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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...

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...

Passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight held after bomb claim

Nov. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight in Burundi was disrupted when a man locked himself in a bathroom on the plane and claimed to have a bomb, a passenger and authorities said Thursday. Sally Hayden in a Twitter post cited local police as saying they eventually broke down the door and...

Ethiopia’s leader urges calm as key referendum begins

Nov. 20, 2019 5:32 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister urged calm on Wednesday as millions of citizens held a referendum on whether to create a new regional state along ethnic lines. The Sidama referendum “is an expression of the democratization path Ethiopia has set...

US military drone strike kills senior al-Shabab official

Nov. 20, 2019 1:53 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali intelligence official says a U.S. drone strike has killed a senior officer with the al-Shabab extremist group. The official says the unidentified officer had maintained links with foreign extremist groups with the aim of coordinating future attacks. The official spoke on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s attack on diplomat, impeachment myths

Nov. 18, 2019 2:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Truth was lost in the first round of historic impeachment hearings as President Donald Trump launched a tweet attack on a senior U.S. diplomat that distorted reality and Republicans cried foul, claiming improper stifling of questioning that wasn’t so. Over two days, the hearings...

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearings and that Trump tweet

Nov. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was just exercising his right to free speech. Democrats said he was intimidating a witness. Whichever is the case, Trump’s Twitter assault on an ex-ambassador’s record came with a heavy dose of distortion. He portrayed her, in a few choice...

UN adds explosive components ban to Somalia arms embargo

Nov. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using. The vote on the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump twists ex-ambassador’s record

Nov. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Friday that a U.S. diplomat was responsible for Somalia’s descent into chaos decades ago, distorting her record. Democrats branded his tweet witness intimidation. Trump’s attack on Marie Yovanovitch came as she testified to the House...

UN links Kenyan military to attacks on Somalia’s top telecom

Nov. 15, 2019 9:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new United Nations report says it has corroborated evidence of five attacks allegedly carried out by Kenya’s military on communication masts belonging to neighboring Somalia’s largest telecom provider. One attack killed two civilians in 2018. The report by the U.N....