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Rwandan gospel singer comes out as gay, to country's shock

Sep. 16, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo. The singer shocked many...

US urges transparency in Ebola-like death in Tanzania

Sep. 16, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tanzanian authorities must show transparency in the case of a patient who recently died after suffering Ebola-like symptoms, the U.S. health and human services secretary said Monday. Alex Azar, speaking in Uganda, told reporters that he and others are "very concerned" and urged...

Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia's presidential runoff

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui and independent law professor Kais Saied will advance to Tunisia's presidential runoff, sending the North African nation's young democracy into an unprecedented electoral battle. Tunisia's electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out...

ICC prosecutor appeals acquittal of ex-Ivory Coast president

Sep. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and a youth minister on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Judges acquitted Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude in January after ruling...

French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

Sep. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — France's foreign minister on Monday said his country would support Sudan's new leaders in their efforts to achieve peace with rebel groups, and work to end the African country's international pariah status. Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, weeks after the formation...

6 reported dead after tourist boat capsized off Senegal

Sep. 17, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Six Senegalese have died after a boat capsized in a storm during an excursion to a tiny island off the coast of Senegal's capital, a private radio station said Tuesday. Thirty-five people were rescued after the storm on Monday evening, including 24 Senegalese, six French, two Germans,...

Police say 36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo

Sep. 16, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Police in Congo say 36 people are missing after a boat sank on the Congo River east of the capital, Kinshasa. The national police said Sunday that about 76 people were rescued after the accident near the Mambutuka locality about 80 kilometers (49 miles) outside Kinshasa. The boat had...

Mediterranean migrant rescues, deaths; French camp emptied

Sep. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — At least two people died and 14 were missing Tuesday after a boat filled with people hoping to reach Europe capsized near Tunisia. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, a rescue ship picked up 109 people from two flimsy boats off the coast of Libya within hours of each other. And...

Egypt says no progress in talks over Ethiopia's Nile dam

Sep. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says a new round of talks over a soon-to-be-finished Nile River dam being built by Ethiopia have failed to achieve progress. Monday's statement by the Egyptian Irrigation Ministry says the two-day talks with Ethiopia and Sudan did not touch on "technical aspects" of the $5 billion Grand...

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Sep. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address...

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The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

6 reported dead after tourist boat capsized off Senegal

Sep. 17, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Six Senegalese have died after a boat capsized in a storm during an excursion to a tiny island off the coast of Senegal's capital, a private radio station said Tuesday. Thirty-five people were rescued after the storm on Monday evening, including 24 Senegalese, six French, two Germans,...

Jailed tycoon and professor in Tunisia's presidential runoff

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Jailed media magnate Nabil Karoui and independent law professor Kais Saied will advance to Tunisia's presidential runoff, sending the North African nation's young democracy into an unprecedented electoral battle. Tunisia's electoral commission said Tuesday the two candidates came out...

No one claims ownership of last slave ship 'Clotilda'

Sep. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's state historical agency apparently will retain control of the last U.S. slave ship, the Clotilda, after no one else laid claim to the wreckage. Friday was the deadline under federal court rules for any potential owners to request control of wreckage of the wooden schooner,...

The Latest: North Macedonia police detain 81 migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle. Police said the...

Mediterranean migrant rescues, deaths; French camp emptied

Sep. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — At least two people died and 14 were missing Tuesday after a boat filled with people hoping to reach Europe capsized near Tunisia. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, a rescue ship picked up 109 people from two flimsy boats off the coast of Libya within hours of each other. And...

Belgium, Congo normalize diplomatic relations during visit

Sep. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Officials from Belgium and Congo have signed agreements aimed at normalizing relations between the former European colonial power and the Africa nation during an official visit of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi to Belgium. Belgium's foreign affairs ministry said officials met Tuesday...

Tunisian electoral authority: law professor, jailed tycoon top first round presidential vote

Sep. 17, 2019 10:31 AM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian electoral authority: law professor, jailed tycoon top first round presidential vote.

Egypt says no progress in talks over Ethiopia's Nile dam

Sep. 16, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says a new round of talks over a soon-to-be-finished Nile River dam being built by Ethiopia have failed to achieve progress. Monday's statement by the Egyptian Irrigation Ministry says the two-day talks with Ethiopia and Sudan did not touch on "technical aspects" of the $5 billion Grand...

Italy arrests 3 accused of migrant torture in Libya

Sep. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian officials say three men who disembarked on the tiny island of Lampedusa over the summer have been arrested at a migrant reception center in Italy after fellow migrants recognized them as their torturers in Libya. According to a statement Monday by Italian police, the three — two...