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UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding...

Mali says several extremists dead in new military offensive

Nov. 12, 2019 12:40 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Mali's government says several extremists have been killed after the army launched a large-scale offensive in parts of the central Mopti region. The government said Monday that soldiers have found identity cards of several nationalities. It said the operation is being carried out with...

China hands Japanese politician life in prison in drug case

Nov. 8, 2019 4:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A court in southern China sentenced an elderly former Japanese politician to life in prison Friday for smuggling drugs in shoes packed inside a suitcase he was trying to take to his home country. A man from Mali was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and a Guinean received a life...

US targets al-Qaida leaders in West Africa and Mideast

Nov. 7, 2019 1:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to turn up pressure on three senior al-Qaida leaders in Africa and the Middle East. The State Department placed the head of the main al-Qaida affiliate in Mali on a terrorism blacklist. It also offered rewards for information leading to the location of...

Burkina Faso leader vows to defeat 'terrorists' after ambush

Nov. 7, 2019 11:16 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's president vowed Thursday that security forces will hunt down "terrorists and all their accomplices," a day after at least 37 people were killed in the West African nation when gunmen attacked a convoy carrying employees of a Canadian mining company. President...

IS group claims responsibility for attacks in Mali

Nov. 4, 2019 10:09 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on the Malian army and a French army convoy in northeastern Mali. In a statement issued on an IS-affiliate website, the group said it killed 70 Malian soldiers in an attack last week in Indelimane in Mali's volatile...

Malian government confirms at least 54 dead in jihadist attack on military in the north

Nov. 2, 2019 5:35 AM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian government confirms at least 54 dead in jihadist attack on military in the north.

Malian army says 15 soldiers dead after attack on forces

Nov. 1, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Malian military says at least 15 soldiers are dead after an attack in northern Mali. The death toll from the violence that took place in the Menaka area was announced late Friday on the Malian armed forces' Twitter account. The attack was expected to further raise tensions in the...

Extremist attacks in northern Burkina Faso kill at least 19

Oct. 28, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Local reports say suspected jihadists killed at least 19 people in attacks in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend. Radio Omega said Monday that gunmen attacked the village of Pobe Mengao in the Sahel region, killing at least 16 people. It said assailants stole...

Extremist attacks intensify at Mali, Burkina Faso border

Oct. 23, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Assaya Ngweba says Islamic extremists transformed his once-peaceful village in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali, into "a place of misfortune and death." Now the 78-year-old is among half a million people who have fled the area this year as the extremists linked to al-Qaida and...