DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general has condemned an attack on a U.N. convoy in Mali that killed a peacekeeper from Egypt.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The sun had yet to rise and Ada Diallo was preparing for morning prayers when gunfire rang out in her village in central Mali. The 55-year-old ran through the darkness to the...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's prime minister has resigned after pressure over growing insecurity in the West African nation including a recent massacre.
GENEVA (AP) — The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but is of "deep concern," the World Health Organization said Friday.
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...
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...
HARBEL, Liberia (AP) — The 6,500 workers at the Firestone rubber plantation in Liberia are bracing for job cuts after the American-owned company announced it will substantially reduce its...
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh looted the tiny West African nation of $1 billion through fear and privilege during his 22 years in power, an amount more than 10 times...
Tobacco pipe could connect people to enslaved ancestors
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A tobacco pipe found along Generals Highway could connect people with African ancestors who were enslaved in Anne Arundel.
20 dead, mostly children, in Nigeria building collapse
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty people are confirmed dead in the school building that collapsed in Nigeria on Wednesday, and most of them are children, an official said Friday.
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."
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has again been pushed back for two Navy SEALs and two Marines charged in the slaying of an Army Green Beret while they were stationed in west...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville, Virginia, is sending surplus firefighting gear to its sister city in Ghana.
The Daily Progress reports that later this summer, two city...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities say nine soldiers serving with the regional G5 Sahel force have been killed in an attack in central Mali.
The Malian army said Friday that the nine died after...
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.
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Africa’s largest democracy finally goes to vote, a week late
KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A voting card and a metal rod for self-defense are both close at hand in Christopher Obiorah's tiny bookshop but he hopes to use just one of them when Africa's largest...
Sierra Leone president declares rape a national emergency
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's president has declared a national emergency over rape and sexual violence, saying perpetrators are getting younger and their acts more violent.
In a keynote address on Thursday, President Julius Maada Bio said hundreds of cases of rape and sexual assault are reported each month in the West African nation against women, girls and babies as young as three months old.
6 arrests in killing of journalist who exposed FIFA official
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Six people have been arrested and released on bail in connection with last month's killing in Ghana of an undercover journalist who exposed a high-ranking official at FIFA as corrupt, police said on Friday.
David Eklu, director general of police public affairs, said the arrests on Thursday were "preliminary arrests based on reasonable suspicion."
Police did not identify any of the suspects. Eklu said there was "no strong evidence for now."
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.
Descendants from last US slave ship gathering in Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The years have been hard on Africatown USA.
Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the coastal Alabama community now shows scarcely a trace of its founders.
Jihadists retaliate after Burkina Faso military offensive
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The commander general of Burkina Faso's army says five gendarmes are dead and three wounded after jihadists retaliated against counterterror operations that killed 146 of their fighters earlier this week.
Commander Gen. Moise Minoungou also said late Tuesday that armed forces killed 21 jihadists after they attacked a military base in Oursi.
Ghana denies noncooperation with US over deportations
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana's foreign ministry is denying United States allegations of noncooperation in taking back thousands of its deported nationals, which has led to visa restrictions.
A statement late Friday by the West African nation notes the restrictions "with concern and disappointment."
US imposes visa restrictions on Ghana over deportees
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States says it has imposed visa restrictions on Ghana, saying the West African nation is not cooperating in taking back its deported nationals.
A Department of Homeland Security statement says Ghana "has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States."
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.
Will Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo, acquitted at ICC, return home?
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The acquittal at the International Criminal Court of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity is making waves in the West African nation where some celebrate his pending release but others fear a repeat of the deadly 2010-2011 post-election violence that led him to The Hague.
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.
Liberia’s footballer president Weah marks year in office
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Star footballer-turned-politician George Weah marks a year as Liberia's president on Tuesday as many in the impoverished country debate whether he has begun to deliver on dramatic campaign promises.
FIFA's 1995 player of the year in his inaugural speech vowed to give the West African nation's young population hope through job creation and a war on corruption, saying "Liberians will no longer be spectators in their own economy."
Burkina Faso names new government amid extremist threats
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's president has nominated a new prime minister after a mass resignation last week.
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore on Saturday appointed Christophe Joseph Marie Dabire as the West African nation's new premier in a decree read on Burkina Faso National Television.
Al-Qaida-linked jihadists kill 10 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked jihadists carried out one of the deadliest attacks on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in months, killing 10 peacekeepers and wounding at least 25 in northern Mali, the U.N. said Sunday.
All of the peacekeepers killed in the assault on their camp in Aguelhoc were from Chad, the U.N. secretary-general's spokesman said in a statement. He strongly condemned the attack, saying it may constitute a war crime.
LeBron, pickle juice help Tiafoe reach Australian Open QFs
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe just kept shaking his head and calling the whole thing "crazy" and "unbelievable." Which it all kind of is.
That he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal on his 21st birthday by beating No. 20 seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (1), 7-5 at the Australian Open on Sunday.
That he did it with the hydrating help of pickle juice guzzled during changeovers to fend off cramps.
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.
Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday.
The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was found 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company.
Woodman's son, Matt Woodman, emailed The Associated Press confirming his father's death.
Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday.
The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in Tiabongou, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mansila in Yagha province, said ministry spokesman Jean Paul Badoum. Woodman worked for the Progress Mineral Mining Company.
UK hacker jailed for attack on Liberian telecoms firm
LONDON (AP) — A British computer hacker has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for a cyberattack that knocked out telecommunications services in Liberia.
Daniel Kaye was paid by an employee of a rival firm to launch a distributed denial of service attack on Liberian phone and internet provider Lonestar.
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.
US concerned at reported Nigerian election intimidation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States said Thursday that Nigeria's upcoming national elections will be "a critical test of democracy" in the country and the region, and expressed concern at reports of intimidation and partisanship by government security forces.
UN says some 30,000 people flee new Nigeria fighting
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some 30,000 people have fled fresh fighting in northeastern Nigeria, the United Nations said Wednesday, amid what the government has called an extremist resurgence.
The clashes between Nigeria's military and armed groups near Lake Chad late last month triggered "massive displacement" and a "humanitarian tragedy," said the statement by the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Edward Kallon.
Gabon government thwarts coup attempt, 2 plotters dead
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government thwarted an attempted military coup on Monday, retaining control of the oil-rich West African nation after two plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested, the government said.
Authorities regained control of state broadcasting offices and a major thoroughfare in the capital, Libreville, which were the only areas taken over by the officers, government spokesman Guy-Betrand Mapangou told Radio France International.
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.
Gambia truth commission begins to address Jammeh-era abuses
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambians heaved a sigh of relief when longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh flew into exile in early 2017 after a surprise election defeat. Two years after a "new Gambia" emerged from the shadows, the West African nation now begins to address the alleged human rights abuses committed over more than two decades.
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.
Death toll in Burkina Faso community clashes rises to 46
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says the death toll has jumped to 46 in community clashes earlier this week amid growing fears of extremism.
Spokesman Remis Dandjinou in a statement read on national television on Friday said the new toll remains provisional while the fighting is under investigation. He called the attempt to divide the country's people "despicable."
American Kennel Club adds a breed: the speedy, sleek Azawakh
NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club's pack of recognized breeds.
The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh (AHZ'-ah-wahk) became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though they're not eligible for the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until 2020.
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.
How Selma, Birmingham helped chef reclaim soul food
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Chef Carla Hall knows soul food. She's been cooking it for her entire career. Now, her mission is to reclaim it. When she set out to trace the path of soul food throughout the South, that journey brought her to Alabama.
In her cookbook "Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration," released Oct. 23, her first step in reclaiming soul food is to define it.
"Soul food is the true food of African Americans," she writes.
Burkina Faso says 10 gendarmes killed in ambush near Mali
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's security minister says 10 gendarmes have been killed in an ambush after unidentified attackers set fire to a school near the border with Mali.
Clement Sawadogo says troops who arrived to reinforce the gendarmes in Sourou province early Thursday accidentally triggered an explosive device, injuring three members of the security forces.
The West African nation has seen increasing attacks by Islamic extremists since 2015.