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The Nave Andromeda oil tanker is docked next to the Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton, England, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The U.K. military seized control of the oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English Channel after reporting it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire via AP)

7 held for suspected tanker hijack after UK commando raid

Oct. 26, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Seven stowaways seized when British naval special forces stormed an oil tanker in the English Channel have been arrested on suspicion of hijacking, police said Monday. Hampshire Police said the men, believed to be from Nigeria, were being held at several police stations on suspicion of...

In this image taken from SKY video, shows a tanker at sea, as filmed from land on Sunday Oct. 25, 2020. British police are investigating an undisclosed incident aboard an oil tanker in the English Channel. The incident reportedly took place aboard the Libyan-registered oil tanker Nave Andromeda south of Sandown on Isle of Wight, according to Isle of Wight Radio. (SKY News via AP)

UK military seizes tanker that reported violent stowaways

Oct. 25, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. military seized control of an oil tanker that dropped anchor in the English Channel after reporting Sunday it had seven stowaways on board who had become violent. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel authorized the action in response to a police request, the...

A worker moves boxes at Snowman Logistics, India's largest cold storage company in Taloja, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The vaccine cold chain hurdle is just the latest disparity of the pandemic weighted against the poor, who more often live and work in crowded conditions that allow the virus to spread, have little access to medical oxygen vital to COVID-19 treatment, and whose health systems lack labs, supplies or technicians to carry out large-scale testing. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator. From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Dodeye Ewa, 16 year old study at the family library in Calabar, Nigeria. The third child is bothered by President Donald Trump's rhetoric and his policies toward international students, most recently one announced Friday that limits their stays in the U.S. to two or four years with uncertainty about whether their visas will be extended. (AP Photo/Daniel H Williams )

Foreign students show less zeal for US since Trump took over

Oct. 25, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — On a recruiting trip to India’s tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions not just about dorms or tuition but also American work visas. The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump’s...

Guinean President Alpha Conde casts his ballot in Conakry, Guinea, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. Guinean President Alpha Conde is seeking to extend his decade in power, facing off against his longtime rival Cellou Dalein Diallo for the third time at the polls. (AP Photo/Sadak Souici)

Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

Oct. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the vote, setting the stage for potential clashes with the opposition whose candidate claimed victory days ago. The opposition quickly announced it would contest the...

Volunteers sweep burnt out tyres on the roads in Lagos Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Nigeria's president says 51 civilians have been killed in unrest following days of peaceful protests over police abuses, and he blames

Nigeria's police order massive mobilization after unrest

Oct. 24, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s top police official on Saturday ordered the immediate mobilization of all officers to “reclaim the public space from criminal elements masquerading as protesters” after days of peaceful demonstrations over police abuses and then violent unrest that left...

Attackers storm school in Cameroon, kill at least 4 students

Oct. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Attackers shot dead at least four students and wounded a dozen others after storming into a private school in Cameroon on Saturday morning, an official said. It was not immediately clear why the attack at the Mother Francisca Memorial College occurred. The deputy prefect of the...

Guinea’s electoral commission says President Alpha Conde has won a third term with 59.49% of the vote.

Oct. 24, 2020 8:14 AM EDT
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s electoral commission says President Alpha Conde has won a third term with 59.49% of the vote.
Police officers stop and search a bus carrying passengers around Lekki toll gate in Lagos Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Resentment lingered with the smell of charred tires Friday as Nigeria's streets were relatively calm after days of protests over police abuses, while authorities gave little acknowledgement to reports of the military killing at least 12 peaceful demonstrators earlier this week. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria says 51 civilians, 18 security forces dead in unrest

Oct. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At least 51 civilians have been killed in Nigeria's unrest following days of peaceful protests over police abuses, the president said Friday, blaming “hooliganism” for the violence while asserting that security forces have used “extreme restraint.”...

Nigeria's leader says 51 civilians, 18 security forces were killed in unrest after peaceful protests over police abuses

Oct. 23, 2020 3:52 PM EDT
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leader says 51 civilians, 18 security forces were killed in unrest after peaceful protests over police abuses.