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Athlete guilty in green card case after incriminating text

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former pro soccer player from Liberia has been convicted of lying about his marriage to a Rhode Island woman in order to gain permanent legal residency in the U.S. Authorities started investigating after a U.S immigration official examining a phone belonging to the man's wife saw...

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Jul. 16, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their...

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members. The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them...

Nigeria Shia group says 2 killed in anti-government protests

Jul. 12, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Members of Nigeria's pro-Iran Shia Muslim sect, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, say two of their members were killed and several injured in the northern city of Kaduna when police fired on an anti-government demonstration. The group said in a statement on Friday that the killings...

Nigerian police disperse anti-government protests by Shiites

Jul. 11, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse anti-government demonstrations by Shiite Muslims in the capital, Abuja, and the northwestern city of Kaduna. The protesters were demanding the release of Shiite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed since 2015. The...

UN says 10 peacekeepers wounded by mine in northern Mali

Jul. 11, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says 10 U.N. peacekeepers were injured, four seriously, when a vehicle hit a mine during an operation outside Kidal city in northern Mali. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the U.N. Mission in Mali is investigating the incident early Thursday involving the...

Ivory Coast passes legislation encouraged by Ivanka Trump

Jul. 9, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is applauding the recent passage of legislation in Ivory Coast related to changes she pushed during her April trip to Africa. The country is in the process of updating its family code to make it more equitable to women — a move President Donald Trump's eldest daughter...

Alleged extremist tortured in Mali, lawyer tells Hague court

Jul. 8, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A defense lawyer for an alleged jihadist leader from Mali accused International Criminal Court prosecutors Monday of ignoring claims that her client was tortured in custody and called into question a judge's impartiality. Prosecutors, meanwhile, alleged that the suspect was...

Intl court convicts Congo rebel leader known as 'Terminator'

Jul. 8, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Monday convicted a notorious rebel commander known as "The Terminator" of 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery for his role in atrocities in a bloody ethnic conflict in a mineral-rich...

African leaders to launch continent-wide free trade zone

Jul. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African heads of state gathered in Niger's capital Sunday to launch a continentwide free trade area that represents an estimated market of $3.4 trillion. The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to...