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Even when Africans want to visit Europe legally, rejection rates are high. Algeria is one example

Jun. 13, 2024 20:45 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — France has twice rejected visa applications from Nabil Tabarout, a 29-year-old web developer from Algeria who hopes this year to visit his sister there. He's among the many people navigating the often arduous visa process throughout Africa, which faces...

What we know ahead of Friday's deadline for South Africa to form a coalition and elect a president

Jun. 13, 2024 06:13 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president on Friday and major political parties are still working out the last details of a coalition agreement that might or might not see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized...

The University of Cambridge returns 39 traditional artifacts to Uganda in a major act of restitution

Jun. 12, 2024 23:14 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The University of Cambridge has repatriated more than three dozen traditional artifacts to Uganda in a major act of restitution welcomed by the local officials who sought them. Some of the objects were shown exclusively to AP journalists on Wednesday. The...

Highly potent opioids are showing up in drug users in Africa for the first time, report says

Jun. 12, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Traces of highly potent opioids known as nitazenes have for the first time been found to be consumed by people who use drugs in Africa, according to a report released Wednesday by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a nonprofit organization. ...

South Africa's IFP party says it will join a unity government, a step toward ending deadlock

Jun. 12, 2024 13:35 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The leader of South Africa's Inkatha Freedom Party said Wednesday it will join a proposed government of national unity, a step toward ending the country's political deadlock after the long-ruling African National Congress lost its parliamentary majority in last...

Riots erupt in drought-stricken central Algeria over months of water shortages

Jun. 11, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

TIARET, Algeria (AP) — Violent riots erupted in a drought-stricken Algerian desert city last weekend after months of water shortages left taps running dry and forced residents to queue to access water for their households. In Tiaret — a central Algerian city of less than 200,000...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jun. 07, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

May 31 - June6, 2024 Veterans from the U.S., Britain and Canada converged with more than two dozen heads of state and countless others on the beaches of Normandy, France to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. In soccer, Real Madrid won the Champions League, its...

South African opposition parties holding crunch talks on the ANC's unity plan. But deep rifts remain

Jun. 07, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African opposition parties were meeting Friday and will continue crunch talks into next week to consider the ruling African National Congress' offer to become part of a government of national unity. ANC failed to secure a majority in last week's highly...

South Africa's ANC leans toward a 'unity' government that evokes Mandela but divisions are there

Jun. 07, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and other senior officials of the African National Congress party were in a critical meeting Thursday to decide if they should formally propose a “unity” government bringing in all major parties to solve a political...

What to know about Russia's growing footprint in Africa

Jun. 06, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Russia's top diplomat pledged help and military assistance while on a whirlwind tour of several countries in Africa's sub-Saharan region of Sahel this week, as Moscow seeks to grow its influence in the restive, mineral-rich section of the continent. Russia is...