The Latest: US, UK teams share $10M XPRIZE award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the competition for the XPrize For Global Learning (all times local):
A US company founded by game-developer parents who wanted to help their...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall on Thursday in Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds...
GIZA, Egypt (AP) — Mohamed Salah and host Egypt will face Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the group stage of an historic African Cup of Nations this year, the first time the tournament will field 24...
Tanzania’s government announces outbreak of dengue fever
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian authorities have announced an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam and Tanga region along the coast.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The president of Tanzania has rewarded national soccer team players and officials with $5,000 each and a plot of land in the capital city for qualifying for the...
African Cup lineup confirmed as last 5 teams qualify
South Africa became the last team to qualify for the African Cup of Nations on Sunday, completing the expanded 24-team field for the finals in Egypt in June and July.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Thursday honored women from 10 countries for their courage, saying the trait "is one of the qualities we need most in society."
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government is facing international criticism over its suspension of a widely read local newspaper that reported on the depreciation of the country's...
FIFA bans referee from Tanzania for life for taking bribes
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says its ethics committee imposed a life ban on referee Oden Charles Mbaga of Tanzania for taking bribes.
FIFA says Mbaga was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($200,000)....
China backs Tanzania prison sentence for ‘ivory queen’
BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it backs Tanzania's sentencing of a Chinese woman labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail for smuggling elephant tusks, and reaffirmed its opposition to...
Chinese ivory trafficker gets 15 years in Tanzanian sentence
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant...
Vermont fire department donates gear to Tanzanian city
HYDE PARK, Vt. (AP) — A shipping container filled with firefighting gear and school supplies from Vermont will soon make its way to Tanzania. It's the result of a high school service learning trip last summer.
Opaque insurgency grinds on in gas-rich Mozambican region
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is among Africa's most opaque security challenges: A campaign of attacks by mysterious militants in an impoverished corner of Mozambique that prompted a military crackdown, leaving civilians vulnerable in a cyclical conflict that has killed at least 100 people.
Tanzania says it won’t accept gay rights as donors pull cash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's government says it's facing a difficult financial time after donors pulled funding over its treatment of the gay community, but it says it won't back down.
Finance Minister Philip Mpango told officials on Friday that many donors have encouraged Tanzania to tolerate homosexuality as a condition for aid, but he said "there is no way" the country can comply. He called the conditions "intolerable."
WWF says Tanzania dam project could hurt key wetland
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A conservation group says Tanzania's agreement with Egyptian companies to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Selous Game Reserve risks damage to an important wetland and could hurt the livelihoods of over 200,000 people who live downstream.
The WWF group criticized the project after Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion deal to construct the Stiegler's Gorge dam in the Selous wildlife area, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Tanzania agrees to construct $3 billion dam in wildlife park
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Wednesday signed a $3 billion agreement with two Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
President John Magufuli witnessed the signing of the agreement with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. The companies involved are Arab Contractors and el-Sewedy Electric, an engineering services company.
A groundbreaking beauty pageant for those with albinism
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A groundbreaking beauty pageant for people with albinism has encouraged confidence and inclusion for people who remain the target of sometimes deadly stigma in Africa.
The first Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa pageant on Friday night in Kenya's capital saw participants from Tanzania and Uganda as well.
Elizabeth James of Tanzania said she was forced to change schools as a child when people, staring and pointing, started trailing her home.
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Uganda: At least 10 die in boat accident on Lake Victoria
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan police official says at least 10 people have died in a boat accident on Lake Victoria.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said late Saturday that police marine units had pulled 40 survivors from the water.
He said search and rescue efforts will continue overnight for others believed to be trapped under the water in the completely submerged boat. He gave no details on the cause of the accident.
UN chief reports significant results against rebels in Congo
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A joint military operation by U.N. and Congolese troops to rout rebel forces from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Friday.
UN says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo's northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 10 peacekeepers also were injured and one was missing after Wednesday's operation that targeted Allied Democratic Forces rebels.
Denmark, citing human rights, withholds some aid to Tanzania
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Denmark is cutting about $10 million in aid to the government of Tanzania over what it called "negative developments" in human rights in the East African country.
Ulla Tornaes, Denmark's minister for development cooperation, said on Twitter she is "deeply concerned" by developments such as a Tanzanian official's "completely unacceptable homophobic statements."
Tanzanian officials order physical exams of 10 alleged gays
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian authorities are carrying out physical examinations on 10 men suspected of homosexual activity in Zanzibar, according to police.
A wave of arrests of gays in Tanzania is feared after a senior official urged the public to report suspected homosexuals to authorities. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and can bring a sentence of up 30 years.
EU recalls Tanzania ambassador amid call for gay arrests
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The European Union has recalled its ambassador to Tanzania, citing "the deterioration of the human rights and rule of law situation" in the East African country where one regional official last week called for the outing and arrests of homosexuals.
A statement emailed to The Associated Press Monday said the EU will be conducting a broad review of its relations with Tanzania.
Tanzania to crack down on gays; asks public for information
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Tanzanian regional official says authorities are cracking down on homosexuality as part of a wider drive against prostitution and immorality.
Paul Makonda, Regional Commissioner for Dar es Salaam, said they had received an overwhelming response for their call to the public to out gays and prostitution rings.
Africa’s youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The man described as Africa's youngest billionaire said Saturday he is free more than a week after his abduction from a luxury hotel in Tanzania's commercial capital, while police suggested his captors came from South Africa.
Gunmen seize Africa’s youngest billionaire in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — A man who has been described as Africa's youngest billionaire was abducted from Tanzania's commercial capital as he arrived at a luxury hotel for a workout, police said Thursday.
The 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji was seized by two masked gunmen who fired into the air before driving away from the hotel in Dar es Salaam, Regional Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa said.
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World Bank cites ‘deep concern’ over Tanzania statistics law
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — The World Bank says it's "deeply concerned" by new legislation in Tanzania that criminalizes the collection and dissemination of information contradicting official statistics.
Lawmakers last month passed amendments to the 2015 Statistics Act despite opposition from critics who say it will undermine the free flow of information and deter the work of non-governmental groups and others.
Prince William visits Africa ahead of UK wildlife conference
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Britain's Prince William is in Africa this week to discuss threats to conservation ahead of a London conference on the illegal wildlife trade.
The Duke of Cambridge was in Namibia on Tuesday and will visit Tanzania and Kenya. On Monday he met Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba. The prince's weeklong trip ends Sunday.
Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 225
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania's government on Monday launched an inquest into the cause of the ferry disaster, in which 227 people died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last week. The government is also taking steps to build a bigger ferry.
Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224
UKARA ISLAND, Tanzania (AP) — Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria.
Colorfully painted coffins were lined up to go into graves on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins.
Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It was a stunning discovery. As rescue divers probed a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster and the death toll soared past 200, a man was found in an air pocket, alive.
He was an engineer, regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. As the badly overloaded ferry overturned on Thursday in the final stretch before reaching shore, the man shut himself into the engine room, the Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
The Latest: Video shows rescued Tanzania ferry survivor
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on capsized Tanzanian ferry (all times local):
Video footage of the survivor found in a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the deadly disaster shows him carried quickly along a busy street by health workers and military personnel as a siren wails.
Officials and state media say the man was an engineer who shut himself into the engine room as the badly overloaded ferry tipped over on the final stretch before reaching shore.
Death toll passes 200 in capsized Tanzania ferry
Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end.
The Latest: Dozens dead after ferry sinks on Lake Victoria
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Latest on capsized ferry in Tanzania (all times local):
A regional official in Tanzania says 44 people are confirmed dead after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria.
John Mongella, the commissioner of Mwanza, says 37 people have been rescued after Thursday's capsizing.
He cannot say how many people were on board until the search and rescue operation is over.
Rescue efforts have been suspended until daybreak Friday.
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — After surviving refugee camps in Africa, Janine Ndagijimana settled in Vermont and began to dream of farming.
When she considered what to plant, she thought back to her time in Tanzania and settled on the African eggplant, also called bitter ball or garden egg. It wasn't found in Vermont, and she remembered how it garnered a good price at the refugee market.
Kenya, Tanzania mark 20 years since US embassy bombings
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans and Tanzanians on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida bombings of the U.S. embassies in their countries that killed more than 250 people, with hundreds of local survivors calling on the U.S. government for compensation.
The explosions on Aug. 7, 1998, were the first major al-Qaida attack on U.S. targets. Nearly 5,000 people were injured.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique's government has been shaken by beheadings and other deadly attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in a northeastern region touted internationally for its offshore reserves of natural gas.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based policy think tank charged Thursday.
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The elephant staggered and keeled over in the tall grass in southern Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has happened.
Battle to Save Elephants Gaining Some Ground
Battle to Save Elephants Gaining Some Ground
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The elephant keeled over in the tall grass in Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has occurred.
It wasn't killers who targeted her but conservation officials who shot her with a dart of drugs. Soon she was snoring. They slid on a 26-pound (12-kilogram) GPS tracking collar and injected an antidote, bringing her back to her feet.
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The battle to save Africa's elephants is gaining some momentum. Legal ivory markets are shrinking worldwide, and law enforcement has broken up some international trafficking syndicates. But it's far too early to declare a turnaround. Poachers are moving to new areas and traffickers are adapting, aided by entrenched corruption.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Citing "lost confidence," the Mastercard Foundation announced Thursday it will stop supporting programs with Michigan State University as the school deals with fallout from a former sports doctor convicted of molesting athletes.
One $45 million program funds the education of students from sub-Saharan Africa. Another $13 million collaborative effort helps young people access agricultural jobs in Tanzania and Nigeria.
Tanzanian opposition leader is charged with rebellion
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania has charged the leader of a major opposition party and five party members with inciting hatred and rebellion against the government.
The case comes as critics accuse President John Magufuli of being intolerant of dissent in the East African nation.
A statement by the court in Dar es Salaam says Freeman Mbowe and the other Chadema party members have been denied bail.
DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — A police official in Tanzania says a truck and a minibus collided, killing at least 26 people and injuring nine others.
The country's traffic police commander, Fortunatus Musilimu, says the dead in Saturday night's accident in the southern town of Mkuranga included 12 women and seven children.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.
‘Atlas of Beer’ surveys beer culture around the world
Think of beer and you may think of Irish pubs or Germany's Oktoberfest. But a National Geographic book called the "Atlas of Beer" surveys beer across six continents, from banana beer in Tanzania to beer aged in wine barrels in Argentina.
"We like to seek out and drink the local beer or just see how it tastes and see how it's different than the beers we can get at home," said Mark W. Patterson, who wrote the book with Nancy Hoalst-Pullen.