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Somali officer sentenced to death for shooting civiliansA military court in Somalia has sentenced a police officer to death in the fatal shooting of two civilians while enforcing coronavirus restrictions in April
The Associated Press5 hours ago
A state trooper speaks to participants in a protest along Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer in Ethiopia, stopped traffic on the interstate during the evening rush hour. Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group moved down the interstate. State Patrol spokesman Lt. Gordon Shank said after 8 p.m. the protesters had left the freeway, and no arrests have been made. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)
More than 80 reported killed this week in Ethiopia's unrestThe state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says more than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week
The Associated Press10 hours ago
FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator exhales smoke during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)
Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic
The Associated Press11 hours ago
New Burundi leader hints he'll take COVID-19 more seriouslyBurundi’s new president has signaled that his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his dead predecessor, calling the virus the country’s “worst enemy” and announcing new screenings
The Associated Press1 day ago
Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxationZimbabwe has reopened its national parks to the public and allowed restaurants to serve food within their premises, some relief for the country’s hospitality sector struggling from restrictions to combat the new coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
A woman holds a placard to protest against Coronavirus trials in Africa, outside the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  A protest against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial is underway as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Protest versus Africa's 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fearProtesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial have burned their face masks as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent
The Associated Press1 day ago
'Several' killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot deadEthiopia’s prime minister says “several people” have been killed in unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer this week
The Associated Press1 day ago
In this photo taken Friday, June 26, 2020, recovering coronavirus patient Harandane Toure, a teacher in his 50s, poses for a photo in his house in Timbuktu, Mali. Toure started taking malaria pills when he first spiked a fever but his illness only worsened. Doctors then told him he is among the hundreds now infected by the coronavirus in this town long fabled for how inaccessible it is from the rest of the world. (AP Photo/Sidi Yahia)
COVID-19 cases mount at the ends of the Earth in TimbuktuCOVID-19 has made its way to Timbuktu, whose name has long been synonymous with the ends of the Earth
The Associated Press1 day ago
Media await the arrival of Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to officially reopen the stadium in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, June 30, 2020. At least three mortar blasts struck the Mogadishu Stadium Tuesday evening, just hours after it was reopened by Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who had left before the shells hit, following years of instability. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Mortar shells hit after Somalia celebrates reopened stadiumAt least three mortar blasts have sent sports fans in Somalia ducking for cover, hours after the Mogadishu Stadium reopened following years of instability
The Associated Press2 days ago
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 file photo, a bust of Belgium's King Leopold II is smeared with red paint and graffiti in Tervuren, Belgium. For the first time in Belgium’s history, a reigning king has expressed regret for the violence carried out by the former colonial power when it ruled over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In a letter to the president of the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, published Tuesday June 30, 2020 — the 60th anniversary of the African country’s independence — Belgium’s King Philippe conveyed his “deepest regrets” for the “acts of violence and cruelty” and the “suffering and humiliation” inflicted on Belgian Congo. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
Congo marks 60th anniversary of independence from BelgiumCongo is marking its 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium amid a global reckoning over racial inequality
The Associated Press2 days ago
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks to the press upon arrival at Nouakchott Oumtounsy International Airport Tuesday June 30, 2020, in Nouakchott, to attend a G5 Sahel summit. Leaders from the five countries of West Africa's Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Tuesday to discuss military operations against Islamic extremists in the region, as jihadist attacks mount. The five African countries, known as the G5, have formed a joint military force that is working with France, which has thousands of troops to battle the extremists in the Sahel, the region south of the Sahara Desert. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)
French, Spanish and African leaders meet to combat extremismLeaders from the five countries of West Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — on Tuesday called for intensifying counter-terrorism operations supported by the French military that have already seen successes in the recent months despite growing jihadist attacks in the region
The Associated Press2 days ago
Somalia to delay elections by 13 months, says official Somalia’s election body says it intends to delay the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for November by 13 months, citing the country’s security problems
The Associated Press2 days ago
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020, photo, a girl pushes a cart of food at a market in Tougan, Burkina Faso. Violence linked to Islamic extremists has spread to Burkina Faso's breadbasket region, pushing thousands of people toward hunger and threatening to cut off food aid for millions more. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Virus pushes millions into hunger; UN seeks more food fundsMillions of people have been pushed into hunger by the new coronavirus, said the United Nations World Food Program
The Associated Press3 days ago
FILE — In this Wednesday June 17, 2020, file photo a health worker in personal protective gear takes a break at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said, Sunday, June 18, 2020, that the country's current surge of COVID-19 cases is expected to dramatically increase in the coming weeks and press the country's hospitals to the limit. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)
South Africa's surge of virus cases expected to rise rapidlySouth Africa’s health minister says the country's current surge of COVID-19 cases is expected to dramatically increase in the coming weeks and press the country’s hospitals to the limit
The Associated Press3 days ago
Party supporters attend the inauguration of Malawi's newly elected President Lazarus Chakwera in Lilongwe, Malawi, Sunday, June 28 2020. Chakwera is Malawi’s sixth president after winning the historic election held last week, the first time a court-overturned vote in Africa has resulted in the defeat of an incumbent leader.  (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)
Lazarus Chakwera inaugurated as Malawi's new presidentLazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as Malawi’s new president after the announcement that he won the southern African country’s rerun elections
The Associated Press4 days ago
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