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Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

Oct. 14, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. The comments on Monday, reported by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, follow a similar call last month by Angola's...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...

Tunisia: Conservative law professor wins presidential race

Oct. 14, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's election commission said a preliminary count shows Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied has won the country's presidential election by a significant margin. The commission reported Monday that Saied, who hasn't held elected office before, received 72.71% of the vote. His...

4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 14, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his...

Mozambique braces for 'ill-tempered and nasty' election

Oct. 13, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's elections on Tuesday are almost certain to be won by the ruling Frelimo party and President Filipe Nyusi but it is unclear if the results will bring badly needed stability and economic growth. The southern African nation of nearly 30 million people has a strategic...

Sudanese rebel groups seek peace after years of fighting

Oct. 13, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new, transitional authorities have six months to make peace with the country's rebels under a power-sharing deal reached this summer between the military and the pro-democracy movement following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April. If they fail to do so, it could...

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

Algerians protest bill to boost foreign money in oil sector

Oct. 13, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are protesting in front of their parliament against a bill aimed at attracting foreign investment to the oil and gas sector, which underpins the national economy. Surrounded by police, protesters raised their fists and accused the government of selling out...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 3 civilians in Tripoli

Oct. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday, killing at least three civilians and wounding two others including a child, health authorities said. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting between rival militias since April. The U.N.-supported but weak government...

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Egypt activist claims she was tortured, beaten after arrest

Oct. 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian pro-democracy activist claims she was tortured and beaten after being arrested amid a sweeping government crackdown, a leading rights group said Monday. Amnesty International said Esraa Abdel-Fattah was brought before prosecutors late Sunday following her arrest by plainclothes...

4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 14, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his...

3 economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a third from Harvard University won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for groundbreaking research into what works and what doesn't in the fight to reduce global poverty. The award went to MIT's Abhijit Banerjee...

Tunisia: Conservative law professor wins presidential race

Oct. 14, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's election commission said a preliminary count shows Islamist-backed law professor Kais Saied has won the country's presidential election by a significant margin. The commission reported Monday that Saied, who hasn't held elected office before, received 72.71% of the vote. His...

Catholic church urges Angola to declare a drought emergency

Oct. 14, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Catholic church in Angola is urging the government to declare a state of emergency over the drought that has affected at least 1 million people in the country's south. The comments on Monday, reported by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, follow a similar call last month by Angola's...

Libyan officials: Airstrike kills 3 civilians in Tripoli

Oct. 14, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike slammed into a house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday, killing at least three civilians and wounding two others including a child, health authorities said. Tripoli has been the scene of fighting between rival militias since April. The U.N.-supported but weak government...

Sudan's government, rebels start peace talks in Juba

Oct. 14, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's new transitional government met with rebel leaders on Monday, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan's army and its pro-democracy movement. That deal was reached after the...

Tunisia: Knife attack kills French citizen, injures officer

Oct. 14, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Interior Ministry says a French citizen has been killed in a knife attack that also injured a police officer near a northern city. An Interior Ministry statement said the attack happened Monday at the exit of a bath in Zarzouna. The ministry says the assailant fled the scene...

Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

The Latest: Tunisia projections say professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the Tunisia presidential election (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Tunisian polling agencies are forecasting that conservative law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won the North African country's presidential election. Saied's supporters exploded with joy, celebrating...