Friday, April 20, 2018
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MOGADISHU, Somalia

American arrested in Somalia fought with extremists

An African Union official says Somalia's security forces have arrested an American who was fighting with the Islamic extremist al-Shabab group. African Union spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna confirmed the arrest Monday of Abdimalik Jones, who said he is from San Diego. An official with Somali security forces who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press said Jones claimed he fled al-Shabab because of rifts within the rebel group.

KIEV, Ukraine

Biden promises aid to Ukraine will continue

Vice President Joe Biden has assured Ukraine of continuing U.S. support and announced the release of an additional $190 million in U.S. aid to help support Ukrainian reforms. Biden also emphasized the need for Russia to fully meet its obligations under February's Minsk agreement that was intended to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of backing the rebels in eastern Ukraine with troops and weapons. Biden also declared that the U.S. will never accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

LONDON

Couple going to prison for keeping a slave

A British judge has sentenced a husband and wife who kept a man as a slave for almost a quarter of a century to six years each in prison. Emmanuel Edet, a doctor, and his wife Antan Erdet, a nurse, moved from Nigeria to Britain in 1989. With them came Ofonime Sunday Inuk, 13 — whom they told officials was their son. Prosecutors say he worked as an unpaid "houseboy" for 24 years. He contacted a charity after the couple went to Nigeria for Christmas 2013 and they were arrested three months later.

Associated Press

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