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Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party

Sep. 20, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of curious Earthlings from around the globe traveled to festivals, and several hundred made forays toward the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert on Friday, drawn by an internet buzz and a social media craze sparked by a summertime Facebook post inviting people to...

Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Sep. 20, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by the...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe honored at state funeral, burial delayed

Sep. 14, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — African heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at a state funeral Saturday for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. More than 10 African leaders and several...

South African leader drops UN visit as women protest attacks

Sep. 13, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Friday canceled a visit to the United Nations' annual gathering of world leaders this month to focus on unrest over gender-based violence and xenophobic attacks, while women held another protest to express their fears. Hundreds gathered outside the...

Ukraine's president: US will give extra $140 million in aid

Sep. 13, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president said Friday that the United States hasn't only released $250 million in military aid to his country but will also extend an additional $140 million. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference in the capital Kyiv that Ukraine will get the new money on top of the...

Russian court dismisses case against famed theater director

Sep. 11, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday dismissed the case against an acclaimed theater director, two years after he was accused of embezzlement and put under house arrest. The court, which has been holding hearings in the trial of Kirill Serebrennikov and his associates for 10 months, ruled the case...

Correction: AF-Obit-Robert-Mugabe story

Sep. 9, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about the death of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mugabe was "the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia." In fact, a white minority government in what was then known as...

Russia and Ukraine trade prisoners, each fly 35 to freedom

Sep. 7, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine's east. The trade involved some of the highest-profile prisoners...

The Latest: UN chief lauds Mugabe role in fighting apartheid

Sep. 6, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe (all times local): 9:30 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Robert Mugabe's "role in securing the independence of Zimbabwe and the fight against apartheid are key parts of his legacy." According to U.N....

Cypriot to Russian Church: keep out of breakaway north

Sep. 6, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ties between the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and its Russian counterpart frayed Friday over a series of services conducted by a Russian priest in the breakaway, Turkish Cypriot, north of the divided island nation. The Cypriot church's leader, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said he would...