Africa

Ethiopia says all aid flights to Tigray must be searched

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia’s government on Friday said all flights carrying aid to its embattled Tigray region must go through its capital for inspection...

As France plans to shrink Sahel force, jihadi threat grows

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GAO, Mali — During a grueling, weeks-long mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the...

Rights groups hail imprisonment of South Africa’s ex-leader

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NKANDLA, South Africa — Former South African President Jacob Zuma has begun serving a 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court after handing himself...

In Africa, virus ruins Olympic dreams and tests dedication

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — The dreaded test results came back positive for COVID-19 and the illness descended on South African swimmer Erin Gallagher. ...

Egypt urges UN to back call for binding deal on Ethiopia dam

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UNITED NATIONS — Egypt’s foreign minister said Wednesday he will urge the U.N. Security Council to require Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to negotiate a...

In Uganda, disputes over bills mark chaotic COVID-19 care

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KAMPALA, Uganda — Holding out for nearly $9,000 in unpaid medical bills, one hospital in Uganda allegedly refused to hand over the dead body...

Spanish police arrest 2 for migrant tragedy in Atlantic

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BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish police said Wednesday that they had arrested two people for their alleged responsibility in the deaths of more than 20...

Parents of kidnapped students in Nigeria plea for help

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KANO, Nigeria — Praying, crying and waiting for news about their children, the parents of more than 120 Nigerian students abducted by armed bandits...

South Africa’s ex-leader asks top judge to delay his arrest

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NKANDLA, South Africa — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has launched a last-ditch bid to avoid prison by asking the country’s acting chief...

As Tokyo Olympics approach, virus worries rise in Japan

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TOKYO — The pressure of hosting an Olympics during a still-active pandemic is beginning to show in Japan. ...