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Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

Aug. 14, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women known as...

Mozambique's leader blames 'war' in north on wealth-seekers

Aug. 14, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The “war” in northern Mozambique is the fault of people who want to divide the country for its wealth, President Filipe Nyusi said Friday during a visit to the region, days after Islamic extremists seized a key port there. The president’s comments, posted on social...

Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years in prison

Aug. 14, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A court in Angola has sentenced the son of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes. The Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno do Santos, former head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and three other defendants for...

France pays homage to six French aid workers killed in Niger

Aug. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Jean Castex paid homage on Friday to six French aid workers killed last week in Niger, saying they were likely victims of the same kind of hate behind the 2015 terror attack on a French music hall. Castex bowed his head before the six coffins draped in blue aligned in a special...

Demonstrator opposed to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara running for a third term confront riot police in Abidjan Thursday Aug. 13, 2020. Ouattara announced earlier that he had accepted the ruling party's nomination and will run for a third presidential term in Octobre. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Opposition marches against Ivory Coast president's candidacy

Aug. 13, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition and civil society groups demonstrated Thursday in Ivory Coast’s city of Abidjan against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in October elections. Main access roads to the West African nation’s economic capital were...

The MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, can bee seen from the coast or Mauritius, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Anxious residents of this Indian Ocean island nation have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves in an effort to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores. (AP Photo/ Kooghen Modeliar-Vyapooree-L'express Maurice)

Grounded ship emptied of oil, but heavy damage for Mauritius

Aug. 13, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Almost all the remaining oil has been pumped from a Japanese ship that ran aground off Mauritius, but its initial spill of 1,000 tons of fuel has severely damaged the Indian Ocean island's coral reefs and once pristine coast, environmental groups said Thursday. Nearly all the 3,000 tons...

At least 17 killed in political unrest in southern Ethiopia

Aug. 13, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 17 people have been killed in southern Ethiopia during protests that followed the weekend arrests of local officials, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission confirmed Thursday. The dead include children. Security forces met the protests with force after the arrests of...

Nurses collect the data of people about to get tested for COVID-19 at a testing center in the capital Kigali, Rwanda, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Like many countries, Rwanda is finding it impossible to test each of its citizens for the coronavirus amid shortages of supplies but researchers there have created an innovative approach using an algorithm to refine the process of pooled testing that's drawing attention beyond the African continent. (AP Photo)

Limited COVID-19 testing? Researchers in Rwanda have an idea

Aug. 13, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Like many countries, Rwanda is finding it impossible to test each of its citizens for the coronavirus amid shortages of supplies. But researchers there have created an approach that’s drawing attention beyond the African continent. They are using an algorithm to refine the...

People wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, sit on chairs whilst queuing to be screened and tested for COVID-19 in Eldorado Park outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Africa begins continent-wide study of COVID-19 antibodies

Aug. 13, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An Africa-wide study of antibodies to the coronavirus has begun, while evidence from a smaller study indicates that many more people have been infected than official numbers show, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Experts are eager to know the real...

Liberia's vice president confirmed to have coronavirus

Aug. 13, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s health ministry has confirmed that the vice president, who was flown to Ghana on Tuesday for medical care, has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials initially denied that Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor was ill with the coronavirus. She is an ex-wife of...

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France pays homage to six French aid workers killed in Niger

Aug. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Jean Castex paid homage on Friday to six French aid workers killed last week in Niger, saying they were likely victims of the same kind of hate behind the 2015 terror attack on a French music hall. Castex bowed his head before the six coffins draped in blue aligned in a special...

Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years in prison

Aug. 14, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A court in Angola has sentenced the son of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes. The Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno do Santos, former head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, and three other defendants for...

Mozambique's leader blames 'war' in north on wealth-seekers

Aug. 14, 2020 8:07 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The “war” in northern Mozambique is the fault of people who want to divide the country for its wealth, President Filipe Nyusi said Friday during a visit to the region, days after Islamic extremists seized a key port there. The president’s comments, posted on social...

In this image made from video, Purity Amleset, 24, right, and other female wildlife rangers from

Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

Aug. 14, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women known as...

FILE - In this July 26, 2019 file photo, holiday makers walk at al Sokhna beach in Suez, Egypt. The burkini, a swimsuit worn by conservative Muslims to cover the entire body, is scorned in many upper class Egyptian circles where it and the headscarf is seen as lower class. Women who wear the burkini or headscarves can face discrimination in upper-class beach resorts or in bars or clubs, though across Egypt the majority of women wear conservative dress. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Conflicting tan lines: The burkini raises debate in Egypt

Aug. 14, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The woman accosted Yasmeen Samir as she swam with her family at a pool in a resort on the North Coast, a stretch of Mediterranean beaches reserved for Egypt’s upper echelons. The reason: Samir was wearing a burkini, a swimsuit worn by conservative Muslims to cover the entire body. Soon...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: US envoy: UAE-Israel deal 'huge win' for Trump

Aug. 13, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Here is the Latest following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel will open diplomatic ties in a deal halting Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian land: 11:55 p.m. UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. ambassador to the United...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Jerusalem.  In a nationally broadcast statement, Netanyahu said the “full and official peace” with the UAE would lead to cooperation in many spheres between the countries and a “wonderful future” for citizens of both countries. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

UAE and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties

Aug. 13, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday they are establishing full diplomatic relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians. The historic deal delivered a key foreign policy...

At least 17 killed in political unrest in southern Ethiopia

Aug. 13, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 17 people have been killed in southern Ethiopia during protests that followed the weekend arrests of local officials, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission confirmed Thursday. The dead include children. Security forces met the protests with force after the arrests of...

Demonstrator opposed to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara running for a third term confront riot police in Abidjan Thursday Aug. 13, 2020. Ouattara announced earlier that he had accepted the ruling party's nomination and will run for a third presidential term in Octobre. (AP Photo/Diomande Ble Blonde)

Opposition marches against Ivory Coast president's candidacy

Aug. 13, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition and civil society groups demonstrated Thursday in Ivory Coast’s city of Abidjan against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in October elections. Main access roads to the West African nation’s economic capital were...