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ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed

Jan. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo must spend at least another two weeks in detention at the International Criminal Court, despite being acquitted this week of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Judges ruled Friday that Gbagbo and former government youth...

Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead

Jan. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — An investigative journalist in Ghana who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday. His employers said he was assassinated. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was killed late...

Ailing Gabon president returns to Morocco for rehabilitation

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba has returned to Morocco to continue his recovery after a brief visit home, an official and a relative said Thursday. The relative said Bongo returned to Morocco late Tuesday after swearing in a new government. A Cabinet member confirmed...

Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction

Jan. 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was found 100...

Lawyers again urge ICC to release ex-Ivory Coast president

Jan. 17, 2019 10:06 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers on Thursday again called for the immediate release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and an ex-government minister from detention at the International Criminal Court following their acquittal this week on charges of involvement in deadly...

Burkina Faso says body of Canadian found days after man's abduction by suspected jihadists

Jan. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso says body of Canadian found days after man's abduction by suspected jihadists.

Investigative journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead by gunmen

Jan. 17, 2019 7:59 AM EST
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Investigative journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead by gunmen.

ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal

Jan. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. Prosecutors have...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel

Jan. 16, 2019 12:48 PM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel.