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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...

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...

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 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...

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...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM 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: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, main opposition party presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa speaks to the media after casting his vote in the presidential election, in Ciri, Ngozi province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Dorcas Nininahazwe, File)

Burundi opposition candidate goes to court to challenge vote

May. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's top opposition leader went to the constitutional court Thursday to challenge the results of this month’s presidential election, alleging the vote was rigged in favor of the ruling party candidate. “We’ve seen a lot of irregularities,” Agathon...