrants stand in line as they are counted by smugglers after arriving to the coastal village of Ras al-Ara from Djibouti, in Lahj, Yemen. According to the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration the number of women making the trip jumped from nearly 15,000 in 2018 to more than 22,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Determined: Ethiopian female migrants risk all for Saudi

Feb. 14, 2020 6:14 AM EST

They are among the most vulnerable of the tens of thousands of migrants making the long and perilous trek from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia in search of jobs: Women and girls as young as 13. They endure hunger and exhaustion walking through deserts, the dangers of a sea crossing and, often, rape and torture at the...

In this July 12, 2019 photo, 35-year-old Mohammed Eissa, second left, walks on a highway with boys he met on the way, around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Djibouti. Eissa had left behind his wife, nine sons and a daughter. His wife cares for his elderly father. The children work the farm growing vegetables, but harvests are unpredictable:

Ethiopians face deserts and smugglers on the way to Saudi

Feb. 14, 2020 12:24 AM 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...