CANNES, France (AP) — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious...
Dakar Rally moves from South America to Saudi Arabia
PARIS (AP) — The Dakar Rally is swapping South America for Saudi Arabia.
Dakar Rally organizers say next year's race will be held in "the deep and mysterious deserts of the Middle East, in...
Rutgers basketball player dismissed, faces deportation
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University basketball player Issa Thiam has been dismissed from the team and faces deportation after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
Senegal: President gets election win, rivals won’t challenge
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese President Macky Sall easily won re-election to a second term during a first round of voting, election officials announced Thursday. His opponents issued a joint...
Senegal election commission warns against early calls
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's electoral commission on Monday urged presidential candidates and their supporters to avoid making premature declarations about the outcome of Sunday's...
Senegal voters choose whether to give president another term
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's President Macky Sall sought re-election Sunday on his record of building roads and creating jobs, while opposition supporters maintained those efforts had not...
Senegal’s president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's President Macky Sall is counting on the success of his economic record to propel him to win a second term in Sunday's elections.
Senegal’s former president calls for election boycott
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade has called for a boycott of the West African nation's Feb. 24 elections, accusing the current president of locking down the vote.
Wade returned to Dakar Thursday as hundreds greeted him at the airport, cheering and wearing T-shirts bearing his son's image.
Karim Wade was eliminated as an opponent to incumbent Macky Sall. The younger Wade has been in Qatar since his release from prison in 2016 after serving three years for corruption.
Mali al-Qaida branch claims responsibility for attack on UN
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — SITE Intelligence Group says Mali's al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission that killed at least 10 peacekeepers and wounded at least 25 others Sunday in northern Mali's Kidal region.
Senegal court publishes list of presidential candidates
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's constitutional court has approved five of 27 candidates who filed to run in the Feb. 24 presidential elections, rejecting two major opponents to incumbent President Macky Sall.
The court published the candidates' names Monday, which include Sall, Idrissa Seck, Issa Sall, Madicke Niang and Ousmane Sonko.
The court rejected applications by Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade.
Salah, Mane, Aubameyang compete for African award
CAIRO (AP) — Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are the three finalists for the African player of the year award in a repeat of last year's shortlist.
The winner will be announced on Jan. 8 in Dakar, Senegal.
The Confederation of African Football announced the finalists on Tuesday from an original list of 34 players.
At new Museum of Black Civilizations, a call to come home
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation's culture minister isn't shy: He wants the thousands of pieces of cherished heritage taken from the continent over the centuries to come home.
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.
IOC picks Senegal as first African host for Youth Olympics
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.
Senegal President Macky Sall was present on Monday to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board's preference from four candidates.
Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.
Senegal to be 1st African Olympic host at 2022 Youth Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Senegal is set to be the first African host of any Olympic Games.
The IOC says its executive board picked Senegal in a four-nation hosting contest for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
The recommendation is a formality to be approved by International Olympic Committee members. They meet from Oct. 8-9 ahead of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Senegal project is in "Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly," the IOC says.
Senegal’s president fires Dakar’s mayor over prison sentence
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's president has effectively fired the mayor of the capital, Dakar, after an appeals court upheld his five-year prison sentence for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
President Macky Sall on Friday revoked the mandate of Khalifa Sall, a popular opposition figure who had announced he would run for president in next year's elections. The two are not related.
Court upholds 5-year prison sentence for Dakar’s mayor
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the five-year prison sentence for the mayor of the capital for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall, a popular opposition figure, was arrested in March 2017 on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs ($3.4 million). His lawyers have said the missing public funds went to people in need.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command says.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command said Monday.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa on Saturday on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the world's second most populous continent.
This is Xi's first trip abroad since he was appointed to a second term in March with term limits removed, allowing him to rule for as long as he wants. That rang familiar to some of Africa's long-entrenched leaders.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It's an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day.
Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: "It won't be long."
That's some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance.
Correction: Congo-Ebola story
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story June 8 about progress being made in calming Congo's deadly Ebola outbreak, The Associated Press misidentified the program for the estimated $15.5 million needed over nine months. The World Health Organization said that was the appeal for the preparedness plan for the nine neighboring countries and not the total Ebola response cost.
A corrected version of the story is below:
'Strong progress' in calming Congo Ebola outbreak: WHO
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — One fan thumped his chest with his fist. Another raised a Senegalese flag high in the air. Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Sadio Mane had scored.
It didn't matter that Mane's goal was for Liverpool, not Senegal. Nor that his club would lose to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Mane leads Senegal’s 23-man World Cup squad
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal named its final 23-man squad for the World Cup on Thursday, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham.
Coach Aliou Cisse, captain of the 2002 team that reached the quarterfinals in the country's only previous World Cup appearance, gambled on the fitness of Monaco winger Keita Balde and Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's Interior Ministry says a student has been killed as security forces clashed with students protesting in the northern city of St. Louis.
Interior Minister Aly Ngouille Ndiaye says 20 others were wounded after the clashes broke out at Gaston Berger University. He says an investigation will be launched into the student's death.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion.
It's an experience he hopes to feel for real one day. Turning to coach Aliou Cisse, Sall said optimistically, "It won't be long."
That's some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance.
Back in 2002, a team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory over defending champion France.
Senegal court sentences Dakar mayor to 5 years in prison
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A court in Senegal on Friday sentenced the capital's mayor, a popular opposition figure, to five years in prison for forgery, criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and fraud.
More than 100 activists who had gathered to support Khalifa Sall shouted with indignation after the court read out his sentence.
Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's government has closed more than a dozen schools linked to a man the Turkish government considers a terrorist, underlining Turkey's growing influence in predominantly Muslim West Africa.
About 3,000 children in Senegal have been affected as Turkey reduces the influence of Fethullah Gulen, who is labeled a terrorist by Turkey's government.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Senegal say at least eight people were killed when a military helicopter crashed into a field of mangroves.
Army spokesman Col. Abdoul Ndiaye confirmed the death toll Thursday.
There was no immediate reason given for the cause the crash in the Fatick region of southern Senegal Wednesday night. Officials had previously said more than a dozen others were injured when the helicopter went down, including a journalist from Senegal's state television, RTS.
4 Spanish tourists assaulted in Senegal, police say
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities say several Spanish tourists were sexually assaulted and robbed while vacationing in southern Senegal's restive Casamance region.
State media reported Friday that the assailants raped women in the group, citing a police official. The armed men also made off with thousands of euros in cash.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry says its consulate in Dakar is in contact with the four Spaniards.
Spanish driver Carlos Sainz wins his 2nd Dakar Rally title
CORDOBA, Argentina (AP) — Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won his second Dakar Rally title on Saturday, finishing 43 minutes ahead of second-placed Nasser Al-Attiyah of Toyota.
The Peugeot driver climbed on top of his car at the end of the rally to celebrate.
"I am very happy because this was a very difficult Dakar, I needed this victory," Sainz said. His first title was in 2010 when he drove for Volkswagen in the second South American edition of the rally.
13 killed, 7 wounded by gunmen in restive Senegal region
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 13 people Saturday in Senegal who were gathering firewood in the forest, the military said. It was the worst attack in years in the West African nation's restive southern region, where a separatist insurgency has dragged on for more than three decades.
The bloodshed sparked fears of renewed unrest in the area, which had been relatively calm for the last several years.
Senegal opens new international airport with economic hopes
DIASS, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's new international airport was opening its runways Thursday as the West African country hopes to become a travel hub for the region.
Airport International Blaise-Diagne, which had faced more than 10 years of delays, is meant to anchor Senegal's economic and tech center. The airport has had mixed reviews with its location of more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the capital, Dakar. A connecting train service is still years from completion.
WINDHOEK, Namibia — Heroes’ Acre looms on a hill overlooking Windhoek, Namibia’s tidy capital.
Under a brilliant blue sky, a series of granite steps slope upwards in a wedge toward a triumphant bronze statue of an unknown soldier.
In one hand the liberation-struggle soldier carries a Kalashnikov rifle. In the other, he’s throwing what looks like a Soviet-era stick grenade.
The communist-style design is no coincidence. Heroes’ Acre was built by a North Korean firm.
American ballers find their Dream Teams in Africa
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Reggie Moore rarely gets through a day without stopping for an autograph or selfie in the basketball-mad African country of Angola.
"If I'm in the mall, it's going to be 30 to 40 selfies," said Moore, a bearded 36-year-old Californian who plays in Angola's professional league and also for its national team. "It's kind of nice to have a country that knows who you are."
The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.
AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can't be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal's aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women's AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut.
8 killed in soccer stampede in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Witnesses said at least eight people have died and more than 50 were injured after a stadium wall collapse and stampede at a soccer match in the Senegalese capital.
Those present said fighting broke out late Saturday between rival fans of US Ouakam and Stade de Mbour and the wall at the Demba Diop stadium in Dakar collapsed as police also fired tear gas.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Christine's doctor felt a small lump in her left breast at a checkup in 2015, though she was flooded with relief when the technicians assured her they had detected nothing amiss.
Still in pain more than a year later, she pushed for another mammogram. The 44-year-old mother of four was then diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Hundreds of people filled the streets of Dakar outside the airport Monday to welcome former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade, who returned to lead his party into legislative elections after spending years abroad following a failed bid for a third term in office.
The 91-year-old flew into Dakar Monday from Paris, accompanied by his wife, Viviane. He retains a strong support base in Senegal, which is holding parliamentary elections this month.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — When it launched 15 years ago, Dakar Fashion Week had a handful of aspiring local designers and models gathering in often run-down hotels. Now dozens of designers from around the world present their creations to thumping DJ mixes as drone cameras hover above the runway shows that are broadcast live on national television.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities in Senegal say the death toll from a fire at a religious pilgrimage site last month has risen to 34.
Senegalese state media reported Wednesday that the latest victim was the sister of one of the event's organizers. Authorities initially reported a dozen deaths.
The fire swept through the gathering in Medina Gounass, a village 520 kilometers (about 320 miles) east of the capital, Dakar.
African dictator’s trial opens path to justice elsewhere
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life sentence for Habre in a landmark trial that sets a precedent for victims elsewhere to pursue justice.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, bringing to an end a landmark trial pursued by victims for more than 16 years.
The court also ruled Thursday that millions of dollars of compensation awarded to more than 4,000 victims would be managed by a trust fund.
Ex-Guinea military head extradited over stadium massacre
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A former Guinean military leader arrested in Senegal in connection with a 2009 stadium massacre that killed more than 150 people has been extradited back home, his lawyer said Monday.
Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite left Dakar on Sunday night, lawyer Baba Diop said. Diop called the extradition an excessive use of power and essentially a "kidnapping," given that a judgment was still pending on an appeal filed in January against it.
Mayor of Senegal’s capital charged with embezzlement
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lawyers say the mayor of Senegal's capital is charged with embezzling public funds.
Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall was detained Tuesday by the senior investigating judge of the Dakar High Court.
Lawyer Cledor Cire Ly says the mayor is indicted for embezzlement, fraud involving public funds, criminal association and money laundering. Sall's lawyers call his arrest an attempt to prevent him from running in July's legislative elections.
Senegal arrests 2 suspected extremists over 2016 attack
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese police say they have arrested two suspected extremists from Mali connected to the deadly attacks in Ivory Coast last year.
Police late Thursday said one suspect was arrested in Keur Damel, a suburb of Dakar, as he was about to leave the country after staying for about a month.
AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime.
In an interview with The Associated Press just hours after Jammeh finally acquiesced to political exile, Barrow, 51, said it is too soon to tell whether the former president could face trial at the International Criminal Court or elsewhere.
Regional troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down.
The troops moved in shortly after Adama Barrow was inaugurated at Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal, after a final effort at diplomatic talks with Jammeh failed to secure his departure. His mandate expired at midnight.
No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power.