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Aid group facilities targeted in northeast Nigeria

Apr. 11, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked the offices of several international aid groups, setting them ablaze and renewing concerns Sunday about the safety of humanitarian workers in Nigeria's embattled northeast. There was no immediate claim of...

Chadians vote as Deby seeks to extend 3-decade presidency

Apr. 11, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno was widely expected to win re-election Sunday, extending his three-decade-long rule in this central African nation after three top opposition politicians chose not to take part in the vote. Some polling stations...

Spain: Rescuers find 4 dead, save 19 from vessel in Atlantic

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities said Sunday that they had recovered the bodies of four migrants from a boat along with 19 survivors who had taken the treacherous route from West Africa to the Canary Islands. Spain’s maritime rescue service said that its crews had...

Benin's president seeks re-election after violent protests

Apr. 11, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Benin's voters cast ballots Sunday in a presidential election that has been marred by violent demonstrations as incumbent leader Patrice Talon ran for a second term despite once pledging he would not. The opposition said the vote was going forward...

Today in History

Apr. 11, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 11, the 101st day of 2021. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 11, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration...

Chadian president seeks 6th term after 30 years in power

Apr. 10, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno is seeking to extend his three-decade long rule, running for a sixth time in this oil-producing Central African nation that is home to nearly half a million refugees and also plays a prominent role in the fight against Islamic...

Senegal, Spain leaders seek to encourage legal migration

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Spain signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to discourage illegal migration that has been increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Spain wants to order migratory flows through legal channels,” Spanish Prime Minister...