Latest West Africa News

4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 14, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his...

Armed men attack Burkina Faso mosque, kill at least 16

Oct. 13, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Armed men stormed the grand mosque in Burkina Faso's northern village of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others, a local official said Sunday. The armed men entered during evening prayers on Friday, according to Ernest Bouma Nebie, a regional official...

Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico

Oct. 12, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican officials broke up a caravan of around 2,000 migrants that had set out from southern Mexico Saturday in the hopes of reaching the United States, amid increasing difficulty obtaining permission to pass through Mexico. Many of the migrants who departed from Tapachula, Chiapas...

Post-war Liberians are demanding better mental health care

Oct. 12, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a mental health crisis. The frustration soared when President George Weah recently indicated there was no need...

The Latest: UN council to say well done in person to Ahmed

Oct. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says its 15 members will be delivering a message in person in 10 days to Nobel peace laureate Abiy Ahmed: "Well done! You made us proud." South Africa's U.N. Ambassador Jerry Matjila,...

Thousands of Nigerian hunters prepare to chase Boko Haram

Oct. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Thousands of Nigerian hunters, armed with charmed amulets and intimate knowledge of harsh terrain, are preparing an offensive against the Boko Haram extremists who have ravaged the northeast for a decade, calling it "high time" they help soldiers end the deadly insurgency....

Judge weighs lawsuit on ending of Liberian immigrant program

Oct. 9, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A federal judge in Massachusetts is weighing the Trump administration's request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its decision to end a humanitarian program allowing Liberian immigrants to live and work in the country. Judge Timothy Hillman is holding a hearing Wednesday in Worcester...

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

Oct. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children's agency said Wednesday. The Central African nation is also battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed about half that number since August 2018. Since January, more...

FIFA fines Hong Kong soccer body for China anthem protest

Oct. 9, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has fined Hong Kong's soccer federation 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,100) for fans disrespecting the Chinese national anthem before a World Cup qualifying game last month. Hong Kong fans booed and turned their backs when the anthem was played for their team before a Sept. 10 qualifier at...

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

Oct. 9, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide. The study published Wednesday in The Lancet...