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UN: December massacre in Congo left 535 people dead

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Intercommunal violence that left at 535 people dead in western Congo may amount to crimes against humanity, according to a report by United Nations investigators released on Tuesday that cited witnesses saying village chiefs helped plan the violence. The massacre took place over three days in December, not long before the … Continue reading UN: December massacre in Congo left 535 people dead

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

Top US diplomat suggests taking Cameroon to global forum

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The top United States diplomat to Africa says perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.” An exasperated Tibor Nagy told reporters on Tuesday that “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on.” Some … Continue reading Top US diplomat suggests taking Cameroon to global forum

Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi … Continue reading Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

ALPHONSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — A British-led scientific mission to document changes taking place beneath the Indian Ocean has broadcast its first live, television-quality video transmission from a two-person submersible. Monsoon storms and fierce underwater currents continued to present a challenge at greater depths as scientific work began in earnest on Tuesday off the Seychelles. … Continue reading Indian Ocean exploration mission makes historic broadcast

US joins Ethiopian-led investigation at plane crash site

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A team of U.S. aviation experts has arrived in Ethiopia to join an investigation into Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people. As questions grow about the new Boeing plane involved in the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration said late Monday it is at the crash … Continue reading US joins Ethiopian-led investigation at plane crash site

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

Boeing’s stock takes a hit as more Max 8 planes are grounded

BEIJING (AP) — Boeing’s stock plunged Monday as the list of countries and airlines grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes continued to grow the day after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, drawing renewed scrutiny … Continue reading Boeing’s stock takes a hit as more Max 8 planes are grounded

Ex-VP of Congo seeks damages over war crime convictions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A former vice president of Congo who was acquitted on appeal of war crimes in Central African Republic is seeking millions of euros (dollars) in compensation from the International Criminal Court, his lawyers said Monday. Lawyers for Jean-Pierre Bemba last week filed an application asking judges at the global court … Continue reading Ex-VP of Congo seeks damages over war crime convictions

Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Twelve newborn babies have died in Tunisia after acquiring infections at the public maternity hospital where they were born prematurely, the country’s interim health minister reported Monday. Sonia Ben Sheikh, who hastily took over when Tunisia’s health minister resigned amid growing outrage, said during a news conference in Tunis that the … Continue reading Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection

3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Authorities in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft Monday following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people, and investigators found the flight recorders from the field where the plane went down. The new plane crashed shortly after takeoff in clear weather outside … Continue reading 3 nations ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after Ethiopia crash

Sudan’s lawmakers approve 6-month state of emergency

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s Parliament says lawmakers have approved a state of emergency across the county, but shortened an initial proposal to six months. It says lawmakers on Monday discussed President Omar al-Bashir’s February decision to declare a yearlong state of emergency. Parliament can extend the term after it expires. Al-Bashir also disbanded the federal … Continue reading Sudan’s lawmakers approve 6-month state of emergency

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: ETHIOPIA, CHINA GROUND BOEING JETS AMID GLOBAL MOURNING Ethiopian Airlines grounds all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and Chinese aviation officials do the same the day after a crash in Addis Ababa killed all 157 on … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

Ethiopia mourns crash victims as plane’s ‘black box’ found

EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia marked a day of mourning and the plane’s damaged “black box” of data was … Continue reading Ethiopia mourns crash victims as plane’s ‘black box’ found

China orders MAX 8 planes grounded after Ethiopia crash

BEIJING (AP) — China’s civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes indefinitely on Monday after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order is to take effect by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Monday. It said the order, issued Monday … Continue reading China orders MAX 8 planes grounded after Ethiopia crash

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed at a military airport south of the capital Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule have gripped Algeria. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks at a Swiss hospital where he went for medical treatment. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in … Continue reading Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline. It accounts for the nationalities of 150 of the 157 people believed to … Continue reading A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

No survivors on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight: state TV

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people thought to be on board, the airline and state broadcaster said. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been … Continue reading No survivors on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight: state TV

The Latest: Ethiopia state TV says all on crashed plane dead

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines says the among the dead in the crash Sunday are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians. Asrat Begashaw said that 31 other nationalities were also among those on board the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane … Continue reading The Latest: Ethiopia state TV says all on crashed plane dead

All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new … Continue reading All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes after takeoff

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight with 157 people thought to be on board crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Ethiopia’s capital headed to Nairobi, the airline said. The airline’s statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on board the Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes … Continue reading Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes after takeoff

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi involved in fatal crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian prime minister’s office says an Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported. The office issued a statement Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement gave no details. A spokesman for the airline … Continue reading Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi involved in fatal crash

Ebola treatment center in Congo is attacked again; 1 dead

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo’s deadly outbreak on Saturday, with one police officer killed and health workers injured. The early-morning attack in Butembo came less than a week after the treatment center reopened following an attack last month, which forced aid group … Continue reading Ebola treatment center in Congo is attacked again; 1 dead

Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths

ALPHONSE ATOLL, Seychelles (AP) — Explorers are set to deliver the first live video broadcast from deep below an ocean’s surface. Early next week, a submersible is expected to dive to 300 meters (nearly 1,000 feet) off the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and send images to a satellite transmitter on the mother ship. The … Continue reading Explorers to send 1st live video broadcast from ocean depths