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Anthony Pawnell, a Drake University law student, joins more than a thousand protesters outside the Des Moines Police Department on Friday, May 29, 2020. The protests were a response to the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

May. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining a family member, a human rights group said Saturday. Police confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields" by the man, whom they called a...

Congo militia leader arrested in 2017 murders of UN experts

May. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia leader accused of involvement in the murder of an American citizen and a Swedish national working with the United Nations has been arrested more than three years after their brutal slayings, a prosecutor said Saturday. Trésor Mputu Kankonde was apprehended in...

15 killed as extremists attack traders in Burkina Faso

May. 30, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists killed at least 15 people, including children, in an attack on a group of traders traveling between towns in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Saturday. The victims of Friday's attack in Loroum province were being escorted by a local defense...

A woman walks on the promenade in stormy weather in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, May 29, 2020. With dramatically increased community transmissions, Cape Town has become the center of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

May. 29, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. “This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, Ethiopian soldiers try to stop protesters in Bishoftu, during a declared state of emergency, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. A new report by the rights group Amnesty International issued Friday, May 29, 2020 accuses Ethiopia's security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions in the restive Oromia region even as the country's reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo, File)

New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia

May. 29, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report by the rights group Amnesty International accuses Ethiopia’s security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions even as the country’s reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The report issued Friday says security forces...

Sudan summons Ethiopia’s envoy over cross-border attack

May. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia's military. Thursday’s attack in the eastern province of al-Qadarif killed at least one officer and one...

Somalia says 8 'very young' aid workers abducted, killed

May. 29, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s government says eight “very young” aid workers have been abducted and killed by an armed group outside the capital, Mogadishu. A statement Friday by the minister of humanitarian affairs, Hamza Said Hamza, condemned the “brutal execution” in...

Tanzania opposition leader banned from comment ahead of vote

May. 29, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Tanzanian court has found an opposition leader guilty of sedition and banned him from making public statements for one year, just months ahead of the presidential election. The magistrates court released Zitto Kabwe, leader of the ACT-Wazalendo party, on the condition that he does...

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Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...

Protesters and National Guardsmen face off on East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.  The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have elevated fears of a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Images showing thousands of screaming, unmasked protesters have sent shudders through the health community, who worry their calls for social distancing during the demonstrations are unlikely to be heard.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

May. 30, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Some leaders appealing for calm in...

Sudan summons Ethiopia’s envoy over cross-border attack

May. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday said it summoned Ethiopia’s diplomat to the country over a cross-border attack allegedly conducted by a militia backed by Ethiopia's military. Thursday’s attack in the eastern province of al-Qadarif killed at least one officer and one...

Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden holds the daily COVID-19 media conference inside 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday May 30, 2020. Sport has been the focus of much media speculation as Britain begins to be released from coronavirus lockdown. (Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street via AP)

The Latest: No positive results in EPL latest testing round

May. 30, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ There have been no positive results from the Premier League's latest round of COVID-19 testing. The league says a total of 1,130 players and club personnel were tested in the fourth round of screening, with the all-clear raising...

Congo militia leader arrested in 2017 murders of UN experts

May. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese militia leader accused of involvement in the murder of an American citizen and a Swedish national working with the United Nations has been arrested more than three years after their brutal slayings, a prosecutor said Saturday. Trésor Mputu Kankonde was apprehended in...

UN adopts new voting procedure during COVID-19 pandemic

May. 30, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a new voting procedure Friday for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large gathering and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped assembly...

Anthony Pawnell, a Drake University law student, joins more than a thousand protesters outside the Des Moines Police Department on Friday, May 29, 2020. The protests were a response to the recent death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

May. 30, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African...

15 killed as extremists attack traders in Burkina Faso

May. 30, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists killed at least 15 people, including children, in an attack on a group of traders traveling between towns in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Saturday. The victims of Friday's attack in Loroum province were being escorted by a local defense...

Kenya: Police kill 2 children, fetus trying to catch suspect

May. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two children and and an unborn child were killed in a Kenyan police operation aimed at detaining a family member, a human rights group said Saturday. Police confirmed the children’s deaths and asserted they were used as “human shields" by the man, whom they called a...

FILE  - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action for now. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

No rugby for world champion as South Africa maintains ban

May. 30, 2020 7:30 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African government maintained a ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday because of the coronavirus, meaning the country's professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The announcement by sports minister Nathi...