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Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel

Jan. 16, 2019 12:48 PM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel.

Gunmen attack villages in central Mali, kill 20 people

Jan. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The spokesman for a Tuareg group in Mali says gunmen have attacked two villages in the country's central Menaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people. Mohamed Ag Albachar of the Azawad self-defense group, said Wednesday that armed men attacked two villages on...

ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal

Jan. 16, 2019 11:06 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. Prosecutors have...

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Jan. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010,...

Gabon's ailing president returns for government swearing-in

Jan. 15, 2019 7:11 AM EST

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government. Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed...

ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, former youth minister Charles Ble Goude

Jan. 15, 2019 5:18 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, former youth minister Charles Ble Goude.

Senegal court publishes list of presidential candidates

Jan. 14, 2019 9:46 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's constitutional court has approved five of 27 candidates who filed to run in the Feb. 24 presidential elections, rejecting two major opponents to incumbent President Macky Sall. The court published the candidates' names Monday, which include Sall, Idrissa Seck, Issa Sall,...

Nigeria chief justice forced from office, trial is adjourned

Jan. 14, 2019 9:44 AM EST

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday adjourned proceedings for Nigeria's chief justice who is being arraigned on charges of allegedly failing to declare his assets and for holding foreign bank accounts. The proceedings were adjourned until Jan. 22 after the lead...

Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

Jan. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people were scooping up the leaking fuel and many were killed, police and witnesses said Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, as impoverished...