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."
Despite El Chapo arrest, powerful Sinaloa cartel marches on
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel marches on despite the arrest, extradition and now conviction in New York of its notorious leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and the proof of this lies is in huge, multi-drug shipments detected on the border in recent weeks.
US ambassador says Cameroon relations good despite aid cut
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The United States has cut some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns but the countries' relations remain excellent, the U.S. ambassador asserted Thursday, while the central African nation's government remained silent.
France said it would not follow the U.S. lead despite a call by Amnesty International for other donors to take similar action.
US cuts military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is cutting some military aid to Cameroon over human rights concerns after growing allegations of abuses by security forces, a significant step against a solid ally in central Africa that is gripped by fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists.
Boko Haram kills at least 60 in Nigeria attack: Amnesty
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Boko Haram has killed at least 60 people in a "devastating" attack on the northeastern Nigeria border town of Rann, Amnesty International said Friday, calling it one of the deadliest assaults by the extremist group in its nearly decade-long insurgency.
Arrested Cameroon opposition leader faces 8 charges
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The lawyer for Cameroon's arrested main opposition leader says he now faces eight charges including sedition, insurrection and inciting violence.
Christopher Ndong told The Associated Press Thursday that Maurice Kamto also faces charges that include hostility against the fatherland and disruption of peace. If he is found guilty, he could face five years to life in prison.
Ivory Coast agrees to delay African Cup hosting to 2023
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast has agreed to host the African Cup of Nations tournament in 2023 instead of 2021 after the head of the continent's soccer body met with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to broker a deal.
Cameroon authorities arrest opposition leader in crackdown
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international rights group says Cameroonian authorities have arrested a top opposition leader and four of his supporters after they called for nationwide protests.
Amnesty International on Tuesday said the arrests of Maurice Kamto and others on Monday signal an escalating government crackdown in Cameroon on opposition leaders, human rights defenders and activists. It called for their immediate and unconditional release.
UN: More than 30,000 Nigerians flee to Cameroon amid attacks
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says more than 30,000 Nigerians fled the border town of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in Cameroon as attacks by Boko Haram extremists continue.
Spokesman Babar Baloch said Tuesday that thousands more have fled to neighboring Chad because of the violence in northeastern Nigeria.
Refugees began fleeing to Cameroon earlier this month when extremists attacked and seized Rann, in Borno state, on Jan. 14.
Egypt to host African Cup, Salah player of the year again
Egypt will replace Cameroon as the host of this year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, giving newly-crowned continental player of the year Mohamed Salah a chance to shine on his home stage.
The Liverpool forward won the African player of the year award for a second successive year, making Tuesday a double victory for Egypt.
Amid African Cup hosting turmoil, Guinea opts for 2025
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The Guinean soccer federation says the country will host the 2025 African Cup of Nations instead of the originally awarded 2023 edition.
The move helps clear a logjam of hosts — and likely appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport — in fallout from Cameroon being stripped of the 2019 tournament by the Confederation of African Football six weeks ago.
Cameroon English-speaking separatists attack town, kidnap 15
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A regional governor in Cameroon says armed English-speaking separatists attacked a French-speaking town, killing one person, kidnapping 15 others and burning 86 homes in the country's restive North West region.
Governor Augustine Awah Fonka said the attack Sunday and Monday was the second on the town of Bangourain.
430,000 flee Cameroon’s restive Anglophone areas, says group
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international refugee agency says that more than 430,000 people have fled violence in Cameroon's restive English-speaking regions and are hiding in rural areas with few resources.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, one of several humanitarian organizations offering support, said Wednesday it is assisting the displaced by providing shelter and supplies to needy families. David Manan, the Norwegian group's country director for Cameroon, called for more international aid.
Cameroon military says it killed 7 suspected separatists
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military says it has killed seven suspected English-speaking separatist rebels in Bamenda in the North West region.
Four soldiers were rushed to the local hospital, said a health worker, but the military has not reported any dead.
The region's army commander, Gen. Agha Robinson, said the military is finding it difficult to battle the rebels because they hide among civilians.
Egypt, South Africa bid to be replacement African Cup host
Egypt and South Africa are the countries bidding to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations and the winner will have just five months to put preparations in place for the continent's top soccer tournament.
CAF announced the bids late Saturday — the deadline to submit was end of Friday — and said that its executive committee will decide the new host at a meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Jan. 9.
2 female suicide bombers die in northern Cameroon attack
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A Cameroon official says two female suicide bombers have died after detonating in a northern town near the Nigerian border.
The governor of the Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakari, says the attack in Kolofata town occurred Friday night and wounded a woman and a 12-year-old girl.
The governor says the attackers came from Nigeria, adding that "you know that the borders are very porous."
Egypt bids for 2019 African Cup, South Africa considering
Egypt submitted a bid to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations while South Africa was seriously considering entering the hastily-arranged race to find a new venue for the continent's top soccer tournament, which kicks off in just six months.
Egypt's bid, announced by its soccer association on Thursday to meet Friday's deadline, was a surprise move by a country which wasn't considered a contender.
US demands immediate end to violence, talks in Cameroon
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States demanded an immediate end to violence in Cameroon on Thursday and a speedy start to talks between the government and Anglophone separatists without preconditions.
U.S. deputy ambassador Jonathan Cohen told the Security Council that security and humanitarian conditions in Cameroon's English-speaking North West and South West regions "have significantly deteriorated."
Cameroon leader halts cases against 289 alleged separatists
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's leader has ordered the country's military tribunal to stop legal proceedings against 289 people accused of taking part in the country's separatist movement in its English-speaking regions.
Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, secretary general at the presidency, did not say who would be freed in making the announcement late Thursday. He said President Paul Biya had "listened to the people" in making his decision to "maintain the country as a peace heaven."
US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get ‘much, much worse’
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat in Africa said Thursday the separatist crisis in Cameroon could get "much, much" worse, saying "the last thing we need" is growing radicalization in response to the actions of security forces.
Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, said the situation in the Central African nation is worsening by the day and "worrying me greatly."
Cameroon beats Mali to qualify for Women’s World Cup
CAPE COAST, Ghana (AP) — Cameroon became the third and final African team to qualify for next year's Women's World Cup by beating Mali 4-2 on Friday in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon joins Nigeria and South Africa at the World Cup in France in June and July. Nigeria, the defending African champion, and South Africa will meet in the Cup of Nations final on Saturday.
Cameroon dropped as African Cup host 6 months from kickoff
With stadiums only half-built and a violent separatist rebellion playing out dangerously close to planned venues, Cameroon was stripped of the right to host next year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament on Friday little more than six months before kickoff.
It's the fourth successive time Africa's top soccer tournament has had to change host country at the last minute.
Cameroon stripped of hosting rights for 2019 African Cup of Nations
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Cameroon stripped of hosting rights for 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon’s military says it kills at least 43 separatists
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military said Friday it has killed at least 43 armed separatists fighting for the creation of an English-speaking state in the Central African nation.
Kenyan missionary killed in military crossfire in Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A military official says a Kenyan missionary has been killed in crossfire between the military and armed separatists in Cameroon's troubled South West region.
Moloka Ekwe, divisional officer for the Eyumojock administrative area, says the Rev. Cosmas Ondari was killed Wednesday in the Kembong village where he worked. Ekwe says there were other casualties.
In October, U.S. missionary Charles Trumann Wesco was shot dead in the restive town of Bamenda in the North West.
Police: Hate crime committed against gay man from Cameroon
SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man was attacked outside his Seattle apartment and that his mother was also assaulted in Cameroon after the man's house guest released intimate photos of him and his husband to members of the Cameroon community.
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Cameroon military frees 9 abducted children, teacher
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military has freed nine children and their teacher who had been kidnapped by gunmen Tuesday from a school in Kumba, in the country's restive English-speaking South West region, a military official said Wednesday.
Armed gunmen abducted the students from Lords Bilingual School Tuesday morning, according to Nto'ou Ndong Chamberlin, senior divisional officer for the Meme Division where Kumba is located.
Mauritania qualifies in another African Cup surprise
Mauritania qualified for its first major soccer tournament on Sunday when it beat Botswana to claim a place at next year's African Cup of Nations.
It was the second major surprise of qualifying after Madagascar sealed a spot at the African Cup for the first time last month.
Mauritania, a country in northwest Africa covered almost completely by the Sahara desert, came from behind to beat Botswana 2-1 with two goals by forward Ismael Diakite.
Salah Egypt’s ‘superman’ again with last-minute winner
Mohamed Salah scored in the last minute to give Egypt a 3-2 win over Tunisia in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Friday, taking the forward's tally to 10 goals in his last eight games for his country.
Kenya loses appeal to be reinstated in Women’s African Cup
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Kenyan soccer federation has lost its appeal to be reinstated into the African Women's Cup of Nations ahead of Equatorial Guinea, which had been excluded because of an ineligible player.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed Kenya's request for an urgent interim ruling to join the eight-team tournament, which starts Saturday in Ghana.
It also ends Kenya's chance of qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup.
US cutting counterterror forces in Africa
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China.
APNewsBreak: Prison group faces lawsuit over immigrant wages
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The operator of one of the largest private prison systems in the United States paid detained immigrants at a New Mexico prison as little as $1 per day as part of "volunteer" work programs, and refused to pay them minimum wages even though they were not convicted of any crimes, a new federal class-action lawsuit alleges.
Cameroon military says 30 separatists killed in fighting
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military has killed at least 30 separatists in two days of intense fighting in the turbulent English-speaking North West region, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Hundreds attend memorial for missionary slain in Cameroon
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of people filled a northern Indiana church to remember a missionary who was killed in Cameroon two weeks after arriving there with his wife and their eight children.
Charles Wesco died Oct. 30 after he was shot in the head during fighting between armed separatists and soldiers in the West African nation. The Mishawaka man was sitting with his wife, Stephanie, in a car being driven by another missionary when he was shot.
All school kidnapping captives freed, says Cameroon leader
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — All students and staff abducted more than a week ago from a school in Cameroon's restive North West region have been freed, a leader of the Presbyterian church said Tuesday.
Two students, the principal and a staff member of Presbyterian Secondary School in the English-speaking northwestern village of Nkwen were released in different intervals, said Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the country's Presbyterian Church.
Kenya to appeal to CAS in saga over Equatorial Guinea player
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyan soccer federation says it will appeal a decision to allow Equatorial Guinea back into the women's African Cup of Nations in a long-running saga over a player's eligibility.
79 kidnapped Cameroon students freed, says church official
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday.
The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near the regional capital of Bamenda, said Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the country's Presbyterian Church.
"They look tired and psychologically tortured," he said.
Cameroon’s leader sworn in for 7th term amid rising unrest
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's President Paul Biya, sub-Saharan Africa's oldest leader, was inaugurated Tuesday for his seventh term in office amid rising separatist unrest.
The 85-year-old Biya, who has been in power since 1982, was sworn in days after separatists allegedly kidnapped dozens of students and an American missionary was fatally shot as soldiers and separatists exchanged gunfire.
UN chief urges speedy release of kidnapped Cameroon pupils
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning the kidnapping of 79 pupils and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon and is calling for their immediate release.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres stresses that "there can be no justification for these crimes against civilians, particularly minors."
Separatists kidnap 79 pupils in Cameroon’s restive northwest
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Armed separatists kidnapped at least 79 students and three staff members from a Presbyterian school in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon, the governor said Monday.
North West Region Gov. Deben Tchoffo said the students abducted Sunday night were ages 11-17, and they were taken from Nkwen, a village near the regional capital, Bamenda, along with school staff that included the principal.
Cameroon arrests 20 presidential election protesters
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroonian authorities have arrested 20 people who were protesting an election they allege was stolen by long-serving President Paul Biya.
The protesters claim Maurice Kamto, the flag bearer of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party, won the Oct. 7 presidential election.
Biya, who has led the country since 1982, is to be sworn into office Tuesday for a seventh term. Kamto's supporters say they plan to disrupt the event.
Cameroon separatists chop off fingers of plantation workers
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Separatist militants attacked workers on a state-run rubber plantation in restive southwestern Cameroon, chopping off their fingers because the men had defied an order to stay away from the farms, authorities said Friday.
The attack is the second of its kind in less than a week by the militants, who have responded violently to a government crackdown on separatist activities in the English-speaking parts of the country.
State Department believes missionary ‘caught in crossfire’
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's defense minister warned foreigners Wednesday to be take precautions in the country's restive English-speaking regions after an American missionary was mortally wounded amid fighting between armed separatists and soldiers.
American missionary killed in Cameroon amid armed conflict
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — An American missionary died Tuesday after being shot in the head amid fighting between armed separatists and soldiers in northwestern Cameroon, the director of the regional hospital said.
Charles Trumann Wesco, a missionary from the U.S. state of Indiana who had been in the region for two weeks, was rushed to the hospital in Bamenda after he was gravely wounded while in his car, hospital director Kingue Thomson Njie said.
Northern Indiana missionary fatally shot in Cameroon
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A missionary from northern Indiana has been fatally shot in the African nation of Cameroon.
Republican Rep. Tim Wesco of Osceola confirmed the death Tuesday morning of his older brother, Charles Wesco of Mishawaka.
Tim Wesco said of his brother, "He loved the Lord. He loved people. The Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
Africa not creating enough jobs for booming youth population
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African nations are failing to create enough jobs for a booming young population even as some countries have seen strong economic growth, a new report says.
The latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance sounds a warning for a continent where the sub-Saharan population is projected to double by 2050.
Cameroon police arrest dozens amid anti-government protests
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — An official in Cameroon says anti-riot police have arrested at least two dozen people who staged peaceful protests Saturday against the re-election of President Paul Biya.
Territorial administration minister Paul Atanga Nji said among the arrested is a lawyer who represented opposition candidate Maurice Kamto who said he won the Oct. 7 election.
Brazil to play Cameroon in last friendly of 2018 in London
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will play its last friendly of the year against Cameroon in London on Nov. 20, its soccer confederation said on Thursday.
The last time the teams met was during the group stage of the 2014 World Cup when Brazil won 4-1 in Brasilia with a Neymar double.
On Nov. 16, Brazil will face Uruguay in London. Coach Tite will announce his squad for the two friendlies on Friday.