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Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after village attack

Feb. 5, 2019 12:56 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said. The response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday, killing 14 people, Gen....

FIFA bans former referee for life for bribery, match-fixing

Jan. 24, 2019 2:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — One of soccer's most infamous match-fixing cases was settled Thursday when a referee notorious for corrupt calls was banned for life. The corrupt games in Ibrahim Chaibou's career were key to revealing how easily international friendlies could be manipulated for betting scams, forced FIFA to...

The Latest: Merck to ship 120,000 more Ebola vaccine doses

Jan. 22, 2019 12:32 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The chairman of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has denied that his company's technology allows China's security forces to eavesdrop on customers and demanded that critics back up the...

Burkina Faso: Body of Canadian found days after abduction

Jan. 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was found 100...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

American Kennel Club adds a breed: the speedy, sleek Azawakh

Jan. 2, 2019 5:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club's pack of recognized breeds. The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh (AHZ'-ah-wahk) became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though...

Macron in Chad to meet soldiers amid extremist threats

Dec. 22, 2018 3:37 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Chad for a two-day visit to meet with French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region with Operation Barkhane amid persistent extremist threats. According to the Elysee palace, Macron will use his first visit to the north-central African country to...