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Guinea's main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, right, speaks to the media at a press conference in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Diallo called on neighboring West African states to head off a political crisis in Guinea where President Alpha Conde is running for a third term in October elections. (AP Photo/Yesica Fisch)

Guinea's opposition urges West African leaders to step in

Sep. 24, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea’s main opposition leader called on neighboring West African states to head off a political crisis in Guinea where President Alpha Conde is running for a third term in October elections. The 15-nation West African group known as ECOWAS supports democracy in the region and...

UN rights experts calls on Mali junta to release officials

Sep. 23, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged Mali’s junta to release former government officials they have held since a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The call by Alioune Tine, U.N. independent expert on human rights in Mali, came as a mediator for the West African...

Dr. Mamadu Baldeh, one of only four physicians managing the COVID-19 unit and the only one doing so while still overseeing the infectious diseases unit, is photographed outside the Connaught Hospital where he works in the capital Freetown, Sierra Leone Friday, May 8, 2020. Despite the loss of colleagues, Baldeh is fighting not only to save his coronavirus patients but also to provide quality care for those afflicted with other infectious diseases as he and other health care workers fight for a better system. (Vicki Remoe/VRC Marketing via AP)

Sierra Leone doctor in dedicated mission against COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dr. Mamadu Baldeh can’t forget the 18-year-old who came into his hospital with COVID-19, gasping for air until the day he died. This suffering was all too real for Baldeh, who battles asthma just as that young man did. At the time, Baldeh, 32, was the only physician treating...

Papa Massata Diack, son of Lamine Diack the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) now known as World Athletics, speaks to the media in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Papa Massata Diack, who was himself convicted by a French court in absentia and sentenced to five years in prison, said Thursday that his father's conviction for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF and four-year prison sentence handed down in France was a

Olympic bid scandal linked to former IOC member's son

Sep. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A consulting company working for the Tokyo Olympic bid committee paid about $370,000 to the son of then-influential IOC member Lamine Diack before — and after — the Japanese capital was picked in 2013 to host the 2020 Games, news agency Kyodo reported on Monday. The payment is...

FILE - Iin this Jan.13, 2020 file photo, former president of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Lamine Diack arrives at the Paris courthouse, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. A Paris court is delivering its verdict Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020, in the trial of Lamine Diack on corruption, money laundering and breach of trust charges against the one-time supremo of global track and field athletics, and according to prosecutors, creamed off millions for himself, with his son.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Former IAAF head Lamine Diack sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 16, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF, most notably a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 3, 2018 file photo, three men head north towards Algeria after crossing the Assamaka border post in northern Niger. More than 80 African migrants were rescued on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert where hundreds of others have died along the perilous journey in recent years, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert, says migration agency

Sep. 8, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 80 African migrants have been rescued after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert where hundreds of others have died along the perilous journey in recent years, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. The 41 females from Nigeria, including...

Senegal's capital gets year's worth of rain in single night

Sep. 7, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Thousands of people are homeless in Senegal's capital on Monday after a weekend storm brought nearly a year's worth of rainfall in a single day, turning roads into rivers. Video footage showed residents in the suburbs of Dakar wading through floodwaters up to their chests after the...

Senegal sends 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate to Mali

Sep. 2, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — People in Senegal's capital, Dakar, are breathing a sigh of relief after officials removed from its port 3,050 tons of ammonium nitrate, the same substance at a slightly lesser volume that caused the explosion in Beirut last month that killed at least 190 people, injured thousands and...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, Akon, international music star and co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa, speaks at a news conference at the Climate Conference, known as COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco. American R&B singer Akon is moving ahead with plans to create a futuristic pan-African city, announcing Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, that construction will begin next year on the $6 billion project despite global tourism's uncertain future. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

R&B singer Akon moves ahead with 'Akon City' in Senegal

Aug. 31, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — American R&B singer Akon is moving ahead with plans to create a futuristic pan-African city, announcing Monday that construction will begin next year on the $6 billion project despite global tourism's uncertain future. Akon, who first announced his idea for the utopian city back...

FILE - In this Sunday Dec. 9, 2018 file photo, Dr. Denis Mukwege from Congo prepares to listen to questions, with Nadia Murad from Iraq, at a media conference for the 2018 Nobel Laureates at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway. The United Nations human rights chief on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 called for a quick investigation into death threats against Congolese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, saying Mukwege is a

Congolese Nobel Peace laureate Mukwege faces death threats

Aug. 28, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief is calling for a quick investigation into death threats against Congolese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege. Michelle Bachelet on Friday said Mukwege is a “true hero" for his work as a human rights defender. The doctor founded...