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Biden is honoring Kenya with state visit as the East African nation prepares to send police to Haiti

May. 22, 2024 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is welcoming Kenyan President William Ruto to the White House for a three-day state visit as the East African nation prepares to deploy forces to Haiti as part of U.N.-led effort to try to calm a spiraling security crisis in the Caribbean country. ...

Ex-South African leader Zuma, now a ruling party critic, is disqualified from next week's election

May. 20, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma was disqualified Monday from running for a Parliament seat in next week's national election because of a previous criminal conviction. The decision by the country's highest court is certain to raise political tensions ahead...

Companies are trying to attract more smartphone users across Africa. But there are risks

May. 19, 2024 02:20 AM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Anita Akpeere prepared fried rice in her kitchen in Ghana's capital as a flurry of notifications for restaurant orders lit up apps on her phone. “I don’t think I could work without a phone in my line of business,” she said, as requests came in for her signature dish, a...

South Africa's election could bring a defining moment — and new complications. Here's what to know

May. 17, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's election will determine how weary the country has become of the ruling African National Congress party, which has been in power since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule 30 years ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the...

Ex-South African leader's corruption trial date set as he fights another case to run for election

May. 16, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma will go on trial for alleged corruption next April, four years after he was formally charged with taking bribes in connection with a multi-billion-dollar arms deal and 20 years after he was first implicated, prosecutors said...

Morocco’s automotive industry shifts gears to prep for electric vehicle era

May. 15, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) — A train that travels from rural northern Morocco to a port on the Mediterranean Sea carries no passengers. Three times a day, it brings hundreds of cars stacked bumper to bumper from a Renault factory outside Tangiers to vessels that transport them to European...

Nigeria labor unions protest higher electricity prices

May. 13, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Labor unions in Nigeria staged nationwide protests on Monday over recent increases in electricity prices following the removal of subsidies by the West African nation’s government. The unions made up of government workers were picketing offices of public...

A campaign ad by a South African party showing a burning flag is called treason by the president

May. 10, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A campaign video for South Africa’s opposition party showing the country’s flag in flames has stoked tensions just weeks ahead of national elections that are seen as the most pivotal since the end of the apartheid system of racial segregation 30 years ago. ...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

May. 10, 2024 02:34 AM EDT

May 3-9, 2024 Crowds of people welcomed the Olympic torch on its arrival to France before the Summer Olympics in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Xi Jinping at a remote mountain pass in the Pyrenees on the Chinese leader's visit to European countries. The mother of a...

They study next to one of Africa's largest trash dumps. They're planting bamboo to try to cope

May. 05, 2024 00:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Armed with gardening hoes while others cradled bamboo seedlings, students gathered outside their school in Kenya's capital. They hoped the fully grown bamboo would help to filter filthy air from one of Africa's largest trash dumps next door. More than 100...