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At least 2 killed, 20 wounded in bombing near Somali capital

Jan. 18, 2020 7:51 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a construction site along a highway outside Somalia's capital, police said Saturday. Six Turkish nationals were among the wounded, with two in serious condition, Turkish Health Minister...

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang...

South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

Jan. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders have agreed to form a coalition government by the February deadline, a South African special envoy says. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in their latest talks this week also agreed that key outstanding issues...

UN: Global economic growth in 2019 was lowest of the decade

Jan. 16, 2020 7:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global economy recorded its lowest growth of the decade in 2019, falling to 2.3% as a result of protracted trade disputes and a slowdown in domestic investment, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N.'s annual report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020, forecast a...

Imam in Uganda is mocked for mistakenly marrying a man

Jan. 16, 2020 1:11 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The mocking of a Ugandan imam who unknowingly married a man in a Muslim ceremony highlights intolerance in the East African country, a gay rights activist said Thursday. The imam, who says he did not know his partner was male, has been suspended from clerical duty and his partner...

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, residents of the Malawi village of Tomali wait to have their young children become test subjects for the world's first vaccine against malaria. Babies in three African nations are getting the first and only vaccine for malaria in a pilot program. World health officials want to see how well the vaccine works in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya before recommending its wider use.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

Jan. 16, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TOMALI, Malawi (AP) — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African nation is rolling out the shots in an unusual pilot program along...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 145, 2020, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

3 African nations reach preliminary deal in Nile dam dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 2:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of...

Body of soldier killed in Kenya attack brought to Illinois

Jan. 15, 2020 6:44 PM EST

HAZEL CREST, Ill. (AP) — The remains of a suburban Chicago soldier killed in an attack on a military base in Kenya arrived Wednesday in his home town. Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr., of Hazel Crest, was among three Americans killed on Jan. 4 at Manda Bay Airfield, which is used by the U.S. military....

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi, right, during his inauguration ceremony in Maputo, Mozambique, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Nyusi has been sworn in for a second and final term after five turbulent years in office amid two armed insurgencies. (AP Photo/Ferhat Momade)

Mozambique's Nyusi begins 2nd term amid violent challenges

Jan. 15, 2020 10:59 AM EST

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi was sworn in for a second and final term Wednesday after five turbulent years in office amid two armed insurgencies. Nyusi, 60, won re-election in October with 73% of the vote, while the opposition alleged irregularities. The president of...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, 19, right, and Najin, 30, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Researchers said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 that they have successfully created another embryo of the nearly extinct northern white rhino, just the third to be created in a lab with eggs taken from the females and inseminated with frozen sperm from dead males, in a global effort to keep the species alive. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

'Amazing': New embryo made of nearly extinct rhino species

Jan. 15, 2020 7:17 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers say they have successfully created another embryo of the nearly extinct northern white rhino in a global effort to keep the species alive. Just two animals remain, and both are female. The viable embryo is just the third to be created in a lab with eggs taken from the...