Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Europe 09/23/18, 15:54

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by ...

Update: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat’s registration

Europe 09/23/18, 14:19

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):8:10 p.m.Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals.Panama's maritime authority said in a statement that Italy contends ...

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Africa 09/23/18, 12:10

Burials started Sunday of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania's State broadcaster said Sunday.Coffins for the victims of the MV Nyerere passenger ferry are transported by another ferry to Ukara Island, Tanzania Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The death toll soared past 200 on ...

Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

Africa 09/22/18, 13:22

Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges.The ruling by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal, Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir ...

Update: Maldives police raid opposition’s main office

Africa 09/22/18, 10:59

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):7:45 p.m.Police in the Maldives say they have raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on the eve of an election that is seen as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country.A Maldivian election worker ...

US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabab after US attacked in Somalia

Africa 09/22/18, 10:02

A U.S. military airstrike has killed 18 al-Shabab extremists after U.S. and local forces on the ground came under attack in southern Somalia, the U.S. Africa Command said Saturday.No U.S. or Somali forces were killed or injured in the attack, an AFRICOM spokesman, Nate Herring, told The Associated Press. The ...

Update: Survivor found after 2 days in Tanzania capsized ferry

Africa 09/22/18, 07:11

The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A Tanzanian official says a survivor has been found in a capsized ferry two days after the deadly disaster on Lake Victoria. Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella tells reporters that the engineer was found near the engine of the vessel. After hearing knocking ...

Death toll rises to 167 in Tanzania ferry disaster

Africa 09/22/18, 06:46

A Tanzanian official says the death toll from a capsized ferry on Lake Victoria has risen to 167 while wooden coffins have arrived at the scene.The government's Chief Secretary John Kijazi spoke to reporters after the country's president ordered the arrests of those responsible for the disaster.The badly overloaded ferry ...

Raw sewage in streets: Cholera is Zimbabwe’s latest crisis

Africa 09/22/18, 05:16

Raw sewage flows freely in some streets of Zimbabwe's capital, posing a deadly challenge to the recently elected president who has promised the troubled country a new dawn.A cholera outbreak has killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 7,000 as it spreads beyond Harare, posing the latest crisis ...