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Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while some family members at her funeral shouted, “We want justice.” The statement by the...

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

Nov. 22, 2019 9:35 AM EST

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage. Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help....

Algerians mark 40th week of anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on the 40th consecutive Friday of increasingly vociferous protests against the North African nation’s leadership, expressing fears that next month’s presidential poll will be rigged. Chanting “No election on Dec. 12!"...

UN: Spike in violence may jeopardize ending Ebola in Congo

Nov. 22, 2019 7:12 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday noted “a very dangerous and alarming development” in efforts to end the Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo, warning that the eruption of violence may re-ignite the epidemic. Dr. Mike Ryan, who directs the U.N. health agency’s Ebola...

Ivory Coast arrests 2 of EU’s most wanted criminals

Nov. 22, 2019 11:49 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Ivory Coast say they have arrested two of Europe’s most wanted criminals who were sentenced to life for the murder of a British national in Belgium in 1996. The national gendarmerie in a statement said Jean-Claude Lacote and Hilde van Acker were arrested in...

UN: Bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

Nov. 22, 2019 9:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast on Friday, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and...

South Africa’s airline says deal reached to end strike

Nov. 22, 2019 9:19 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline says flights will resume as normal over the weekend after it reached a deal with unions to end a week-long strike. South African Airways on Friday says it reached an agreement with the South African Cabin Crew Association and the...

Equatorial Guinea says pirates kidnap 7 foreigners off coast

Nov. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Equatorial Guinea says seven people of various nationalities have been kidnapped by pirates off its coast in the Gulf of Guinea. A statement by the country’s information office says pirates attacked the supply vessel for Exxon Mobil early Wednesday near the Zafiro oil field. It...

13 more bodies of soldiers found days after Mali attack

Nov. 22, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — People in Mali say 13 more bodies of soldiers have been found days after an attack by Islamic extremists in the northeast killed at least 30. A local leader said Friday that villagers in Tabankort found six bodies of Malian soldiers at the site of Monday’s attack and buried them....

Ethiopia says its 1st satellite will launch next month

Nov. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say the country will launch its first ever satellite next month. It is the latest example of space ambitions by several African nations. The satellite was built in China and will be launched from a site there. Ethiopia's Innovation and Technology Minister...

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Vatican’s Caritas vows better screening after Africa abuse

Nov. 22, 2019 6:56 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity has vowed to improve its vetting process after its recently removed country director for the Central African Republic reportedly turned out to have a criminal conviction for child sexual abuse. CNN reported that Caritas removed the...

Mali charges 2 men with supporting Islamic extremist group

Nov. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s intelligence services say they have arrested two men accused of providing logistical support to the Islamic extremist group Ansarul Islam in Burkina Faso. Malian Intelligence services spokesman Col. Modibo Traore said Friday that Ousmane Hama Diallo and Harouna Diallo were...

Algerians mark 40th week of anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on the 40th consecutive Friday of increasingly vociferous protests against the North African nation’s leadership, expressing fears that next month’s presidential poll will be rigged. Chanting “No election on Dec. 12!"...

Ivory Coast arrests 2 of EU’s most wanted criminals

Nov. 22, 2019 11:49 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Ivory Coast say they have arrested two of Europe’s most wanted criminals who were sentenced to life for the murder of a British national in Belgium in 1996. The national gendarmerie in a statement said Jean-Claude Lacote and Hilde van Acker were arrested in...

Equatorial Guinea says pirates kidnap 7 foreigners off coast

Nov. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Equatorial Guinea says seven people of various nationalities have been kidnapped by pirates off its coast in the Gulf of Guinea. A statement by the country’s information office says pirates attacked the supply vessel for Exxon Mobil early Wednesday near the Zafiro oil field. It...

Severe flooding in Republic of Congo displaces 50,000 people

Nov. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EST

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — The Republic of Congo’s government has declared a state of natural disaster in three territories after severe flooding displaced at least 50,000 people. The Council of Ministers said weeks of heavy rains in Likouala, La Cuvette and Plateaux territories have...

Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while some family members at her funeral shouted, “We want justice.” The statement by the...

Dog befriends baby giraffe after abandoned in South Africa

Nov. 22, 2019 9:35 AM EST

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — A dog in South Africa has befriended a baby giraffe that was abandoned at birth, rescued and taken to a local orphanage. Jazz the giraffe arrived at The Rhino Orphanage just days after birth. A farmer found him in the wild, weak and dehydrated, and called the center for help....

UN: Bodies of at least 6 migrants found on Libyan coast

Nov. 22, 2019 9:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast on Friday, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard, the U.N. migration agency said. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing war and...

13 more bodies of soldiers found days after Mali attack

Nov. 22, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — People in Mali say 13 more bodies of soldiers have been found days after an attack by Islamic extremists in the northeast killed at least 30. A local leader said Friday that villagers in Tabankort found six bodies of Malian soldiers at the site of Monday’s attack and buried them....