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US military vehicle hits roadside bomb in Niger

Jun. 9, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — U.S. military officials say an American vehicle has struck a roadside bomb in the troubled West African country. There were no fatalities, though U.S. Africa Command said Sunday that U.S. service members were being looked at as a precaution. The explosion took place while U.S. and...

Pentagon ends reviews of Niger ambush that killed 4 soldiers

Jun. 6, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has concluded its reviews of a 2017 ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead in the African nation of Niger and said it found the discipline it meted out to be adequate. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has accepted that conclusion, which was the result of a...

Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday

Jun. 4, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks the end...

Child advocacy group: Kids in 173 countries better off now

May. 28, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A children's advocacy group says youngsters in all but three of the 176 countries it evaluated have a better chance of growing up healthy, educated and protected from harmful practices like child labor and child marriage than at any time in the past two decades. Save the Children said...

Burkina Faso minister warns terrorists gain ground in Sahel

May. 16, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Burkina Faso warned Thursday that terrorist activity in Africa's volatile Sahel region is gaining ground and there is "a very real risk" of destabilizing much of West Africa. Alpha Barry told the Security Council that combatting terrorism in the Sahel is a...

Islamic State group claims deadly ambush on Niger soldiers

May. 16, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for ambushing a military convoy in the West African nation of Niger, killing 28 soldiers in an area near the Malian border where extremists killed four U.S. soldiers in 2017. The Nigerien soldiers were on...

Mali calls for more EU help amid attacks in Africa's Sahel

May. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The impoverished West African country of Mali on Tuesday urged the European Union to step up support for the Sahel region amid a spate of extremist attacks, as France buried two officers killed during a hostage rescue mission. "It's a race against time," Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame said,...

Report: Human traffickers in Africa shifting business models

May. 10, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report has indicated human traffickers in East and North Africa are shifting their business models in response to efforts to contain migration. The report by the Research and Evidence Facility, a European Union Trust Fund for Africa, stated the routes previously used for...

At least 55 dead after fuel tanker truck explodes near crowd

May. 6, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Authorities in the West African nation of Niger say at least 55 people are dead after a tanker truck filled with fuel exploded near the country's main airport. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the explosion a "national tragedy" after visiting a hospital where dozens were wounded,...

Germany's Merkel arrives in Niger on West Africa tour

May. 2, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Niger for the final stop of her three-nation West Africa tour. Earlier on Thursday Merkel met with some of the 850 German soldiers who are serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. She had started the day by meeting...