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Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ABOARD THE GEO BARENTS (AP) — Two vessels rescued around 190 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the coast of Libya, charities operating the vessels said Monday. The rescues came amid a spike in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean Sea. More...

Gunmen release 10 Nigerian students after collecting ransom

Sep. 19, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northern Nigeria have released 10 more students after a ransom was paid, but 21 others remain in captivity despite a pledge to release them all, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John Hayab, the chairman of the local Christian association,...

Guinea says it won't let detained ex-president leave country

Sep. 17, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's junta leaders vowed Friday that deposed President Alpha Conde would not be allowed to seek exile, saying they would not cave to mounting pressure from regional mediators who have imposed targeted sanctions after this month's coup. The...

Former Liberian military leader liable for church massacre

Sep. 17, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Liberian military commander who supervised the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed civilians at a church during that country's civil war in 1990 is liable under U.S. law for participating in extrajudicial killings and torture, a federal judge in Philadelphia has...

West Africa to impose bans, freeze assets of Guinea junta

Sep. 16, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders have decided to impose travel bans and freeze financial assets of members of Guinea’s ruling junta and their families after a coup more than a week ago, according to the bloc known as ECOWAS. The decisions were announced...

Macron, Merkel meet in Paris on world's crises, EU issues

Sep. 16, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris Thursday to discuss international crises and European issues, days before elections that will determine who succeeds her after 16 years in office. Key topics include the...

Nigerian air force probes reports it killed civilians

Sep. 16, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian air force says it is investigating reports that shots fired from one of its jets in the northeast killed civilians. This would be the fourth major accidental killing of civilians by the air force in less than 5 years as it faces...

France calls killing of Islamic State leader big victory

Sep. 16, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara died of wounds from a drone strike that hit him on a motorcycle last month in southern Mali, in a French-led operation involving backup from U.S., EU, Malian and Nigerien military forces, French authorities said Thursday. ...

France says head of Islamic State in Sahara has been killed

Sep. 15, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's president announced the death of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's leader late Wednesday, calling Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi's killing “a major success” for the French military after more than eight years fighting extremists in the Sahel. ...

French president says head of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, has been killed

Sep. 15, 2021 20:00 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French president says head of the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, has been killed.