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Algeria denies forced expulsions of migrants to desert

Oct. 11, 2018 8:43 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has categorically denied the most recent claims that it forcibly expels West African migrants to its border with Niger, leaving them stranded in the desert. A statement Wednesday night by Algeria's foreign ministry said the country would continue expelling migrants living...

French airstrike targets extremists in Burkina Faso

Oct. 4, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least eight members of Burkina Faso's security forces are dead after a pair of attacks in the turbulent east, the country's security minister said Thursday, while France's military said it carried out an airstrike against extremists fleeing one of the scenes. The West...

Today in History

Oct. 4, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2018. There are 88 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. On this date: In 1777, Gen. George Washington's troops...

Niger says cholera epidemic has killed at least 68 people

Oct. 3, 2018 8:04 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's public health ministry says at least 68 people have died in a cholera epidemic that began in July. The ministry this week said it has registered more than 3,690 cases of the disease, which is caused by contaminated food or water and can kill within hours if untreated. The...

Mattis vows no cut in military support for France in Mali

Oct. 2, 2018 8:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the U.S. will not reduce its support for the French-led military operations against insurgents in Mali. "We have no intention of cutting back one bit on that support," said Mattis. Speaking alongside Mattis at a press conference in Paris,...

Armed men kill 12 civilians in Mali near Niger border

Sep. 26, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Tuareg leader says armed men on motorcycles have attacked a nomadic community near Mali's border with Niger, killing at least 12 civilians. Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, secretary-general for the Tuareg self-defense group, said Wednesday the attack targeted men in the Iboghilitane...

Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike-riding extremists

Sep. 21, 2018 4:23 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso's government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east. The West African nation also announced this week it will monitor cars and...

Niger says Italian priest kidnapped near Burkina Faso border

Sep. 18, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An Italian priest has been kidnapped in a part of Niger where a number of extremist groups are active, the West African nation said Tuesday. Government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane said authorities had not been aware the priest was in the country's southwest near the Burkina Faso...

Britain, Nigeria sign defense pact to counter Boko Haram

Aug. 29, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Britain and Nigeria signed a security and defense agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa's most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremists and others linked to the Islamic State organization. The British prime minister is...