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West Africa has highest numbers of child soldiers, says UN

Nov. 23, 2021 05:53 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Trapped in conflicts, the children of West and Central Africa are the most recruited by armed groups in the world and also have the highest number of victims of sexual violence, says a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Children’s Fund. ...

French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso

Nov. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has denied injuring civilians in Burkina Faso when firing warning shots to disperse protesters who had blocked one of its military convoys. Amid an increase in Islamic extremist violence in Burkina Faso, tensions have...

Suspected extremist gunmen kill 25 in southwestern Niger

Nov. 18, 2021 06:59 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — At least 25 people were killed by suspected extremist gunmen in southwest Niger, the government said Wednesday. Buildings were burned and ransacked in the attack earlier this week near Bakorat village along the border with Mali, Alkache Alhada, the...

Wife of US hostage in Africa reveals captors' ransom demand

Nov. 17, 2021 21:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of an American humanitarian worker who was kidnapped in Niger five years ago said Wednesday that her husband's captors have made a multimillion-dollar ransom demand but U.S. government “restrictions” have hindered her ability to raise the sum. ...

Gunmen kill 15 in latest attack in Nigeria’s northwest

Nov. 16, 2021 05:55 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least 15 people in Nigeria’s northwest, the Sokoto state governor said, the latest incident in a spiral of violence in Africa’s most populous country. The gunmen stormed communities in Sokoto state and raided houses from...

UN says many lives lost daily in Africa's Sahel Crisis

Nov. 12, 2021 18:38 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief warned Friday that the crisis in Africa’s Sahel region remains volatile, with insecurity and instability seriously undermining prospects for development and many lives lost every day as a result of terrorist attacks. ...

At least 18 killed in Niger mine collapse

Nov. 09, 2021 12:08 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — At least 18 people were killed and 7 injured after a gold mine collapsed in the Maradi region of Niger. Hundreds have been gathering in the village of Dan Issa, near the border with Nigeria, peering with shock into the mine which collapse over the...

Fire sweeps through school in Niger, killing 20 children

Nov. 09, 2021 04:25 AM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — More than 20 children were killed and dozens more injured when a fire swept through a school in Niger’s second-largest city, Maradi. Three classrooms made of straw were consumed by the fire at the pre-school and primary school called ‘AFN’,...

Suspected Islamic extremists kill 69 people in western Niger

Nov. 05, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists ambushed a self-defense brigade in western Niger, killing 69 people in the latest attack in the volatile border region near Mali, the Interior Ministry said. The violence took place earlier this week near Banibangou,...

US ambassador to UN urges Mali to hold February elections

Oct. 29, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States representative to the United Nations stressed the importance of Mali’s return to civilian rule through democratic elections in February after she visited the West African nation as part of a U.N. Security Council mission. ...