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Chad president Deby dies at 68 after three-decade rule

Apr. 20, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled Chad for more than 30 years and became an important ally to Western nations in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, has been killed while battling against rebels in the north according to the military. He was 68. ...

Rebels vow to take capital after Chadian president killed

Apr. 20, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad’s president of three decades died of wounds suffered during a visit to front-line troops battling a shadowy rebel group, the military announced Tuesday, as the insurgents vowed to take the capital in what could become a violent battle for control of the...

Chad president wins 6th term as rebels acknowledge retreat

Apr. 19, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno easily won a sixth term in office, election officials announced late Monday not long after the leader of an advancing rebel group threatening his rule announced making a “strategic withdrawal.” Deby, who has...

Suspected Islamic militants kill 19 people in Niger village

Apr. 18, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a village near Niger's troubled border with Mali, shooting at people as they prayed at the mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and killing 19 people, officials said Sunday. The attack took place Saturday...

Chad army claims it has stopped rebel drive toward capital

Apr. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — The Chadian military said it had halted an advance by rebels coming from neighboring Libya, but the rebel group said Sunday that it was pressing ahead after the American and British embassies warned of a possible assault on the capital in the coming days. ...

Thousands flee attacks in Nigeria, clashes continue, says UN

Apr. 16, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. agencies said Friday that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing deadly attacks by armed groups and the continuing clashes between the rebels and national forces in the country's troubled northeastern Borno state. The latest rebel attack on...

UN report: Many women in poor nations can't say, `No sex'

Apr. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Less than half the women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to say “no” to sex with their partners, to decide whether to use contraception, or to seek health care, a U.N. report said Wednesday. The report by the U.N. Population...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger's capital, killing 20 children, hospital officials said Wednesday. The pupils — between the ages of 7 and 13 — were attending class at the time the blaze...

Benin's president wins re-election in preliminary results

Apr. 13, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — President Patrice Talon has been re-elected with a majority of votes cast in Benin's presidential election, according to provisional results released Tuesday by the national electoral commission. Talon received more than 86.3% of the votes cast...