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In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame. The locust swarms hang...

South Sudan rivals agree to meet unity government deadline

Jan. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders have agreed to form a coalition government by the February deadline, a South African special envoy says. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in their latest talks this week also agreed that key outstanding issues...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 file photo, South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. The United States issued a statement Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 announcing that it has imposed sanctions on South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, citing his involvement in serious human rights abuses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

US sanctions South Sudan's vice president over abuses

Jan. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, citing his involvement in serious human rights abuses. It is one of the sharpest actions taken by the U.S. against South Sudan's government amid Washington's frustration over the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 file photo, prominent South Sudanese activist and economist Peter Biar Ajak prepares to embrace his wife Nyathon Hoth Mai, left, as she weeps after he was sentenced to two years in prison, in a courtroom in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A lawyer said Friday, Jan 3, 2020 that the prominent South Sudan activist and economist has not been freed from prison despite being pardoned in a presidential decree. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

Prominent South Sudan activist released from prison

Jan. 4, 2020 2:33 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A prominent South Sudan activist and economist was freed from prison Saturday after a presidential pardon and said he will return to his work to ensure peace goes forward in the country after years of civil war. Peter Biar Ajak in a brief statement to reporters said his detention...

In this Nov. 27, 2019 photo, Patrice Gaudensio, a refugee artist from South Sudan poses for a portrait during an exhibition titled

Fleeing war, poverty, African migrants face racism in Egypt

Jan. 2, 2020 1:08 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two Sudanese sisters, Seham and Ekhlas Bashir, were walking their children home from elementary school in a Cairo neighborhood when a group of Egyptian teenagers crowded around them. The boys taunted them, calling them “slave” and other slurs. Then they tried to rip off Ekhlas'...

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 photo, Christians march through the streets to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Khartoum Bahri, Sudan, north of the capital Khartoum. More than eight months after the army forced out long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who upheld harsh interpretations of Islamic laws, Sudanese Christians are hoping for more religious freedom. (AP Photo/Mohamed Okasha)

Sudan's Christians enjoy holiday amid hope for new freedoms

Dec. 26, 2019 7:13 PM EST

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Sudanese Christian marchers weaved through bustling markets and traffic-clogged streets wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts or colorful traditional robes known as thobes. “Glory to God in the highest. And on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men,” a speaker...

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Dec. 25, 2019 6:53 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered in St....

US hits 2 more South Sudanese officials with sanctions

Dec. 16, 2019 12:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on two South Sudanese officials accused of undermining peace efforts in the African nation. The Treasury and the State Department announced they had added South Sudan's defense minister and minister of cabinet affairs to a blacklist...

South Sudan allocates $40M to help integrate rival forces

Dec. 13, 2019 10:29 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s government has allocated $40 million to speed up the integration of its soldiers with armed opposition fighters to create a unified national army as the country emerges from a five-year civil war. This comes amid face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir...

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Dec. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly...