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Swiss government mediating in Cameroon's separatist crisis

Jul. 21, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Switzerland's ambassador to Cameroon says his government is trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the separatist crisis in which an estimated 2,000 have died. Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri said the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. "Over...

Algeria wins African Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 1-0 with goal in opening seconds.

Jul. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Algeria wins African Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 1-0 with goal in opening seconds.

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport

Jul. 19, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained. A viral video of Friday's incident at the international airport in Lagos also showed panicked passengers who...

Aid group says 1 dead, 6 seized in Nigeria extremist ambush

Jul. 19, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An international aid group says a driver is dead and six people are missing after suspected extremists ambushed a convoy in northeastern Nigeria. An Action Against Hunger statement says the convoy was heading to the border community of Damasak on Thursday when the ambush occurred....

Athlete guilty in green card case after incriminating text

Jul. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former pro soccer player from Liberia has been convicted of lying about his marriage to a Rhode Island woman in order to gain permanent legal residency in the U.S. Authorities started investigating after a U.S immigration official examining a phone belonging to the man's wife saw...

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

Jul. 16, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections for people fleeing violence and oppression in their...

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members. The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them...

Nigeria Shia group says 2 killed in anti-government protests

Jul. 12, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Members of Nigeria's pro-Iran Shia Muslim sect, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, say two of their members were killed and several injured in the northern city of Kaduna when police fired on an anti-government demonstration. The group said in a statement on Friday that the killings...

Nigerian police disperse anti-government protests by Shiites

Jul. 11, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse anti-government demonstrations by Shiite Muslims in the capital, Abuja, and the northwestern city of Kaduna. The protesters were demanding the release of Shiite leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been jailed since 2015. The...

UN says 10 peacekeepers wounded by mine in northern Mali

Jul. 11, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says 10 U.N. peacekeepers were injured, four seriously, when a vehicle hit a mine during an operation outside Kidal city in northern Mali. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the U.N. Mission in Mali is investigating the incident early Thursday involving the...