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Thousands of migrant kids have reached the Canary Islands alone. Local officials want Spain's help

Jul. 23, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The children sometimes won't stop crying. Health workers dealing with migrants arriving on Spain's Canary Islands try to understand if the tears are from illness, injury or, as is often the case, from pure shock. One young Senegalese boy who disembarked...

Terrorism and organized crime rampant in Sahel and spilling into West Africa coastal states, UN says

Jul. 12, 2024 20:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Terrorism and organized crime by violent extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State are a “pervasive threat” in Africa's volatile Sahel region and are spilling over to West Africa's coastal countries, the top U.N. envoy for the area warned Friday. ...

Senegal’s leader wasn't born when ECOWAS was founded. He's asked to reunite the bloc split by coups

Jul. 08, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye, Africa's youngest, is suddenly faced with a huge challenge of reuniting a weakened regional bloc that is older than him. The 44-year-old Faye was tasked on Sunday with getting the military junta-ruled Mali, Niger and...

Military leaders of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso rule out returning to the ECOWAS regional bloc

Jul. 06, 2024 19:13 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Military junta leaders of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso on Saturday ruled out returning their nations to the West Africa regional bloc whose division could further jeopardize efforts to undo coups and curb violence spreading across the region. The leaders of...

Mali's army and Russian mercenaries accused of killing dozens of civilians in Kidal region

Jul. 05, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's army and Russian mercenaries killed dozens of civilians during a military operation last month in northern Mali, civil organization and community members alleged Friday, amid a surge in violence after the ruling junta broke off a peace agreement with rebel groups. ...

Extremists attack a wedding ceremony in Mali and kill at least 21

Jul. 03, 2024 09:50 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An armed group attacked a wedding ceremony in central Mali and killed at least 21 people, residents said Wednesday, as the West African nation's military rulers struggle to combat growing violence by extremists. The assailants rode on motorcycles into...

Mauritania goes to the polls with a regional security crisis and economic concerns among the issues

Jun. 27, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Nearly 2 million people go to the polls on Saturday in Mauritania, a vast desert nation in West Africa which positions itself as a strategic ally of the West in a region swept by coups and violence, but has been denounced for rights abuses. President...

Opposition activists arrested in a crackdown in Mali were moved to prisons, families say

Jun. 26, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Opposition politicians who were arrested in a crackdown in Mali were sent to prisons across the country this week, their families said, in a move rights groups decried as another step back for the country where the ruling junta has suspended all political activities. ...

ICC convicts al-Qaida-linked leader of abusing prisoners in Mali

Jun. 26, 2024 10:18 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court on Wednesday convicted an al-Qaida-linked extremist leader of the religious persecution and torture of prisoners in Mali in 2012-13 when he headed the Islamic police in the historic desert city of Timbuktu. Al Hassan...

International Criminal Court convicts al-Qaida-linked extremist leader of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali

Jun. 26, 2024 06:46 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court convicts al-Qaida-linked extremist leader of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali.