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Mali's ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 76

Jan. 16, 2022 12:39 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the former president of Mali who took office in a landmark election held after a destabilizing coup only to be ousted in another military takeover nearly seven years later, has died. He was 76. Keita, known to Malians by his initials IBK,...

Three Chinese nationals abducted in Nigeria, police say

Jan. 06, 2022 22:51 PM EST

MAKURDI, Nigeria (AP) — Police in Nigeria said gunmen abducted three Chinese nationals working in the country's north central region, the latest incident in a cycle of violence in Africa's most populous nation. The gunmen also killed two Nigerians who were working with the...

Niger police seize 440 pounds of cocaine from mayor of town

Jan. 05, 2022 07:42 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Police in Niger have seized more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine from the vehicle of the mayor of a small town in the country's north, the government said Wednesday. Nearly 200 bricks of cocaine were apprehended in Agadez over the weekend from the...

France: Russia is funding Wagner Group mercenaries in Mali

Dec. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EST

NICE, France (AP) — France on Thursday condemned the Malian transitional authorities' decision to allow the deployment of the Wagner Group, and accused Moscow of funding the private military company's use of mercenaries in the West African country. “We are aware of the...

France kills IS militant linked to Niger giraffe park attack

Dec. 21, 2021 05:23 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French army says it has “neutralized” a regional Islamic State group leader wanted in connection with the killing of seven aid workers, mostly French citizens, and a leading guide in a Niger giraffe park in August 2020. France’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday...

Russia vetoes UN resolution linking climate change, security

Dec. 13, 2021 16:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Russia on Monday vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security, a vote that sank a years-long effort to make global warming a more central consideration for the U.N.'s most powerful body. ...

Burkina Faso, Niger force says it has killed 100 extremists

Dec. 10, 2021 09:22 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's military says that its joint operation with Niger's army has killed at least 100 extremist rebels. The Burkina Faso armed forces said on Friday that its joint force with neighboring Niger also arrested 20 suspects and seized...

Gunmen attack mosque in Nigeria’s troubled north, killing 16

Dec. 10, 2021 05:18 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen attacked a rural village in northern Nigeria, killing 16 worshippers at a mosque and kidnapping others, said a local official. The assault on Ba’are village in the Mashegu area of Niger state lasted for hours on Thursday, local government chairman...

UN chief: Climate change aggravates conflict and terrorism

Dec. 09, 2021 23:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Climate change is “an aggravating factor” for instability, conflict and terrorism, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. The U.N. chief said the regions that are most vulnerable to climate change “also suffer from insecurity, poverty,...

Leaders: Africa's COVID-19 fight is vital for world security

Dec. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EST

DIAMNIADIO, Senegal (AP) — Travel restrictions imposed on South Africa and other African nations for telling the world about the omicron variant are hypocritical, harsh and not supported by science, South Africa's president said Monday, recalling the phrase used by the U.N. chief, who called such...