France honors African veterans of World War II landings
PARIS (AP) — It's sometimes called "the forgotten D-Day," the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis.
Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims
GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in...
Israeli tycoon ordered to trial over alleged Guinea bribes
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say an Israeli billionaire has been ordered to stand trial on corruption and bribery charges allegedly involving a widow of Guinea's former...
CAIRO (AP) — Madagascar beat Congo 4-2 in a penalty shootout Sunday to ensure its fairytale debut at the African Cup of Nations continued as it advanced to the quarterfinals.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's government announced it is cutting diplomatic ties with Guinea, accusing the West African country of violating its sovereignty.
Underdogs have big day at African Cup
Underdogs had a big day at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt as Uganda won on its return to the tournament after 41 years and Madagascar held Guinea to a draw on its debut on...
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Sekou Doumbouya is still only 18 and he didn't start playing basketball until he was 12.
"That's good. That means there's upside," Detroit Pistons executive Ed...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Maltese soldiers have pleaded not guilty to charges they participated in a racially-motivated, fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister has announced that two armed forces members have been arrested in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool will be without Naby Keita for its final games of the season after the midfielder limped off with a groin injury during the 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A suburban Fort Worth couple has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.
GIZA, Egypt (AP) — Mohamed Salah and host Egypt will face Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the group stage of an historic African Cup of Nations this year, the first time the tournament will field 24...
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — There were a few things Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite had to do to have a shot in the world of basketball.
He had to listen to his dad. He had to stop kicking a ball...
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The United States Navy and 33 other countries recently carried out weeks of maritime training in the Gulf of Guinea, to improve safety against pirates and to improve the...
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Three teenage migrants were charged in Malta Saturday with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation against the crew, which is considered a...
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 doctor who survived Ebola honored for service in Liberia
HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — Almost five years have passed since he nearly died of Ebola in Liberia, but Richard Sacra has never wavered from his commitment to the struggling West African nation.
The 56-year-old family doctor from Massachusetts was among a handful of Americans treated and cured of Ebola during West Africa's deadly epidemic in 2014, which was the worst ever outbreak of the virus, claiming more than 11,000 lives over two years, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
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.
Texas pair convicted of enslaving African girl for 16 years
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.
Jurors found Mohamed Toure (TOHR'-eh) and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor. They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately set.
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.
Dutch Supreme Court upholds weapon smuggling conviction
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the war crimes conviction of a timber dealer who was found guilty last year of selling arms to former Liberian leader Charles Taylor and of complicity in war crimes committed by Taylor's forces in Liberia and Guinea from 2000 to 2003.
Guus Kouwenhoven was first convicted of arms smuggling in 2006 but later cleared on appeal. He was convicted in April last year based on new evidence and sentenced to 19 years in prison.
2 dead in continuing unrest in W. African country of Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Two young men were fatally shot amid continuing political unrest following the disputed results of this West African country's first municipal elections in 13 years, authorities said Thursday.
The two were killed at a demonstration in the capital city of Conakry on Wednesday night, according to police and opposition officials. Protesters have called on the government to release what they consider to be the true results of the poll.
Man takes refuge in Ann Arbor church to avoid deportation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A West African man with a genetic kidney disease has taken refuge in an Ann Arbor church to avoid deportation.
Mohamed Soumah will die without regular dialysis treatments. His native Guinea lacks adequate equipment and training for proper treatment.
The 44-year-old University of Michigan employee has lived in the U.S. for 15 years, married an American woman and has two native-born children.
Texas couple accused of enslaving Guinean girl for 16 years
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A suburban Fort Worth couple accused of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years has been indicted on federal charges that include forced labor.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, who are the son and daughter-in-law of a former president of the West African country of Guinea.
Texas couple indicted on charges they enslaved Guinean girl
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of a former West African leader have been indicted on charges that they enslaved a girl from their native country while living in Texas.
Mohamed Toure (too-RAY') and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, were named in an indictment returned Wednesday. The Fort Worth residents, both 57, are charged with forced labor, alien harboring and conspiracy. Mohamed Toure also is charged with making false statements to federal agents.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Three new cases of Guinea worm have been discovered in South Sudan, setting the country back in its efforts to eradicate the debilitating disease.
The World Health Organization says the cases were found among cattle-keepers in Rumbek. South Sudan's health minister, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, says teams have been sent to carry out community-based surveillance.
South Sudan had no reported cases in 2017, a rare success in the young nation deep in a five-year civil war.
Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too
MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent.
Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea.
Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian.
Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's transport ministry says four people are dead after a small plane crashed after takeoff from the capital, Conakry.
Transport Minister Aboubacar Sylla says among the dead in Sunday's crash are pilots from Germany and Cape Verde and technicians from Poland and Guinea. He says the bodies are being transferred to a morgue in the capital.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup of several foreign-born players after creative forward Youssef Msakni was sidelined with injury.
Msakni carried the team to its fifth World Cup, and had a hat trick in the penultimate qualifier in Guinea, but he injured his knee while playing for his Qatari club. So Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul is expected to rely on foreign-born players in a move that could unsettle a team that went unbeaten in qualifying.
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.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A group of African migrants set sail last month on a 1,900-mile (3,000-kilometer) journey across the Atlantic to Brazil, but quickly ran into trouble and were adrift for weeks before fishermen towed them ashore, Brazilian authorities said Monday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — About two dozen African migrants were brought ashore in northeastern Brazil after being rescued at sea by fishermen, Brazilian authorities said Sunday.
The government of Maranhao state said that 25 people from Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde along with two Brazilians landed Saturday.
The boat with the migrants was adrift when they were rescued, according to the G1 news portal, which also said they had been at sea for weeks.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has moved a suburban Fort Worth couple from a detention facility to house arrest as they await trial on forced-labor charges.
Federal court documents show U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton signed the order during a hearing Monday.
The defendants, Mohamed Toure and his wife Denise Cros-Toure, are the son and daughter-in-law of a former president of the West African country of Guinea.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested the son of a former president of the West African country of Guinea and his wife for allegedly enslaving a countrywoman in their Texas home.
Mohamed and Denise Cros-Toure were being held in a federal detention facility Friday pending a probable cause hearing Monday in Fort Worth on a forced labor charge.
PARIS (AP) — French businessman Vincent Bollore has been given preliminary charges in an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding lucrative port deals in Africa.
It was a stunning move against one of France's most powerful tycoons, whose Bollore Group has vast holdings from transport and media to the oil sector.
Bollore said in a statement Wednesday that he was released pending further investigation. The statement said he will now "answer these unfounded accusations."
Guinean police fire tear gas as opposition protests election
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Police in Guinea have used tear gas to disperse opposition supporters who burned tires and demonstrated in the capital to challenge the results of the country's first municipal elections in 13 years.
Opposition head Cellou Dalein Diallo says the actual results differ from the final ones that the electoral commission announced Saturday. The ruling party won a majority of seats.
The Feb. 4 vote resulted in violence that killed more than 10 people, including a policeman.
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 recently launched initiative aimed at ending HIV/AIDS, as a public health crisis in Africa, could be a catalyst to trigger discussions about HIV in the African-American and African diaspora communities in the United States.
Police: Muggers grab $190,000 from man visiting from Africa
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are searching for two mugging suspects who they say stole nearly $200,000 from a man visiting from the West African nation of Guinea.
Police say the attack happened Nov. 7 in the Bronx. Investigators say the 46-year-old man was making his way out of a building when he was attacked by two men. Police say one man ran off with the victim's book bag while the other suspect kept him in a headlock.
Red Cross: $6 million for Ebola fight stolen through fraud
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Fraud by Red Cross workers and others wasted at least $6 million meant to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization confirmed Saturday.
The revelations follow an internal investigation of how the organization handled more than $124 million during the 2014-2016 epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
As Africa tackles child marriage, young survivors speak out
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Sitting on the floor and dressed in black, the 15-year-old held her baby as panicked tears welled in her eyes. Her husband, two decades her senior, could kill her if he found out she was telling her story, she said.
She was married at age 13 in the West African nation of Guinea because her parents feared she could harm her marriage prospects by having premarital sex. At the time, she said, she had not even developed breasts.
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.
South Sudan winning against Guinea worm, says Jimmy Carter
TEREKEKA, South Sudan (AP) — War-torn South Sudan "should serve as an example" for other countries in the progress it is making in eradicating Guinea worm, said former United States President Jimmy Carter.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Carter praised the world's youngest nation for making steady progress in ridding itself of the debilitating parasite despite the "tremendous problems."
Nigeria first team from Africa through to World Cup
Nigeria was the first team from Africa to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, doing it with a game to spare and emerging from the so-called 'group of death' after beating Zambia 1-0 at home on Saturday.
The victory, clinched by substitute Alex Iwobi's goal with 17 minutes to go, ensured Nigeria will win Group B and qualify for the World Cup for the sixth time in the last seven tournaments.
Africa WCup qualifying: Cash for players, medicine for coach
Nigeria's players have been promised another "handsome reward" by a politician if they qualify for the World Cup this weekend after sharing $50,000 for the two games against African champion Cameroon last month.
Egypt coach Hector Cuper will just be happy if his blood pressure goes down after revealing he's taking medication to deal with the stress of World Cup qualifying.
Three years ago, the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history erupted in West Africa.
From early 2014 through March 2016, the highly infectious virus sickened more than 28,000 people and killed at least 11,300, terrorizing the countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and threatening public safety around the world.
Capt. John Redd, a medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, calls the crisis the “most grave public health challenge in a generation.”
US limits visas for African, Asian nations over deportations
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The United States will stop issuing certain visas to Eritrean nationals and officials of Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as of Wednesday because they have refused to take back deported citizens, the State Department said Tuesday.
Under federal law, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can stop all or specific types of visas from being issued to such nations.