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Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray carry their furniture on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The elderly woman waits for her family with their two cows they brought with them at center. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

Dec. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal...

Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine shows a photograph depicting a victim of recent electoral-related violence in the country, at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Wine said Wednesday after meeting the head of the country's electoral body that he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality after police shot his car tires and fired rubber bullets that injured his bodyguards and supporters. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine resumes campaign

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine said Wednesday he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality. Wine spoke to journalists in the capital, Kampala, after meeting the head of the country’s electoral body. He...

UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled

Dec. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s...

Government officials are seen at the sight of an abandoned mine where artisanal miners are trapped underground in Bindura about 70 kilometres northeast of the capital Harare, Tuesday, Dec, 1, 2020.  Artisanal miners illegally digging for gold in a disused shaft blasted a support pillar resulting in them being trapped. A government rescue agency says 10 miners are still trapped under the rabble with hopes of finding survivors diminishing after rescuers retrieved one body on Monday according to a government spokesman.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Rescue efforts slowed a week after Zimbabwe mine collapse

Dec. 1, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Rains and flooding have slowed rescue efforts at a Zimbabwean mine where a shaft collapsed last week, trapping at least 10 artisanal miners. Hopes of finding survivors are vanishing and relatives camped at the site on Tuesday expressed their desperation for decent burials of their...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

UN: 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya are a 'serious crisis'

Dec. 2, 2020 12:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The top U.N. official for Libya said Wednesday there are at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in the war-torn nation, and warned of a “serious crisis” as weapons continue pouring into the North African country. “That is a shocking violation of Libyan...

Laboratory technicians test a blood sample for HIV infection at the Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) in Johannesburg, Thursday, Nov. 26 2020. The successful trials of a new injectable drug that needs to be taken every eight weeks to prevent HIV infection is being lauded on World AIDS Day as a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that's been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

On World AIDS Day, South Africa finds hope in new treatment

Dec. 1, 2020 5:17 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Health officials are hoping that new, long-acting drugs to help prevent HIV infection will be a turning point for the fight against a global health threat that’s been eclipsed by the coronavirus pandemic. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the new drug in a...

Tigrayan women who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, pray during Sunday Mass at a church, near Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN: Food has run out for nearly 100,000 refugees in Ethiopia

Dec. 1, 2020 8:59 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the...

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responds to questions from members of parliament at the prime minister's office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The fugitive leader of Ethiopia's defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues

'Stop the madness,' Tigray leader urges Ethiopia's PM

Nov. 30, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo, Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, wait to receive aid at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan. A key U.N. aid agency says needs for humanitarian assistance have ballooned this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people — who together would make up the world's fifth most-populous country — are likely to require such help next year for troubles like the pandemic as well as war, forced migration and the impact of global warming (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN: Pandemic to fan surge in humanitarian needs in 2021

Dec. 1, 2020 4:06 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian office says needs for assistance have ballooned to unprecedented levels this year because of COVID-19, projecting that a staggering 235 million people will require help in 2021. This comes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and global challenges including conflicts,...

A worker sanitises the area used by migrants at the Arguineguin port, on the southwestern coast of the Gran Canaria island, Spain on Monday Nov. 30, 2020. Spain has dismantled most of the temporary camp for migrant processing that for over three months became known as the

Spain dismantles migrants' 'dock of shame' in Canary Islands

Nov. 30, 2020 9:01 AM EST

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities have dismantled a makeshift camp for migrant processing that for over three months was known as the “dock of shame” for holding thousands of Africans in squalor after they arrived in the Canary Islands. The Spanish government’s delegation...

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Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine shows a photograph depicting a victim of recent electoral-related violence in the country, at the Electoral Commission in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Wine said Wednesday after meeting the head of the country's electoral body that he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality after police shot his car tires and fired rubber bullets that injured his bodyguards and supporters. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan opposition candidate Bobi Wine resumes campaign

Dec. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential hopeful and musician Bobi Wine said Wednesday he would resume his campaign after suspending it in protest over police brutality. Wine spoke to journalists in the capital, Kampala, after meeting the head of the country’s electoral body. He...

Stephanie Williams, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Libya's warring sides have agreed to hold nationwide elections in December next year, the top U.N. official for the North African country said Friday in a sign of progress from the U.N.-brokered peace talks underway in Tunisia. (AP Photo/Walid Haddad)

UN: 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya are a 'serious crisis'

Dec. 2, 2020 12:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The top U.N. official for Libya said Wednesday there are at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in the war-torn nation, and warned of a “serious crisis” as weapons continue pouring into the North African country. “That is a shocking violation of Libyan...

Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray carry their furniture on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The elderly woman waits for her family with their two cows they brought with them at center. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

Dec. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal...

UN says it and Ethiopia have signed a deal to allow "unimpeded" humanitarian access to the embattled Tigray region

Dec. 2, 2020 4:12 AM EST
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — UN says it and Ethiopia have signed a deal to allow "unimpeded" humanitarian access to the embattled Tigray region.
Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

UN experts: South Sudan's latest peace effort has stalled

Dec. 1, 2020 11:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say South Sudan’s latest peace effort has stalled, with the coalition government formed in February failing to meet deadlines and President Salva Kiir locking opposition leader and now First Vice President Riek Machar “out of the government’s...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Álvarez (26) and Portland Timbers midfielder Marvin Loria (44) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer match in Carson, Calif.  Álvarez started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9 exhibition against El Salvador in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter will try to persuade him and other dual nationals to commit to the U.S. program. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Alvarez, Perea among dual nationals recruited by US soccer

Dec. 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST

Part of Gregg Berhalter’s job as U.S. national team coach is to be a salesman. Efraín Álvarez, an 18-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder, started for Mexico in last year’s final of the Under-17 World Cup and is among several dual nationals at American training camp this week ahead of a Dec. 9...

Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 3 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Pinder ($2,275,000), Smith ($705,000) reach deals with A's

Dec. 1, 2020 7:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Utilityman Chad Pinder reached a $2,275,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics a day before Wednesday's deadline for teams to offer deals to unsigned players on their rosters. In addition, right-hander Burch Smith agreed to a $705,000, one-year deal. Pinder returned from a...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday, Dec. 1, about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nestle, Cargill at high court in child labor case

Dec. 1, 2020 3:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child slave labor. The court was hearing arguments in the case by phone because of...

Government officials are seen at the sight of an abandoned mine where artisanal miners are trapped underground in Bindura about 70 kilometres northeast of the capital Harare, Tuesday, Dec, 1, 2020.  Artisanal miners illegally digging for gold in a disused shaft blasted a support pillar resulting in them being trapped. A government rescue agency says 10 miners are still trapped under the rabble with hopes of finding survivors diminishing after rescuers retrieved one body on Monday according to a government spokesman.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Rescue efforts slowed a week after Zimbabwe mine collapse

Dec. 1, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Rains and flooding have slowed rescue efforts at a Zimbabwean mine where a shaft collapsed last week, trapping at least 10 artisanal miners. Hopes of finding survivors are vanishing and relatives camped at the site on Tuesday expressed their desperation for decent burials of their...