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Mali constitutional court upholds election results

Aug. 20, 2018 10:29 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term. The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent. There was a 34...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

Aug. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his...

Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

Aug. 18, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Streets were hushed as the West African nation of Ghana on Saturday mourned Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post. President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered flags to fly at half-staff for a week while trying to...

1 dead, 6 injured after building collapse in Nigeria capital

Aug. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An emergency response chief says one person is dead and six are injured after Friday's collapse of a four-story building in Nigeria's capital. Mustapha Maihaja with the National Emergency Management Agency says one of the injured is in critical condition after the shopping complex...

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

Aug. 17, 2018 3:13 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court. Soumaila Cisse held a news conference to...

Nigeria construction site collapses, trapping several people

Aug. 17, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian rescue officials say they are working to pull out a number of people trapped under the rubble of a collapsed shopping complex that was under construction in the capital, Abuja. Labaran Ahman, Federal Capital Emergency Agency search and rescue chief, said Friday that many...

Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

Aug. 17, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights. An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar's arrest...

Mali's president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent

Aug. 16, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a second five-year term in the turbulent West African nation with more than 67 percent of the vote in a runoff election, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said Thursday. Opposition leader Soumaila Cisse received over 32 percent of the...

Mali's president wins runoff election with more than 67 percent of the vote

Aug. 16, 2018 6:01 AM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's president wins runoff election with more than 67 percent of the vote.