Latest West Africa News

Models wear creations as part of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2020/2021 collection, presented in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Gucci bares backstage, No. 21 celebrates a decade

Feb. 19, 2020 6:12 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week opened Wednesday with outreach to China, largely cut off from the rest of the world by a new virus, and to Africa, often overlooked by luxury except as references. New York-based Chinese designer Han Wen presented a runway show on the eve of the main calendar, standing in...

Spain: Morocco saves 14 migrants, 14 others feared drowned

Feb. 19, 2020 1:58 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Moroccan authorities rescued only 14 migrants from a boat carrying 28 people that capsized off the Western Sahara coast, raising fears that the others drowned, Spain's maritime rescue service said Wednesday. The news came after reports a day earlier from Alarm Phone — a...

In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, center, takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. International Criminal Court judges rejected Wednesday an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who claimed the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged crimes in Timbuktu including torture, rape and persecution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

ICC judges OK trial for alleged Islamic extremist from Mali

Feb. 19, 2020 6:31 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag...

Stampede kills at least 20 at refugee camp in Niger

Feb. 18, 2020 7:17 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — At least 20 people died in a stampede in Niger as they were being given food and goods at a refugee camp, a local official said. Diffa governor Issa Lamine said 15 women and five children were killed and 16 others were injured Monday at the camp in the southeast for people who fled...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri...

Latest Cameroon fighting kills at least 22, including kids

Feb. 17, 2020 10:55 AM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Small children were among at least 22 people killed in weekend fighting between separatists and the military in northwestern Cameroon, residents said. The government acknowledged some of the deaths occurred when a fuel tank exploded in the fighting, causing a fire that burned homes...

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs from the International airport in Dakar, Senegal, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, as part of Pompeo's first visit to sub-Saharan Africa during which he will seek to lay out a positive vision for US cooperation with the continent where China has been increasingly active. (Andrew Carballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

US secretary of state visits Senegal to start Africa tour

Feb. 16, 2020 3:10 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is working to determine what level of American military forces is needed in West Africa to counter the rise of extremist violence in the region. Speaking at the end of his visit to Senegal, Pompeo said he discussed the...

Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, speaks at the NBA All-Star basketball game media day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

All-Star notes: Africa unveils teams, LeBron brings students

Feb. 15, 2020 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League on Saturday announced the 12 teams that will compete in the inaugural season. The clubs, from a dozen African nations, are: Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers (Algeria), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Forces Armées et Police (Cameroon), Zamalek...

Feds: Florida doctor stole $26M to fund political ambition

Feb. 14, 2020 9:02 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida vascular surgeon bilked the government and health insurers of more than $26 million to possibly finance his political ambitions in his native country of Ghana, federal authorities said. Earlier this month, a federal grand jury unsealed a 58-count indictment alleging that...

Gunmen kill at least 21 in central Mali village

Feb. 14, 2020 12:49 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen killed at least 21 people early Friday in central Mali in a village that suffered a massive attack last year, the government said. The gunmen attacked the village of Ogossagou in the Bankass circle in the central Mopti region, the government said. The attackers burned homes and...