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David Diop wins International Booker Prize with WWI story

Jun. 02, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A harrowing but poetic tale of comradeship, colonialism and the horrors of war won the International Booker Prize for fiction on Wednesday. “At Night All Blood is Black” by French writer David Diop beat five other finalists to take the 50,000-pound...

African Union suspends Mali after coup, threatens sanctions

Jun. 02, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The African Union has suspended Mali and is threatening sanctions after the junta leader grabbed back control of the government last week, marking the second coup d'etat in only nine months. The AU issued the threat late Tuesday when it announced...

Key events in Mali that led to a coup and rule by junta

May. 25, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A timeline of key events in Mali that led to another power grab in the troubled West African nation. August 2018 — President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is re-elected to a second five-year term after receiving 67% of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating...

Hit by COVID, Senegal's women find renewed hope in fishing

May. 10, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

BARGNY, Senegal (AP) — Since her birth on Senegal’s coast, the ocean has always given Ndeye Yacine Dieng life. Her grandfather was a fisherman, and her grandmother and mother processed fish. Like generations of women, she now helps support her family in the small community of Bargny by...

Black candidate challenges political status quo in Spain

May. 02, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Two young Senegalese men met on a Europe-bound migrant boat in 2006, a year that saw a record influx of Africans to Spain's Canary Islands. Since then, one died of a heart attack running away from Spanish police and the other is running in a polarized...

EXPLAINER: The potential risks of political crisis in Chad

Apr. 27, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The killing of President Idriss Deby Itno has left his son in charge of Chad, the first change of power in more than three decades for the central African nation that borders some of the world's most volatile countries. The military's decision to...

Chad President Deby, ally in fighting extremism, dies at 68

Apr. 20, 2021 22:08 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. ...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Canary Islands hotel offers shelter to migrants in need

Apr. 13, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

PUERTO RICO DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Norwegian couple didn’t know when...

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...