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.
UN: December massacre in Congo left 535 people dead
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Intercommunal violence that left at 535 people dead in western Congo may amount to crimes against humanity, according to a report by United Nations investigators released on...
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health workers battling Ebola in eastern Congo are facing "a climate of deepening community mistrust" nearly seven months after the outbreak began, Doctors Without Borders...
Booby-trapped corpse explodes in Mali, killing 10
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A booby-trapped corpse exploded and killed 10 people this week during a burial in central Mali, and the United Nations says the perpetrators must be condemned.
Congo: 4 Ebola patients missing after 2nd clinic attack
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Intruders attacked a treatment center run by Doctors Without Borders for the second time in four days, leaving four Ebola patients missing and forcing the medical aid group...
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...
US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday hit senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding December...
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.
NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.
The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport's global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league's plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.
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.
Grandmothers helping to banish female genital circumcision
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Kadiatou Balde grew up in a Senegalese village with the tradition of female genital mutilation. She never had a choice, but now as a community elder she is helping to banish the practice, one conversation at a time.
She started speaking out about the long-taboo issue when the Grandmothers Project came to her village.
Experts call for emergency declaration on Congo’s Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international group of public health experts on Monday called on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring Congo's Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency.
The group of experts wrote in the Lancet that such a call would help galvanize "high-level political, financial, and technical support to address the Ebola outbreak that started last May."
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.
As Ebola outbreak marks 6 months, health centers a concern
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo marked six months on Friday with officials noting a worrying number of confirmed cases linked to health centers.
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.
Gambia and Senegal finally inaugurate connecting bridge
FARAFENNI, Gambia (AP) — Gambian President Adama Barrow and his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, cut the ribbon this week on a project that was decades in the making, a bridge that links the north and south banks of the Gambia River and ties the neighbors closer together.
"Our wish is that the bridge stands from now on as a symbol of Senegambian unity, friendship and love," the Gambian leader told thousands of people who gathered to witness the inauguration and walked across in celebration.
In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.
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.
Fight against racism dominates Inter’s draw with Sassuolo
MILAN (AP) — An ugly chant was turned into a powerful symbol against racism as Inter Milan drew 0-0 with Sassuolo in front of an unusual San Siro crowd on Saturday.
It was the second of two matches Inter had to play behind closed doors as part of its punishment for racist chanting in the Dec. 26 league match against Napoli. The club, though, was allowed to let in more than 10,000 children from local schools in an initiative against discrimination.
French military says airstrikes kill 15 extremists in Mali
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The French military says it has carried out airstrikes in central Mali that killed some 15 members of an unnamed extremist group that had been preparing an attack.
A statement on Saturday says the airstrikes were carried out on Jan. 10 in coordination with the West African nation's armed forces. The statement says the extremists had been planning an attack on a "symbolic institution" in the Dialoube 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.
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.
A look at Gabon, where government foiled an attempted coup
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A look at Gabon, the Central West African country where the government has retained power after putting down an attempted coup on Monday.
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Food bloggers bring Africa’s rich cuisines to the world
NGAPAROU, Senegal (AP) — In the quiet hours before lunch, two women worked side by side in an airy kitchen. One, a chef, cleaned fresh red snapper filets with a sharp knife. The other, a filmmaker, pointed her camera into a large pot of simmering vegetables.
"What would you say this is, low heat or medium?" Tuleka Prah asked, setting the camera aside.
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.
Gambia’s journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Journalists in Gambia have launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy, and far more freedom, to media emerging from a dictatorship that ruled the tiny West African nation for more than two decades.
During the 22 years of former President Yahya Jammeh's rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has vowed new freedoms after he fled into exile in early 2017 following a surprise election defeat.
Napoli coach Ancelotti: We’ll walk off with racist abuse
MILAN (AP) — Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threatened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his players is subject to continued racist abuse.
Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli's match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy system warning fans that would happen but no further action was taken.
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.
AP PHOTOS: Migrant families wait, torn between hope, grief
DOUGUE, Senegal (AP) — Barely 20 years old, Mariama Konte was neither widow nor wife.
For nearly four years, she told her two young children that their father is traveling for work. Only in the last few weeks has she begun to accept the possibility that Abdrahamane drowned at sea, like so many migrants from this dusty, impoverished corner of eastern Senegal.
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.
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.
Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight.
Arguments in UN-linked business bribery trial draw to close
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. prosecutor told a jury Tuesday that a "cheating" Hong Kong businessman undermined faith in the international market by lining the pockets of two African presidents to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate.
But a defense attorney for Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho called the prosecution "deeply flawed" and assailed the credibility of a Senegalese diplomat who had been indicted alongside Ho before agreeing to testify for the government.
Salah on list of nominees for African player of year
CAIRO (AP) — Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been put on a list of 34 players in the running for the African player of the year award.
The Egypt international won the award last year.
Other big-name nominees announced by the Confederation of African Football include Sadio Mane of Senegal, Alex Iwobi of Nigeria, Mehdi Benatia of Morocco, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Riyad Mahrez of Algeria.
Children suffering in Central African Republic 5 years on
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Children are bearing the brunt of five years of fighting in Central African Republic as thousands are trapped in armed groups, many suffer sexual violence, tens of thousands go hungry and one in four have fled their homes, the United Nations children's agency said Friday.
The new report pleads for millions in funding for one of the world's most "neglected" crises.
NBA making a ‘long-term play’ in Africa
SALY, Senegal (AP) — Timothy Ighoefe is an intimidating defender at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds. Still, the Nigerian knows he must improve if his decision to play basketball instead of soccer is going to pay off and take him to the NBA.
The 18-year-old Ighoefe has committed to play for Patrick Ewing at Georgetown University next season, only three years after switching to basketball in his hometown of Lagos.
Senegalese diplomat says Chad president rejected $2M bribe
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Chad became enraged four years ago after a Chinese oil and gas company tried to bribe him with $2 million cash secreted in gift boxes, a Senegalese diplomat told a federal jury Wednesday.
Virunga National Park says ranger killed in militia attack
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A wildlife park in eastern Congo that is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas says a park ranger has been killed after an attack by armed militia at a ranger post on Lake Edward.
Virunga National Park said the situation has been stabilized and an investigation into Wednesday morning's attack has been opened. It said Kasereka Masumbuko Ezechiel has worked at the park since 2012, expressing gratitude for his service and sending condolences to his family.
Congo starts first-ever trial testing Ebola drugs
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo has begun the first-ever trial to test the effectiveness and safety of four experimental Ebola drugs, the first time scientists have directly compared such treatments, the World Health Organization said Monday.
The U.N. health agency described the multi-drug trial as "a giant step" that would "bring clarity about what works best."
Time for France to give back looted African art, experts say
PARIS (AP) — African artworks held in French museums — richly carved thrones, doors to a royal kingdom, wooden statues imbued with spiritual meaning — may be heading back home to Africa at last.
French President Emmanuel Macron, trying to turn the page on France's colonial past , received a report Friday on returning art looted from African lands.
Mane agrees new long-term deal with Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Senegal forward Sadio Mane agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool on Thursday.
The length of the deal was undisclosed by the English Premier League club, but media reports suggested it would run until 2023.
Mane joins fellow strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in signing new contracts in the last six months.
US, rights groups pressure Mauritania over slavery
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — International rights groups are urging Mauritania to release anti-slavery activists, as the United States has announced it will end trade benefits to the West African country over the continuation of slavery.
Amnesty International and 32 other human rights organizations on Thursday called for the release of 35-year-old blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who remains in custody in an undisclosed location, with limited access to his family and no access to his lawyers.
19th-century Jewish graves rededicated in Cape Verde
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — After years of careful restoration, two 19th century Jewish cemeteries were rededicated in Cape Verde on Tuesday, part of an effort financed by the Moroccan king to preserve the archipelago's cultural heritage.
On wind-swept Santo Antao island, local dignitaries, international diplomats, and prominent Jewish figures gathered for the ceremony where seven of the graves are located.
Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies
Madagascar reached its first African Cup of Nations on Tuesday, also becoming the first team to qualify for next year's continental championship.
Senegal and Egypt soon sealed their spots as well, despite playing without injured stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Sadio Mane breaks bone in hand, out of Senegal qualifier
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sadio Mane has broken a bone in his left hand while away with Senegal for African Cup of Nations qualifiers and won't play against Sudan on Tuesday.
Senegal team doctor Abdourahmane Fedior says the Liverpool forward was injured in the home qualifier against Sudan on Saturday, when Senegal won 3-0.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse confirmed Mane won't be considered for the return game in Khartoum although he has still traveled to Sudan with the squad.