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In this UNTV image, Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Burundi, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest

Sep. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 8:08 p.m. A U.N. panel says tax abuse, corruption and money laundering are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from governments that could help the world’s poor. A report from the high-level panel on International...

Islamic State claims Niger killings of French aid workers

Sep. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing six French aid workers, their driver and a local guide in a wildlife park in Niger last month. The Islamic State group said in its al-Naba newsletter published Thursday that a security detachment carried out a “blitz...

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...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Mali's then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a group photograph during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup in August, was hospitalized late Tuesday, Sept. 1, at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

W. Africa bloc presses Mali junta to hand power to civilians

Sep. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — West African leaders warned Mali's military junta on Monday they must designate civilian heads of state by next week to chart a path back to democracy or the country will face further sanctions from the regional bloc. The latest talks on the Mali crisis came after the 15-nation...

Niger's army accused in disappearance of 102 civilians

Sep. 5, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s army is responsible for the disappearance of more than 100 people in the western part of the country late last year, a new watchdog report alleges. The National Commission for Human Rights spent months investigating the civilians' disappearance in Inates zone in the...

Gunmen kill 22 people in 2 attacks in Nigeria's middle belt

Sep. 4, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least 22 people in Nigeria’s central Niger state in two attacks this week, local officials said Friday. The killings of civilians and local defense force members were blamed on armed bandits who have been staging an increasing number of attacks in...

Flooding in Niger kills 45, displaces more than 226,000

Aug. 28, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Flooding from heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes, officials in the West African nation said Friday. Niger’s western region has been hardest hit by days of rain that caused the Niger River to overflow,...

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Mali's president was ousted on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 in a coup. But Macron doggedly refuses to withdraw France's 5,100 troops even though allies and enemies are now unclear and victory looks like a desert mirage. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

French troops stay in Mali after coup, no end in sight

Aug. 25, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was a picture postcard meant to portray unity in the vast and fragile lands that once were French colonies: President Emmanuel Macron standing with the leaders of five West African countries where France has spearheaded a counter-terrorism war since 2013. "We are all convinced that victory...

Security forces and others in celebration drive through the streets of the capital Bamako, Mali, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, a day after armed soldiers fired into the air outside President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's home and took him into their custody. African and Western leaders condemned on Wednesday the junta that forced Mali's president from power, warning the coup was a deep setback for the West African nation that could threaten the battle against Islamic extremism. (AP Photo)

A look at how Mali's coup may affect neighboring countries

Aug. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — African and Western leaders have condemned the junta that forced Mali’s president from power, warning the coup was a deep setback that could threaten the battle against Islamic extremism across the Sahel region, where thousands have been killed by jihadists. The West African...

France pays homage to six French aid workers killed in Niger

Aug. 14, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Prime Minister Jean Castex paid homage on Friday to six French aid workers killed last week in Niger, saying they were likely victims of the same kind of hate behind the 2015 terror attack on a French music hall. Castex bowed his head before the six coffins draped in blue aligned in a special...