Latest West Africa News

The Latest: England players won over by Argentine tea

Jun. 23, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the World Cup (all times local): 8:27 p.m. The traditional Argentina tea 'mate' is rivalling good old English tea for popularity among England's World Cup squad. England coach Gareth Southgate says a number of his players are partaking in a cup of mate (mah-TAY) in...

Friendship between players has limits at World Cup

Jun. 23, 2018 1:28 PM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Even a great friendship between players who used to be at the same club has its limits when it comes to the World Cup. Senegal forward Sadio Mane can attest to that. The African team faces Japan in their second Group H game on Sunday in Yekaterinburg, and a defensive mainstay...

5 killed in suspected Boko Haram extremist attack in Nigeria

Jun. 23, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A member of a civilian self-defense group says five people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram extremists in northern Nigeria. Maina Shettima tells The Associated Press that the bodies were found Saturday morning in Tungushe village just outside Maiduguri, the...

Kickoff: Tiny Panama stands in way of England advancing

Jun. 23, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely. The younger, friendlier squad — a minor dust-up with the media notwithstanding — began with a 2-1 win over Tunisia on a late header by Harry Kane, who also scored the team's...

Senegal, Japan: underdogs aiming for a round of 16 spot

Jun. 23, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising of the underdogs at this World Cup, in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites. Defying expectations, Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in its opening match to become the first team from...

Community gardens in Iowa help connect Liberian residents

Jun. 23, 2018 1:06 AM EDT

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — While putting down roots in Muscatine, Esther Deseh is also pulling a few out of the ground. She and other Liberian in the community plant vegetable gardens near Mulford Church. The space, plots and water supply are provided by the church. Many people garden in the early evening...

Man convicted of escaping ICE custody at NYC airport

Jun. 22, 2018 9:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Senegalese man has been convicted of escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in New York's Kennedy International Airport. A jury in federal court in Brooklyn deliberated for about two hours on Friday before finding Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke guilty of the misdemeanor....

The Latest: Germany, Mexico, Belgium headline Saturday games

Jun. 22, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:13 a.m. Will Germany follow Brazil's lead in righting the ship after a rocky World Cup start, or will the defending champ find itself keeping company with Argentina, needing help if it hopes to advance? The World Cup could take...

Who's in and who's out at the World Cup

Jun. 22, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Who's in, who's out and possible scenarios at the World Cup: GROUP A Russia and Uruguay have clinched berths in the round of 16, and play each other Monday to determine who wins the group. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated. GROUP B Morocco has been eliminated, leaving Portugal and...

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Jun. 22, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its...