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FILE  - In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud 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. The trial opened Tuesday, July 14, 2020 of an alleged Islamic extremist charged with policing a brutal Islamic regime in the Malian city of Timbukti after al-Qaida linked rebels overran the historic desert city in 2012. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, who sat in court wearing a face mask and white headscarf, is charged with involvement in crimes including rape, torture, enforced marriages and sexual slavery from April 2012 until the end of January 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool, File)

ICC prosecutor says defendant was 'key' to Timbuktu crimes

Jul. 14, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged Islamic extremist who went on trial Tuesday on charges that he policed a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida-linked rebels overran the historic Malian desert city in 2012 was a “key figure” in the reign of terror, the International...

American woman freed after being held captive in Nigeria

Jul. 13, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An American woman who was lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook has been rescued after spending more than a year in captivity, authorities said. Police spokesman Frank Mba said that the 34-year-old man had persuaded the woman to come to Nigeria “under the pretext of...

Ivory Coast vice president resigns citing personal reasons

Jul. 13, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's vice president has submitted his resignation less than a week after the prime minister died, officials said Monday, throwing the West African country's political scene into further disarray three months before pivotal national elections. Daniel Kablan Duncan had...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Protesters loot office of Mali president's political party

Jul. 12, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Protesters ransacked a building belonging to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's political party on Sunday, underscoring the tensions that remain in Mali, even after the president met one of their top demands. The latest unrest at a neighborhood headquarters for Keita's RPM party came...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president's call for talks

Jul. 11, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue. The turnout was far smaller than the thousands who surged through the streets Friday, briefly...

People gather at the site of a collapsed building in Lagos Nigeria, Saturday July 11, 2020. A building has collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria and scores of people have gathered at the scene. Local reports say two people are dead. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Building collapses in Lagos, Nigeria; 2 dead including child

Jul. 11, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A building collapsed Saturday in Lagos, Nigeria and killed an adult and a child. Ibrahim Farinloye with the National Emergency Management Agency said eight people were rescued. Associated Press video showed emergency tape separating the mound of rubble from murmuring onlookers. Such...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Mali's president urges dialogue after thousands protest

Jul. 10, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita went on national television early Saturday, urging dialogue with his opponents just hours after thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the capital with some pushing their way into state television offices. Friday's developments...

Nigeria anti-corruption chief suspended, accused of graft

Jul. 10, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has been suspended from office following corruption allegations against him. President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “in order to allow...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Gov. Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. She used her veto pen to scratch out entire paragraphs of the budget to prevent the Legislature from earmarking $318 million in federal virus relief funding for local governments. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

Jul. 9, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham unveiled the sweeping...

WHO chief taps ex-leaders to head COVID-19 response panel

Jul. 9, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark will head a new panel tasked with giving “an honest assessment” of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. WHO...