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AP PHOTOS: Sufi religious order finally able to gather again

Oct. 24, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Followers of a Sufi religious order convened on a Moroccan village near the city of Nador for the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in the first such gathering since the pandemic. A few hundred faithful, known as Fuqaras, from France, Tunisia,...

575 inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak

Oct. 23, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have attacked a prison in southwest Nigeria, freeing around 575 inmates, officials said Saturday. The third jailbreak in Africa’s most populous country this year raises more concerns about how safe detention facilities are in the West...

COVID takes a bite from Bazoulé’s cult of sacred crocodiles

Oct. 22, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

BAZOULÉ, Burkina Faso (RNS) — The small live chicken, offered as a lure to get the crocodile to come out of the lake, barely convinced the massive male reptile to the water’s edge. The croc, himself the lure for the sprinkling of visitors who had come 20 miles from the capital,...

Evacuation flights for migrants start again in Libya

Oct. 22, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said on Friday that it has resumed humanitarian evacuation flights for migrants stranded in Libya after authorities suspended them for several months. The announcement comes after a massive crackdown on migrants by Libyan security forces. ...

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Oct. 22, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It seems a strange place to pitch a tent. Plump in the middle of the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone that has divided Cyprus along ethnic lines since 1974, in the heart of the island's medieval capital, two Cameroonian asylum-seekers have...

Nigerian official says new leader of IS-linked group killed

Oct. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries, a senior security official said on Friday. Nigeria’s national security...

Oklahoma State to move on without No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham

Oct. 22, 2021 03:19 AM EDT

Oklahoma State will learn much about where its program stands now that Cade Cunningham is in Detroit after being the top pick in the 2021 NBA draft. “I don’t know if we’ll be better than last year’s team if you just look at the talent because we do not have the...

30 Nigerian students freed after 4 months in captivity

Oct. 21, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Thirty Nigerian students abducted in the northwest by gunmen have been released, Kebbi state governor’s office announced Thursday, but dozens remain in captivity in the state. The students of the Federal Government College arrived in the Kebbi...

Rebel attack kills 6 national guards in Niger's west region

Oct. 21, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Six members of Niger's national guard have been killed and several others were injured and are missing after an armed attack on a convoy in the country's western Tillaberi region, the government said Thursday. Rebels armed with rifles and rocket...

Nigerian separatist leader pleads not guilty to terrorism

Oct. 21, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian separatist leader accused of instigating violence in country's southeast pleaded not guilty to terrorism and treason charges in court Thursday in the capital, Abuja. Amid heavy security presence, Nnamdi Kanu, who also holds British...