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More than 200 naked inmates on run in Uganda after jailbreak

Sep. 16, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan forces are searching for more than 200 naked inmates who escaped jail, broke into an armory, then stripped and fled into a remote wilderness area in the country's northeast. At least three people, a soldier and two of the 219 escapees, died in the firefight, according to...

UN raises alarm over refugee killings in Uganda settlement

Sep. 15, 2020 5:04 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says it is “saddened and alarmed” after at least 10 refugees were killed in an attack last week by local residents in northern Uganda amid tensions over increasingly scarce resources. At least 19 others were injured in the dispute,...

Ugandan police nab man entering parliament with severed head

Sep. 14, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Monday arrested a man attempting to enter the parliamentary building in the capital carrying the severed head of a child in a wrapped gift box. Police said in a statement that the victim was a child of about five to eight years, giving no more details. Police...

Uganda, Tanzania agree to build long heated oil pipeline

Sep. 13, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the construction of what they say will be the world's longest heated oil pipeline, linking Uganda's planned oil fields in the country's west to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and...

Uganda seeks to register online bloggers ahead of election

Sep. 8, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Authorities in Uganda say bloggers and others publishing or broadcasting online must register with authorities, drawing criticism from some who see it as an attack on free speech ahead of next year's election. The Uganda Communications Commission in a statement on Monday said...

The congregation practises social-distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus during a Sunday mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, Nigeria Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

As Africa's COVID-19 cases rise, faith is put to the test

Sep. 5, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the patience of some religious leaders across Africa who worry they will lose followers, and funding, as restrictions on gatherings continue. Some evangelical Christian leaders in Uganda have launched a campaign with the now-universal phrase of...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus walk along a street in the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Beijing airport receives international flights

Sep. 2, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

BEIJING — Beijing’s main international airport on Thursday began again receiving international flights from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, Canada and Sweden, must have...

Bobi Wine, a singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at the National Unity Platform (NUP) head office in the Kamwokya suburb of Kampala, Uganda Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Bobi Wine, who spoke on Monday to answer questions swirling around his age and academic record, cited

Uganda's Bobi Wine complains of threats to presidential bid

Aug. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan singer and opposition politician Bobi Wine said on Monday he faces “a pattern of repression and suppression” seeking to derail his bid to challenge the country's long-time president in elections next year. A Ugandan attorney claims that Wine, whose real name is...

Police say lightning kills 10 children in remote Uganda town

Aug. 28, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ten children have been killed in a lightning strike in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border, Ugandan police said Friday. The children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were sheltering from the rain in a grass-thatched house when the lightning struck Thursday evening. They had...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, students of the Robert-Koch vocational college sit with face masks in the classroom during computer science lessons in Dortmund, Germany. Despite a spike in coronavirus infections, authorities in Europe are determined to send children back to school. At least 41 of Berlin’s 825 schools reported virus cases as classes resumed this month, and thousands of students have been quarantined around the country. But Germany is determined not to close schools anew, so they're sending individual students or classes into quarantine instead. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Case by case: How nations are going back to school -- or not

Aug. 27, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. says it's urgent to get kids back to schools after months-long coronavirus lockdowns, but with the virus still raging in parts of the United States and resurging in countries from South Korea to France, Spain and Britain, medical authorities are urging caution. Governments are taking...