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Israel orders new evacuations in Gaza's last refuge of Rafah as it expands military offensive

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel ordered new evacuations in Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Saturday, forcing tens of thousands more people to leave as it prepared to expand its military operation deeper into what is considered Gaza's last refuge, i...

 

There's progress reported in Gaza truce talks, but Israel downplays chances of ending war with Hamas

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A delegation of the Palestinian militant group Hamas was in Cairo on Saturday as Egyptian state media reported "noticeable progress" in cease-fire talks with Israel, though an Israeli official downplayed the prospects for a f...

 

Israelis grapple with how to celebrate Passover, a holiday about freedom, while many remain captive

JERUSALEM (AP) — Every year, Alon Gat's mother led the family's Passover celebration of the liberation of the ancient Israelites from Egypt thousands of years ago. But this year, Gat is struggling with how to reconcile a holiday commemorating f...

 

For families of hostages, it's a race against time as Israel's war reaches six-month mark

JERUSALEM (AP) — It's the last wish of a dying mother, to be with her daughter once more. But six months into Israel's war against Hamas, time is running out for Liora Argamani, who hopes to stay alive long enough to see her kidnapped daughter c...

 

Western officials: Niger junta warned they'd kill deposed president after any military intervention

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's junta told a top U.S. diplomat that they would kill deposed President Mohamed Bazoum if neighboring countries attempted any military intervention to restore his rule, two Western officials told The Associated Press. T...

 

Niger's president vows democracy will prevail after mutinous soldiers detain him and declare a coup

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's president defiantly declared Thursday that democracy would prevail, a day after mutinous soldiers detained him and announced they had seized power in a coup because of the West African country's deteriorating security s...

 

Unmarked Senegal beach graves hold untold number of West African migrants, officials and locals say

SAINT-LOUIS, Senegal (AP) — The small mounds of sand that dot the beach in northern Senegal blend into the terrain. But thick rope juts out from beneath the piles. Pieces of black plastic bags are scattered nearby, and green netting is strewn on t...

 

Mass killing of civilians by security forces in Burkina Faso

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The accounts are horrific. Women killed while carrying babies on their backs, the wounded hunted down and villagers watching the execution of their neighbors, fearing they'd be next. These are some of the atrocities allegedly p... Full story

 

Civilians escape Kherson after Russian strikes on freed city

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Fleeing shelling, civilians on Saturday streamed out of the southern Ukrainian city whose recapture they had celebrated just weeks earlier. The exodus from Kherson came as Ukraine solemnly remembered a Stalin-era famine and s...

 

Families reunited following Russian retreat in Ukraine

TSENTRALNE, Ukraine (AP) — Relatives embraced in the middle of the road. They squeezed hands and choked back tears. Others sobbed outside their homes. All had yearned for this same moment — to be reunited with their loved ones after Russian tro...

 

Zelenskyy calls liberation of Kherson 'beginning of the end'

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy triumphantly walked the streets of the newly liberated city of Kherson on Monday, hailing Russia's withdrawal as the "beginning of the end of the war," but also acknowledging the heavy price U...

 

Soldiers say military junta now controls Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen mutinous soldiers declared Monday on state television that a military junta had seized control of Burkina Faso after detaining the democratically elected president following a day of gunbattles in th...

 

Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire h...

 

Tense 1st meeting of South Sudan armed leaders since peace

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Stepping out of a helicopter last week, South Sudan armed opposition commander Ashab Khamis came face-to-face with his rival in a crushing five-year civil war, army Gen. Keer Kiir Keer. The meeting, witnessed by The A...

 

South Africa to invest $1 billion in South Sudan oil sector

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's oil minister says South Africa will invest $1 billion into the war-torn country's oil sector in what would be the largest investment in the East African country's history. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth confirmed F...

 

Fighting breaks out in South Sudan 2 days after peace deal

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Fighting has broken out in South Sudan two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a "final final" peace agreement to end the civil war. Each side blames the other for the attacks. Clashes erupted Frida...

 

Oil-rich South Sudan to resume production in war-hit region

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Emboldened by a new peace deal, civil war-torn South Sudan says it will resume oil production in a key region next month to make up for more than $4 billion of revenue lost during years of fighting. South Sudan, with A...

 

South Sudan's warring sides agree to permanent cease-fire

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's warring parties on Wednesday agreed to a permanent cease-fire to take effect in 72 hours, as long-suffering citizens wondered whether this latest attempt at peace would fall apart as well. South Sudan's g...

 

'I can go days without eating': Hunger rises in South Sudan

KANDAK, South Sudan (AP) — "I'm afraid I'll starve to death," said Gatdin Bol. Curled on a dirt floor, the frail 65-year-old said he survives only by eating fruit from the trees in this remote South Sudanese town in the shadow of civil war. Three m...

 

South Sudan oil money corruptly funds civil war, say reports

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's state-owned oil company has been "captured by predatory elites" and is being used to fund the country's civil war, including a government-aligned militia accused of human rights abuses, according reports by two...

 

Oil-rich South Sudan faces fuel shortage as 'people suffer'

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — "In September there was no fuel anywhere," Samson Kamuya says. The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He's been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan's capital, Juba, to no avail. Wedged among hundreds of c...

 

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