DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo and other sanctions against South Sudan over objections from African nations, Russia and...
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BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — An inquiry panel handed over a report Friday to Gambia's president on the financial dealings of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh who was recently accused of stealing nearly $1 billion...
Swiss close case against son of Equatorial Guinea leader
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they have closed an investigation involving the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea and two other people.
Geneva prosecutors opened the probe on suspicions of money laundering and mismanagement of public assets in 2016. They seized 25 cars in Geneva and a yacht in the Netherlands.
US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The U.S. State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States.
The decision comes almost two years after Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he refused to concede defeat in a presidential election. Jammeh ruled the tiny West African country for two decades.
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.
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.
Brazil suspects Equatorial Guinea money-laundering scheme
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian officials say $16 million in undeclared cash and luxury watches seized from the delegation of Equatorial Guinea's vice president may have been part of an effort to launder money embezzled from the African country's government.
Police at an airport in Sao Paulo last month seized the valuables that were packed in the luggage of a delegation accompanying Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.
UN Security Council asks Congo to examine voting machine use
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has called on Congo's electoral commission to open dialogue on the use of voting machines for December elections.
French Ambassador Francois Delattre, who co-headed a delegation with ambassadors from Bolivia and Equatorial Guinea, said Sunday the security council wants the commission to consider a "broad consensus." Voting machine use has been disputed by some presidential candidates and opposition leaders.
E. Guinea: Brazil search of VP delegation suitcases illegal
SAO PAULO (AP) — Equatorial Guinea on Monday accused Brazilian authorities of conducting an illegal search and seizure of the contents of suitcases belonging to a delegation that included the African country's vice president.
Brazilian media have reported that authorities seized around $16 million worth of cash and jewelry at an airport in Sao Paulo state on Friday.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A former Israeli government minister charged with spying for Iran went on trial Thursday in Jerusalem for allegedly relaying information to the country's top enemy.
Gonen Segev was extradited from Equatorial Guinea and arrested upon arrival earlier this year.
The Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, has said that he acted as an agent for Iranian intelligence and is suspected of "committing offenses of assisting the enemy in war and spying against the state of Israel."
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A baby gorilla born a month ago at a zoo in suburban Chicago has been named Ali.
Brookfield Zoo says a donor chose the name of the western lowland gorilla that was born June 1.
Zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen says she doesn't know why Ali was the name chosen.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations court ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction over a dispute between France and Equatorial Guinea that centers on whether a mansion on a swanky Paris avenue is a diplomatic outpost for the Central African nation.
Zimbabwe referee says he was offered bribe to fix game
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Zimbabwe Football Association said Tuesday that one of its referees reported being offered a bribe of $10,000 to fix a CAF Confederation Cup game in Equatorial Guinea. It's the second time in two weeks that a match official has claimed to have been approached to fix in Africa's second-biggest club tournament.
France argues World Court has no jurisdiction in graft case
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — French lawyers on Monday urged the International Court of Justice to throw out a case brought by Equatorial Guinea in 2016 seeking to prevent the prosecution in France — which has since happened — of the African nation's vice president on money laundering and other charges linked to his opulent lifestyle.
A year after Jammeh’s exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The military intervention looked imminent. West African troops were poised to push into Gambia as Yahya Jammeh, the tiny nation's leader for more than 22 years, refused to cede power after losing elections. President-elect Adama Barrow had flown to safety in neighboring Senegal, where he was sworn in at the Gambian embassy with international support.
US says Africa important but no apology for Trump
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told African envoys Thursday that "Africa is very important for the United States," but she didn't apologize for President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent as they had demanded, the chair of the African Group said.
Chad denies role in alleged Equatorial Guinea coup attempt
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's government is denying involvement in an alleged coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea late last month, saying the dozens of Chadians arrested are mercenaries "and should be treated as such."
Foreign Affairs Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif told journalists Friday that Chadian officials traveled to Equatorial Guinea this week after 60 of its citizens were arrested there following the coup attempt.
UN Security Council welcomes new members with flag ceremony
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has six new members: Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Poland.
Their flags were installed outside the council chambers Tuesday in a ceremony arranged by Kazakhstan's ambassador, Kairat Umarov. His country currently holds the council presidency.
The 15-member council is the U.N.'s most powerful body. China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are permanent members, with veto power.
After Mugabe, Africa’s other longtime leaders feel a chill
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — After the stunning fall of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, attention has turned to other longtime African leaders accused of trying to extend their rule.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's sudden move last week to decorate over 300 army officers in a rare mass promotion suggested the jolt of realization across the continent: If Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years, could be forced from power by the military, perhaps anyone can.
Son of Equatorial Guinea leader sentenced for embezzlement
PARIS (AP) — A French court on Friday handed the son of Equatorial Guinea's president a suspended sentence of three years in prison for embezzling millions in public money, in the first of several planned trials in France of foreign figures allegedly thriving on ill-gotten gains.
FIFA bans Equatorial Guinea from 2019 Women’s World Cup
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women's World Cup for using fake documents and selecting at least 10 ineligible players in its Olympic team.
Two more Equatorial Guinea players will serve 10-match international bans for using "forged and falsified documents" to claim nationality, FIFA said on Thursday.
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government has cancelled the diplomatic passports of former President Yahya Jammeh and his family members.
The list seen by The Associated Press indicates that 207 people have had their diplomatic passports revoked with immediate effect.
Jammeh's wife, her two children and other relatives also are targeted by the government's decision.
PARIS (AP) — France put the elusive son of Equatorial Guinea's president on trial Monday for spending and investing tens of millions of dollars in France with funds allegedly stemming from corruption, embezzlement and extortion in his country.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who was named vice president of Equatorial Guinea by his father after the French judicial noose tightened around him, has claimed he has immunity from prosecution and didn't appear before the Paris court when his trial opened.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The oil-rich African nation of Equatorial Guinea won overwhelming support from the U.N. General Assembly for a coveted two-year seat on the Security Council Friday despite opposition from human rights groups — along with Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru and Poland.
The 193-member assembly also voted overwhelmingly Friday for the Netherlands to join the council for one year starting Jan. 1.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Equatorial Guinea soccer federation appeared at sport's highest court Thursday in an effort to overturn its exclusion from the 2019 Women's World Cup in a case of a player's forged documents.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Equatorial Guinea's appeal hearing seeks to annul a ban from the 2018 and 2020 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The 2018 tournament is Africa's qualifying route for the World Cup in France.
Uganda deploys troops to train Equatorial Guinea forces
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government has deployed scores of troops to Equatorial Guinea under an agreement to train the West African country's troops, a military official said Thursday.
Between 100 and 150 troops had been sent after the agreement was signed between the two countries at the start of this year, military spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire told The Associated Press.
French corruption trial of African leader’s son postponed
PARIS (AP) — A French court has granted the son of Equatorial Guinea's president more time to prepare his defense against charges that he spent millions in government funds on high-end cars, art and real estate abroad while his compatriots languish in poverty.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue's lawyer requested a delay in the trial, arguing that he hadn't had enough preparation time. Defense lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said the court approved the request Wednesday.
Son of Equatorial Guinea’s president on trial in France
PARIS (AP) — After years of investigation, France on Monday put the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea on trial for corruption, charged with spending many millions in state funds — much of it allegedly in cash — to feed an opulent lifestyle of fast cars, designer clothes, works of art and high-end real estate.
World court refuses to block trial of Equatorial Guinea VP
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The corruption trial of the son of Equatorial Guinea's president can go ahead next month after the United Nations' highest court on Wednesday refused to order France to halt the prosecution.
Geneva seizes 11 cars of son of Equatorial Guinea president
GENEVA (AP) — Eleven luxury vehicles and sports cars belonging to the son of Equatorial Guinea's president have been seized in Geneva as part of a preliminary investigation into alleged corruption, authorities said Thursday.
The cars belonging to Teodorin Obiang were confiscated Monday in the freight zone at Geneva's airport, Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva prosecutor's office, said.
Swiss open probe into son of Equatorial Guinea’s president
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors have begun a preliminary investigation into the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, who is set to go on trial in neighboring France for alleged misspending of public funds.
Geneva prosecutor's office spokesman Henri Della Casa declined further comment about the investigation into Equatorial Guinea Vice President Teodorin Obiang Nguema, saying it has only just begun.
France: Equatorial Guinea’s world court case is abuse of law
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — France told judges at the United Nations' highest court on Tuesday that they do not have jurisdiction in a case brought by Equatorial Guinea aimed at halting a Paris money-laundering case against the son of the African nation's president.
Alain Pellet, a law professor representing France, told the International Court of Justice that Equatorial Guinea's case was a "flagrant and evident abuse of law."
Equatorial Guinea calls for end to French case against VP
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Equatorial Guinea on Monday called on the United Nations' highest court to urgently order France to halt a criminal case against the son of the African nation's leader on charges of misspending millions of euros of public funds, arguing that he is immune from prosecution.
Son of Equatorial Guinea’s president to face trial in France
PARIS (AP) — The son of the president of Equatorial Guinea is being sent to trial in France after a years-long investigation into alleged misspending of millions of euros of public funds.
Equatorial Guinea Vice President Teodorin Obiang Nguema is accused of acquiring real estate, luxury cars, art and other goods in France with public funds from his country.