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Correction: Uganda Nonprofit-Lawsuit story

Jul. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — In a story July 15 about a lawsuit filed against a nonprofit, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a Ugandan court accused the defendant. The court has not issued a ruling. A corrected version of the story is below: Ugandan court to hear lawsuit saying Virginia woman ran...

6 minutes: Man haunted by family's final moments on 737 Max

Jul. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

When Paul Njoroge gets on an airplane, he becomes fixated on the first few minutes after takeoff. "I have to look at my watch and see when I reach the 6-minute mark," Njoroge says. That is the length of time that a Boeing 737 Max carrying his wife, three young children and mother-in-law was airborne before...

Trump digs in on racist tweets: 'Many people agree with me'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call on Monday for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. "right now," cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped...

Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against local hero

Jul. 15, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians on Monday denounced President Donald Trump's attack on U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four...

Ugandan singer Bobi Wine plans to run for president in 2021

Jul. 15, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine said Monday he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in a 2021 election "on behalf of the people." But Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said he is concerned about his safety after what he believes was an...

Bobi Wine, Uganda's pop star opposition leader, says he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in 2021 polls

Jul. 15, 2019 8:25 AM EDT
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Bobi Wine, Uganda's pop star opposition leader, says he will challenge longtime President Yoweri Museveni in 2021 polls.

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

Jul. 14, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born...

Congo confirms 1st Ebola case in city of Goma

Jul. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — The Congolese health ministry confirmed an Ebola case in Goma late Sunday, marking the first time the virus has reached the city of more than 2 million people along the border with Rwanda since the epidemic began nearly a year ago. The health ministry said the man who had arrived earlier...

Islamic extremist attack on Somali hotel leaves 26 dead

Jul. 14, 2019 4:41 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists blew up the gate of a Somali hotel with a car bomb and took over the building for more than 14 hours, leaving 26 people dead before Somali forces who besieged the hotel overnight killed the attackers. The victims included a prominent Canadian-Somali journalist ....

Slain Canadian-Somali journalist Nalayeh a trailblazer

Jul. 13, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — As bombings and attacks rocked the African nation of Somalia in recent years, Canadian-Somali journalist Hodan Nalayeh found what she believed was a higher calling: Showcasing the hidden beauty of her homeland and its people. On Twitter, she shared posts featuring marine life...