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Thousands rally in Sudan day after 9 killed during protests

Jul. 01, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands took to the streets Friday in Sudan's capital, a day after nine people were killed in demonstrations against the country's ruling generals. The United States and others in the international community condemned the violence in this East African nation, which...

Calls for probe into migrant deaths at Spain-Morocco border

Jul. 01, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Protests are expected across Spain and in the capital of Morocco Friday amid a groundswell of calls for an investigation over the deaths of at least 23 people at the border between the Spanish enclave of Melilla and Morocco. The deaths occurred on June 24...

African officials: Monkeypox spread is already an emergency

Jul. 01, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Health authorities in Africa say they are treating the expanding monkeypox outbreak there as an emergency and are calling on rich countries to share the world's limited supply of vaccines in an effort to avoid the glaring equity problems seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Tunisian president seeks more powers in new constitution

Jul. 01, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday unveiled a new draft constitution that would bestow broad powers to the president and curtail the authority of the prime minister and parliament. A referendum on the constitution is scheduled for July 25, exactly to the...

Sudan doctors: 8 people killed in mass rallies against coup

Jun. 30, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces shot eight people to death during anti-coup protests Thursday, a medical group said as thousands marched to denounce the country’s military rulers and demand an immediate transfer of power to civilians. The Sudan’s Doctors Committee said...

UN rep in South Sudan urges authorities to prepare for polls

Jun. 30, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country's transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining...

UN: Libya rival officials fail to agree on election criteria

Jun. 30, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — After two days of U.N.-mediated talks in Geneva, two senior Libyan officials from the country's rival camps failed to reach an agreement on a constitutional framework for national elections, the United Nations envoy to Libya said Thursday. According to Stephanie...

Probe sought in migrant deaths at Morocco-Spain border

Jun. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Activists on Wednesday urged Morocco to launch an “unbiased” investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants who were trying to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla last week. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded in a letter...

Sea, land tragedies claim lives of 50 migrants in Libya

Jun. 29, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A flimsy rubber boat collapsed and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya’s coast, leaving at least 30 people including women and children missing and feared dead, an international charity said Wednesday. Officials said meanwhile they found the bodies of 20 migrants...

World Bank agrees $500m to help Egypt fund wheat purchases

Jun. 29, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will receive a $500 million loan from the World Bank to help finance its wheat purchases as prices skyrocket because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the bank said Wednesday. The funds, approved Tuesday by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors, aim at...