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Mali army and French forces kill 100 extremists this month

January 27, 2021 GMT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Mali’s army and French forces in the West African nation have killed at least 100 Islamic extremists so far this year, the army said Wednesday.

Pirates attack Turkish ship off W. Africa; kill 1, kidnap 15

January 24, 2021 GMT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Armed pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one of them, officials said Sunday as Turkey sought to recover the…

3 peacekeepers killed, 6 wounded by attack in northern Mali

January 14, 2021 GMT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Three United Nations peacekeepers died and six more were wounded Wednesday in northern Mali hours before the U.N.’s top official in the country expressed cautious optimism that…

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France seeks strategy change to reduce troops in West Africa

January 7, 2021 GMT
 

Soldiers burst into Ghana’s parliament ahead of swearing-in

January 7, 2021 GMT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A group of military officers burst onto the floor of Ghana’s parliament overnight after an apparent dispute between ruling and opposition party lawmakers ahead of Thursday’s…

Jihadists in Niger kill at least 100 in mounting violence

January 4, 2021 GMT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 100 civilians were killed in Niger over the weekend by extremists who attacked two villages, as insurgent violence mounts in the West African nation.

Attacks on 2 villages in Niger kill at least 100 people

January 3, 2021 GMT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Islamic extremists staged attacks on two villages in Niger near its border with Mali, killing at least 100 people, Niger’s prime minister said Sunday.

Niger to hold second round of presidential vote next month

January 2, 2021 GMT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger will hold a second round in its presidential election after none of the 28 candidates in the Dec. 27 vote won a majority, according to results released Saturday by the…

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Religious leaders worldwide, across faiths who died in 2020

December 31, 2020 GMT
 

Explosive kills 3 French army soldiers on mission in Mali

December 28, 2020 GMT
 

Niger votes in presidential, legislative elections

December 27, 2020 GMT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger voted Sunday in presidential and legislative elections that could see the West African country’s first democratic transition of power since independence amid a growing…

Niger votes Sunday on path to 1st democratic power transfer

December 24, 2020 GMT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger could see its first democratic transition of power since independence in the elections being held on Sunday amid a growing threat from jihadists in the region….

Nigerian official: More than 300 abducted schoolboys freed

December 18, 2020 GMT
 

Ghana’s main opposition party will contest election results

December 10, 2020 GMT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Ghana’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, whose candidate came in second in a tightly contested presidential election, has said it will contest the…

Ghana president re-elected for 2nd term in tight race

December 9, 2020 GMT
 

Ghana votes for president in test of country’s stability

December 7, 2020 GMT
 

Ghana heads to polls next week as democracy tested in region

December 5, 2020 GMT
 

Ivory Coast ex-president plans to return home from exile

December 4, 2020 GMT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo plans to return to his home country after his passport was returned following his acquittal at The Hague last year, his…

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Diop, who delivered memorable World Cup upset, dies at 42

November 29, 2020 GMT
 

Reward offered in fire that killed 5, including 2 children

November 24, 2020 GMT
 

Niger’s former President Mamadou Tandja dies at age 82

November 24, 2020 GMT
 

Spain’s foreign minister visits Senegal to discuss migration

November 22, 2020 GMT
 

American citizen killed in Burkina Faso, US State Dept says

November 22, 2020 GMT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An American citizen has been killed in the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, according to the U.S. State Department.

Burkina Faso to vote amid escalating violence

November 20, 2020 GMT
 

Burkina Faso moves ahead with vote despite extremist attacks

November 18, 2020 GMT
 

Migrant arrivals putting pressure on Spain’s Canary Islands

November 16, 2020 GMT
 

Spain searches for answer to migrants eyeing Canary Islands

November 13, 2020 GMT
 

Senegal cops arrest dad of teen who died on boat to Europe

November 12, 2020 GMT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Police in Senegal have arrested the father of a 15-year-old boy who died at sea in October while trying to migrate to Europe, according to local reports Thursday.

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Ghana’s former president Jerry Rawlings dies at 73

November 12, 2020 GMT
 

Ivory Coast president meets opposition leader amid tensions

November 11, 2020 GMT
 

Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure dies at 72

November 10, 2020 GMT
 

Extremists kill 12, kidnap others in Nigeria, residents say

November 3, 2020 GMT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Insurgents have killed at least 12 people and abducted nine women and young girls in Nigeria’s troubled northeast, residents said Tuesday.

France says its forces kill 50 Islamic extremists in Mali

November 3, 2020 GMT

PARIS (AP) — French military forces fighting Islamic extremists in West Africa killed more than 50 jihadists and detained four in an operation last week in Mali, French officials…

Ivory Coast’s electoral commission says that President Alassane Ouattara has overwhelmingly won a third term

November 3, 2020 GMT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s electoral commission says that President Alassane Ouattara has overwhelmingly won a third term.

Ivory Coast opposition vows to form transition government

November 2, 2020 GMT
 

US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

October 31, 2020 GMT
 

Ivory Coast opposition asserts 12 dead in election violence

October 31, 2020 GMT
 

American kidnapped in southern Niger, says local official

October 27, 2020 GMT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen kidnapped an American citizen in the West African nation of Niger early Tuesday and demanded a ransom from his relatives, a local government official…

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Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

October 24, 2020 GMT
 

Tension mounts as Guinea awaits presidential poll results

October 22, 2020 GMT
 

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

October 21, 2020 GMT
 

Tensions mount in Guinea as nation awaits election results

October 21, 2020 GMT
 

Guinea opposition reports 3 deaths amid election standoff

October 20, 2020 GMT
 

Guinea’s opposition leader claims election victory

October 19, 2020 GMT
 

Guinea votes to see if president can extend decade in power

October 18, 2020 GMT
 

Guinea’s president, 82, seeks to prolong rule in Sunday vote

October 16, 2020 GMT
 

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

September 4, 2020 GMT
 

Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life

June 24, 2020 GMT
 

Liberian girl’s song about COVID-19 being played on radio

May 6, 2020 GMT
 

Africa, Latin America fragile targets for coronavirus spread

March 20, 2020 GMT
 

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