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Jihadis attack jail in Nigeria's capital, 600 inmates escape

Jul. 06, 2022 07:05 AM EDT

KUJE, ABUJA (AP) — At least 600 inmates escaped in a jailbreak in Nigeria's capital city, officials said Wednesday, blaming the attack on Islamic extremist rebels. About 300 have been recaptured, authorities said. The “very determined” rebels attacked the Kuje...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...

South Africa holds funeral for 21 teens who died in tavern

Jul. 06, 2022 04:52 AM EDT

EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — More than a thousand grieving family and community members are attending the funeral in South Africa's East London for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tragedy at a nightclub nearly two weeks ago. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is to...

South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy

Jul. 06, 2022 04:43 AM EDT
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — South African president joins hundreds of mourners at funeral for 21 teenagers who died in mysterious tavern tragedy.

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.

Jul. 06, 2022 03:22 AM EDT
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Nigerian Mohammad Barkindo, has died.

Cairo's historic Nile River houseboats removed in govt push

Jul. 06, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — With verdant gardens on one side and water on the other, they were an anomaly in a city bordered on three sides by desert. For decades, Cairo's houseboats occupied prime waterfront real estate, offering residents a front-row seat to the passing Nile River, with its water taxis,...

2 UN peacekeepers from Egypt were killed, 5 wounded in Mali

Jul. 05, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. armored vehicle hit a mine Tuesday in central Mali, killing two Egyptian peacekeepers and seriously wounding five others in another deadly incident targeting the U.N. mission in the West African nation that has faced a decade-long Islamic insurgency. ...

Morocco accused of blocking UN visit to Western Sahara

Jul. 05, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The pro-independence Polisario Front accused Morocco of obstructing a visit by the U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara region and called on the United Nations to reveal the reasons why. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had said Friday that the...

Algeria marks 60 years of independence with military parade

Jul. 05, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria celebrated 60 years of independence from France on Tuesday with nationwide ceremonies, a pardon of 14,000 prisoners and its first military parade in decades. Opposition figures and pro-democracy activists called the elaborate celebrations an effort...

2 Egyptian peacekeepers killed, 5 others injured in Mali

Jul. 05, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two United Nations peacekeepers from Egypt were killed and five others seriously wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by suspected jihadis in northern Mali on Tuesday, the U.N. said. The deadly attack comes just days after the renewal of the mandate...