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US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Jan. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the...

This satellite photo combo provided Sunday Jan. 17, 2021 by Planet Labs, Inc. shows the destruction of U.N. World Food Program warehouses at the Shimelba refugee camp in Ethiopia's Tigray region on Jan. 5, 2021, bottom center left, and before it was destroyed on Dec. 10, 2020, top. Starvation threatens the survivors of fighting in Tigray, and authorities say more than 4.5 million people need emergency food. Food supplies have been a target in the conflict, experts say. (2021 Planet Labs, Inc via AP)

Report: Images show latest 'attack' on Ethiopia refugee camp

Jan. 17, 2021 7:02 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — New satellite images of a refugee camp in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region show more than 400 structures have been badly damaged in what a research group believes is the latest “intentional attack” by fighters. The report by the U.K.-based DX Open Network...

In this Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Catholic Relief Services, people affected by the conflict in Tigray load food aid provided by USAID and Catholic Relief Services onto a donkey cart to be tansported to their home, outside Mekele, Ethiopia. From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people, or nearly the entire population, need emergency food. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after weeks of pleading with Ethiopia for access describe weakened children dying from diarrhea after drinking from rivers, and shops that were looted or depleted weeks ago. (Catholic Relief Services via AP)

'Extreme urgent need': Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

Jan. 17, 2021 4:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access...

Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda, Friday,Jan. 15, 2021, one day after Ugandans went to the polls. Uganda’s electoral commission says President Yoweri Museveni leads in Thursday’s election with results in from 29% of polling stations. He has 63% of ballots while top opposition candidate Bobi Wine has 28%. Wine, a popular singer-turned-lawmaker half the president’s age, alleges that the vote in the East African country was rigged. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine says military enters home

Jan. 15, 2021 1:27 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine said Friday the military had entered his home and “we are in serious trouble," while the country waited for election results amid a government-ordered internet blackout and official results showed President Yoweri Museveni...

A lone woman waits to be tested for COVID-19 in the parking garage of a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday Jan. 11, 2021. South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed some hospitals, as people returning from widespread holiday travel speed the country's more infectious coronavirus variant. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

WHO says Africa to see 1st vaccine doses from COVAX in March

Jan. 14, 2021 7:56 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Africa should see the first COVID-19 vaccine doses in March from the global COVAX effort aimed at helping lower-income countries obtain the shots, the World Health Organization’s Africa chief said Thursday, as deaths on the continent are rapidly rising. Matshidiso Moeti told...

Watchdog: More than 80 dead in new massacre in Ethiopia

Jan. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it has received information that over 80 civilians were killed early Tuesday in the latest massacre in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region. “These harrowing killings have to stop,” senior adviser Aaron Maasho said....

A health worker checks the temperature of an elderly patient at the emergency entrance of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, which is battling an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Official: Africa secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

Jan. 12, 2021 11:30 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African Union has secured close to 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the largest such agreement yet for Africa, a continental official said Tuesday. Nicaise Ndembi, senior science adviser for the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press in...

Zimbabwean journalist Hopwell Chin'ono arrives at the magistrates courts in Harare, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. On Friday, Zimbabwe police arrested the prominent journalist for the third time in six months. Chin’ono posted on his Twitter account that police had picked him from his house and said they were charging him with “communicating falsehoods.”  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Arrested Zimbabwe journalist in prison isolation over COVID

Jan. 9, 2021 10:54 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwean journalist charged with communicating falsehoods has been sent to prison isolation after it emerged that he was likely exposed to people with COVID-19 prior to his arrest. Zimbabwe police on Friday arrested Hopewell Chin’ono for the third time in five...

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. Many of the hospitals outside the capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region were struck by artillery during two months of recent fighting. That's according to the first humanitarian assessment of the devastation as aid is beginning to arrive with desperately needed supplies. The scale of the damage has been largely unknown while Ethiopian forces pursue and clash with those of the now-fugitive Tigray regional leaders. Transportation and communications links were severed. People who fled the region have told The Associated Press and others of looting and the burning of homes. The new assessment does not say who fired at hospitals. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Report: Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray struck by artillery

Jan. 9, 2021 10:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Many of the hospitals in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region, outside its capital, have been struck by artillery during the two months of fighting, according to the first humanitarian assessment of the devastation as aid begins to arrive with desperately needed supplies. The...

Burundi closes borders again as COVID-19 cases on the rise

Jan. 8, 2021 10:13 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi will close its land and water borders starting Monday and all passengers passing through the Bujumbura airport will be escorted by police, the government said Friday as COVID-19 cases surge again in parts of the African continent. This is the second time the East African...