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Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the...

Nigeria’s police order massive mobilization after unrest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s top police official on Saturday ordered the immediate mobilization of all officers to “reclaim the public space from criminal...

Nigeria says 51 civilians, 18 security forces dead in unrest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At least 51 civilians have been killed in Nigeria's unrest following days of peaceful protests over police abuses, the president...

Nigerian president leaves protest shootings out of speech

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the nation about the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days, but...

Tension mounts as Guinea awaits presidential poll results

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Tensions climb in Guinea as the West African country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections. ...

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday...

Amnesty: Credible reports protesters shot dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had...

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 20 donors pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in...

Guinea’s opposition leader claims election victory

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo declared himself the winner of the West African country's presidential election Monday before the...

Nigeria’s anti-police protesters storm prison, free inmates

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's protests against police brutality turned violent Monday when a crowd stormed a prison and freed some 200 inmates in...

UN hopes meeting will raise $1 billion for key Sahel nations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is hoping a major ministerial meeting Tuesday will not only raise $1 billion for the three...

Guinea votes to see if president can extend decade in power

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde sought extend his decade in power in Sunday's election held after the country's constitution was changed...

Ivorian opposition presidential candidate’s home burned down

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Assailants burned down the home of a leading opposition presidential candidate in eastern Ivory Coast while one of his...

Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests

Inspired by the global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Nigerian American blogger Nifesimi Akingbe donned a black shirt that read “I am...

Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests block major roads

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protests against police brutality continued Friday for the ninth day, with demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to...

Extremist rebels attack UN peacekeepers in Mali; 1 killed

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeper was killed in Mali and others injured in separate attacks in the north of the country,...

Jihadist attacks increase in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region

BOULOUNGA, Burkina Faso (AP) — ...

Guinea’s president, 82, seeks to prolong rule in Sunday vote

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean President Alpha Conde, 82, is seeking a third term in office Sunday, insisting his attempt to prolong his rule...

Protesters attacked in Nigerian demos against police abuse

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Widespread protests against Nigeria's police have turned violent as demonstrators have been attacked by armed gangs in the streets of...

Attacks by suspected jihadists kill 22 in central Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists have carried out a series of attacks in central Mali killing at least 22 people, a spokesman...

‘It was so abrupt’: COVID-19 upends burial rites in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The commotion broke out in the cemetery after dark, flashlights flickering wildly. Curious, neighbors stumbled upon a dispute between a...

Military contractor charged with fraud on Africa contracts

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. military contractor has been indicted in California for allegedly faking quality control on construction projects in Africa that...

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over...

Cameroonian asylum-seekers accuse US of forcing deportation

A group of asylum-seekers from Cameroon facing deportation back to their conflict-ridden country say they were pressured with force by U.S. immigration officers to...

Nigeria protesters demand police reforms for sixth day

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Crowds protesting against police brutality in Nigeria took to the streets Tuesday for a sixth day across the country after...

Freed Malian politician details months as al-Qaida hostage

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian politician Soumaila Cisse's captors kept him constantly on the move in the inhospitable desert, he told French television, describing...

WFP chief: Nobel Prize message to world not to forget Sahel

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The head of the World Food Program said winning the Nobel Peace Prize while he was visiting the impoverished...

Switzerland says Swiss hostage in Mali has been killed

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Swiss woman who was held hostage in Mali has been killed by an Islamist...

French hostage freed in Mali arrives home in France

PARIS (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali was reunited Friday with her grandchildren...

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use...

Mali: 3 European hostages, 1 Malian politician freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the...

South Korean, Nigerian chosen as finalists for top WTO job

GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization says South Korea’s trade minister and a Harvard-trained former Nigerian finance minister have qualified as the two...

Families await freed hostages’ return in Mali’s capital

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives and supporters on Wednesday anxiously awaited the return of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker released...

Tens of thousands attend Senegal pilgrimage despite COVID-19

TOUBA, Senegal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims descended upon Senegal's holy city this week for the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, a tradition...

Relatives: French woman, Mali politician freed by jihadists

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker held hostage by Islamic extremists said late Tuesday that...

West African regional bloc lifts sanctions against Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS lifted sanctions against Mali on Tuesday after the prime minister announced the rest of the...

Mali releases 180 jihadists in likely prisoner exchange

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities have released 180 Islamic extremists from a prison in the capital and flown them to the country's north,...

Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege says an international criminal tribunal is urgently needed to prosecute mass atrocities,...

Women’s issues at UN: Still ‘too low down on the agenda’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the...

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ...

UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of...

Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nation’s prime minister...

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of the Auschwitz Memorial appealed to Nigeria's president on Friday to pardon a 13-year-old boy who was sentenced...

Mali swears in transitional president and vice president

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the...

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus ‘apocalypse’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations came out swinging on the third day of the United Nations annual gathering of world leaders Thursday, calling for...

Guinea’s opposition urges West African leaders to step in

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea’s main opposition leader called on neighboring West African states to head off a political crisis in Guinea where President...

Extremist violence causes food shortages in north Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis, the World Food Program said...

Sierra Leone doctor in dedicated mission against COVID-19

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dr. Mamadu Baldeh can’t forget the 18-year-old who came into his hospital with COVID-19, gasping for air until the day...

The Latest: Nigeria urges vaccine to be available to all

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): ...

As US struggles, Africa’s COVID-19 response is praised

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it...

Mali’s junta leader to be veep in transition government

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that...

Flooding affects more than 1 million across East Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flooding has affected well over a million people across East Africa, another calamity threatening food security on top of a historic...

AP Interview: South Africa to know true virus toll in weeks

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa should know its true toll from the coronavirus pandemic within a few weeks, the government’s chief medical adviser says,...

West African leaders urge civilian rule in Mali within days

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders have emphasized that Mali’s junta should nominate civilian transitional leaders within days to lead the nation toward...

Mali’s former president Moussa Traore dies at 83

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age...

Mali junta faces deadline for naming civilian leader

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — Mali's military rulers face a regional deadline for naming a civilian interim leader Tuesday, as the junta meet with West...

Mali opposition opposes junta proposal on transition period

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Divisions deepened between Mali's military coup leaders and the country's political opposition movement on Sunday after the ruling junta announced...

Thousands left homeless by Greek refugee camp fire protest

MORIA, Lesbos (AP) — Thousands of asylum-seekers have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos, after successive...

Black in Berlin: Group seeks more diversity in tech industry

BERLIN (AP) — The beginning of 2019 is when Kave Bulambo really started to wonder: Where are all the Black software engineers in Berlin? ...

Leaders in Mali meet with junta for conference on transition

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and...

Mozambique accused of abuses in its fight against extremists

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Amnesty International Wednesday accused Mozambique’s government forces of torturing suspected members of an Islamist insurgency in the country’s northern Cabo...

83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert, says migration agency

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — ...

2 tropical storms, Paulette and Rene, form in the Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Rene was menacing the Cabo Verde islands on Tuesday after forming off the coast of West Africa. ...

Senegal’s capital gets year’s worth of rain in single night

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Thousands of people are homeless in Senegal's capital on Monday after a weekend storm brought nearly a year's worth of...

In pandemic, Nigerian teacher can ‘teach the whole world’

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — For many 12th graders, the closure of Nigeria’s public schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 presents a particular problem:...

Guinea opposition will contest Oct. 18 presidential vote

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's main opposition party announced Sunday that it will take part in next month's presidential election despite its concerns that...

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United...

At least 10 Malian soldiers killed in attack near Mauritania

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least 10 Malian soldiers have been killed in a night-time attack by Islamic extremists in the country’s west near...

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