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Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Aug. 12, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to...

Sibongile Zulu poses for a portrait inside her home in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Zulu is HIV positive and couldn't get her full medication for two months due to a lack of stock in government pharmacies. Across Africa and around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the supply of antiretroviral drugs to many of the more than 24 million people who take them, endangering their lives. An estimated 7.7 million people in South Africa are HIV positive, the largest number in the world, and 62% of them take the antiretroviral drugs that suppress the virus and prevent transmission. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

South Africa's poor scramble for anti-HIV drugs amid virus

Aug. 11, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When her regular clinic ran out of her government-funded HIV medications amid South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, Sibongile Zulu panicked. A local pharmacy had the drugs for $48, but she didn’t have the money after being laid off from her office job in the shutdown to slow...

UN says more than 70 killed in clashes in South Sudan

Aug. 11, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70 people were killed and dozens injured during weekend clashes between South Sudan’s army and armed civilians in north-central Tonj, the United Nations reported Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan reported that...

This photo provided by the French Army shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, Tuesday Aug.11, 2020. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of 4 tons has already escaped into the sea, officials said. (Gwendoline Defente, EMAE via AP)

Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel on Tuesday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern lagoons and shore. The Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, ran...

Nigeria singer sentenced to death in north for blasphemy

Aug. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A young musician in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. An Upper Shariah Court found Yahaya Sharif, 22, guilty for circulating a song described as insulting Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp in March. He has 30...

Jailed Zimbabwean journalist is denied rights, say lawyers

Aug. 11, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for...

Sudan imposes curfew in eastern city after clashes kill 13

Aug. 11, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an eastern port city after tribal clashes earlier this week killed more than a dozen people and wounded more than 40 others. The fighting in Port Sudan in the Red Sea province erupted earlier this week between the Beni Amer tribe...

In this image made from video, residents move through floodwaters using a donkey cart in Afgoye, Somalia Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia and the government in recent days has issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. (AP Photo)

Severe flooding displaces scores of thousands in Somalia

Aug. 11, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia. The government in recent days issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. It said rains in the highlands of neighboring Ethiopia could lead to flash floods in towns such as Jowhar...

Police say 19 inmates, guards killed in Somalia prison riot

Aug. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least 19 people were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. He said...

3 face years in Burundi prison for stone-throwing at leader

Aug. 11, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence has caused an outcry, but the governor says he thinks there will be “changes in this affair” in the coming days. The...

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Frenchman who aided Mayan farmers killed in Guatemala

Aug. 12, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) — A French aid worker was shot to death on a rural highway in Guatemala, where he had led agricultural projects for indigenous Mayan communities for 20 years. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the killing of Benoit Pierre Amadee Maria, who represented Agronomists and...

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Aug. 12, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to...

Election officials wait for people to vote on the first day of the Senate elections inside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

Aug. 11, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians began voting Tuesday for seats in the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament that was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. The election comes as the country faces an increase in coronavirus cases. Authorities said face masks would be...

UN says more than 70 killed in clashes in South Sudan

Aug. 11, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70 people were killed and dozens injured during weekend clashes between South Sudan’s army and armed civilians in north-central Tonj, the United Nations reported Tuesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan reported that...

Sudan imposes curfew in eastern city after clashes kill 13

Aug. 11, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese authorities Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an eastern port city after tribal clashes earlier this week killed more than a dozen people and wounded more than 40 others. The fighting in Port Sudan in the Red Sea province erupted earlier this week between the Beni Amer tribe...

In this image made from video, residents move through floodwaters using a donkey cart in Afgoye, Somalia Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia and the government in recent days has issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. (AP Photo)

Severe flooding displaces scores of thousands in Somalia

Aug. 11, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia. The government in recent days issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. It said rains in the highlands of neighboring Ethiopia could lead to flash floods in towns such as Jowhar...

This photo provided by the French Army shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, Tuesday Aug.11, 2020. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of 4 tons has already escaped into the sea, officials said. (Gwendoline Defente, EMAE via AP)

Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a race against tides and time, workers pumped tons of fuel on Tuesday from a Japanese bulk carrier ship grounded in the shallow waters of Mauritius to try to prevent a renewed oil spill from further fouling the island's eastern lagoons and shore. The Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, ran...

In this taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey.  Tension remains high between Greece and Turkey, whose warships are in the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey has sent a research vessel to carry out seismic research for energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf. (IHA via AP)

Turkey vows to press ahead with energy search amid tensions

Aug. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Tuesday to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights. Greece's foreign minister, meanwhile, called for an...

Nigeria singer sentenced to death in north for blasphemy

Aug. 11, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A young musician in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad. An Upper Shariah Court found Yahaya Sharif, 22, guilty for circulating a song described as insulting Prophet Muhammad on WhatsApp in March. He has 30...

Police say 19 inmates, guards killed in Somalia prison riot

Aug. 11, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least 19 people were killed during a riot in the central prison in Somalia's capital on Monday evening. Abdiqani Mohamed Qalaf, spokesman for the police force in charge of prisons, told reporters the dead included 15 inmates and four guards. He said...