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People prepare the terrace of their restaurant in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, Thursday, May 28, 2020. France is reopening its restaurants, bars and cafes starting next week as the country eases most restrictions amid the coronavirus crisis. Edouard Philippe defended the gradual lifting of lockdown up to now, saying the strategy was meant to avoid provoking a second wave. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: U.N. chief warns of historic levels of famine

May. 28, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. — U.N. chief warns of historic levels of famine. — South Africa eases...

Rwandan sentenced to life in prison for key role in genocide

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Thursday sentenced to life in prison one of the most wanted men in the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed. Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a bounty of up to $5 million on his head, had...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, main opposition party presidential candidate Agathon Rwasa speaks to the media after casting his vote in the presidential election, in Ciri, Ngozi province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Dorcas Nininahazwe, File)

Burundi opposition candidate goes to court to challenge vote

May. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi's top opposition leader went to the constitutional court Thursday to challenge the results of this month’s presidential election, alleging the vote was rigged in favor of the ruling party candidate. “We’ve seen a lot of irregularities,” Agathon...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

Indians wearing face masks as prevention against the coronavirus walk past a roadside bookshop in Bengaluru, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. For a seventh consecutive day India reported a record single-day jump in new virus cases. India has been easing its lockdown, with domestic flights resuming Monday at a fraction of normal. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India surpasses 150,000 virus cases

May. 27, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases with another...

In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 photo, an Ethiopian domestic worker cleans her employer's balcony, in Beirut, Lebanon. Some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction workers — are growing more desperate as a crippling economic and financial crisis sets in, coupled with coronavirus restrictions. With no functioning airports and exorbitant costs of repatriation flights, many are trapped, unable to go home. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon's migrant workers' plight worsens as crises multiply

May. 26, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Long before the pandemic struck, they lived and worked in conditions that rights groups called exploitative — low wages, long hours, no labor law protections. Now, some 250,000 registered migrant laborers in Lebanon — maids, garbage collectors, farm hands and construction...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, ruling party presidential candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye casts his vote in the presidential election, in Giheta, Gitega province, Burundi. The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, was on Monday, May 25, 2020 declared the winner of the country's presidential election according to the election commission, with main opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa coming second and claiming that the elections were marred by fraud. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza, File)

Ruling party's candidate wins Burundi's presidential poll

May. 25, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election. Ndayishimiye won with 69% of the vote in the election which took place on May 20, the country's election commission announced Monday. Because he...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, 19, right, and Najin, 30, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino - population, two - by in-vitro fertilization has been hampered by travel restrictions caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies

May. 25, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

NANYUKI, Kenya (AP) — It’s not quite a case of coitus interruptus, but efforts to create a very special baby are definitely on hold. Blame the pandemic. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino subspecies — population, two — by in-vitro fertilization...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter -- a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being released Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. Omar provides details about her life, as she went from a refugee and immigrant to congresswoman for Minnesota. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks...

Rev. Paul Machira preaches and sings to residents in an apartment block in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The Kenyan pastor has taken his church service for children on the road due to coronavirus restrictions and preaches from parking lots outside apartment buildings while kids and their parents dance on balconies above. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

Balcony church gains popularity in Kenya amid pandemic

May. 23, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

KIAMBU, Kenya (AP) — A groovy rendition of “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands” blasts from speakers outside an apartment block in the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Children, some in diapers, dance on the balconies above, accompanied by their parents, to the tunes bellowed out by...