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Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers

Dec. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in years. The large-scale attack comes amid a surge of assaults on army camps...

Somalia forces kill 5 rebels who attacked president's house

Dec. 10, 2019 1:17 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five heavily armed Islamic extremist rebels attacked the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Tuesday before all were killed by security forces in a shootout that spread from the heavily fortified government complex to a nearby hotel, police said. At least three people were...

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Dec. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly...

Algeria election may bring new era or continued protests

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s powerful army chief promises that a presidential election on Thursday will chart a new era for a nation where the highest office has stood vacant for eight months. The tenacious pro-democracy movement which forced leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years...

Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country's political system. The verdict came amid high...

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace

Dec. 10, 2019 10:48 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier fueled his determination to seek an end to the long conflict with a neighboring country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke at Oslo City Hall during the ceremony in Norway's...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future...

Central African Republic: Alleged militia leaders face trial

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

The International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that two alleged leaders of a predominantly Christian militia involved in a bitter conflict with Muslim forces in the Central African Republic must stand trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom...

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Niger army spokesman: Jihadist attack kills 71 soldiers

Dec. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — About 100 Islamic militants ambushed an army camp in western Niger, a military spokesman said late Wednesday, killing at least 71 soldiers in the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in years. The large-scale attack comes amid a surge of assaults on army camps...

Cancer survivor, Luke Putney, on the healing power of music

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Luke Putney’s prayers are simple these days. He prays for healing in his left hand so he can play guitar and bass again. He asks God to strengthen his body so he can be a blessing to other people. And he gives thanks for being able to use the bathroom. “Praise God...

Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

Dec. 11, 2019 1:41 PM EST
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Adviser to Niger's president says at least 70 soldiers have been killed by suspected jihadists in deadliest attack yet.

Egypt urges decisive action against states backing 'terror'

Dec. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Wednesday called for “decisive” and “collective” action against countries supporting “terrorism" in an apparent reference to Turkey and Qatar, who back the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is outlawed in Egypt. The three countries also...

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi defends Myanmar army in genocide case

Dec. 11, 2019 12:09 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied Wednesday that Myanmar's armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation's top court that the mass exodus of Rohingya people from the country she leads was the unfortunate result of a...

Algeria election may bring new era or continued protests

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s powerful army chief promises that a presidential election on Thursday will chart a new era for a nation where the highest office has stood vacant for eight months. The tenacious pro-democracy movement which forced leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign after 20 years...

Central African Republic: Alleged militia leaders face trial

Dec. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EST

The International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that two alleged leaders of a predominantly Christian militia involved in a bitter conflict with Muslim forces in the Central African Republic must stand trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom...

UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future...

Immigrant still hospitalized in Iowa, 18 months after crash

Dec. 10, 2019 3:20 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An African man who was trying to build a new life in Cedar Rapids has spent the past 18 months at an Iowa City hospital, recovering from a traffic accident that killed two fellow immigrants. Jean-Claude Shako suffered head and other injuries in the June 25, 2018, collision while he...

US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Dec. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly...