Latest West Africa News

August proves deadliest month for migrants braving Atlantic

Sep. 24, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Migrant deaths along the Atlantic route from West Africa to Spain's Canary Islands reached a record high last month with 379 lives lost, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. Those deaths account for nearly half the total...

Nigerian police arrest 3 suspects in mass school abduction

Sep. 23, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police have arrested three “key suspects” over the abduction for ransom of 121 students from a school in the northern Kaduna state, authorities said Thursday. Arrests of suspected school abduction masterminds in the country's northwest...

Hate crime against gay man from Cameroon case dismissed

Sep. 23, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A hate crime case in Seattle involving a gay man from Cameroon has been dismissed and the people charged say they were blindsided by the arrests. Police had said a man was attacked outside his apartment in November 2018 and that his mother was assaulted...

Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 22, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching. The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped...

German president asks country to confront its colonial past

Sep. 22, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin’s state museums. The Ethnological Museum and the Museum for Asian Art both contain...

Canadian recounts her abduction by jihadis in Burkina Faso

Sep. 22, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly a year and a half after being abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Edith Blais risked her life to escape, fearing she’d never be free. ”(What you’re thinking is either) you stay there your whole life and you die...

Global Citizen's Hugh Evans hoping music can mobilize world

Sep. 21, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

Hugh Evans started his fight against extreme poverty by mobilizing his friends when he was growing up in Australia. On Saturday, Evans will try to mobilize the world to tackle poverty and COVID-19 with Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour live concert featuring The Weekend,...

Ships rescue 190 Europe-bound migrants off Libya

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ABOARD THE GEO BARENTS (AP) — Two vessels rescued around 190 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the coast of Libya, charities operating the vessels said Monday. The rescues came amid a spike in attempted crossings of the Mediterranean Sea. More...

Gunmen release 10 Nigerian students after collecting ransom

Sep. 19, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northern Nigeria have released 10 more students after a ransom was paid, but 21 others remain in captivity despite a pledge to release them all, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John Hayab, the chairman of the local Christian association,...

Guinea says it won't let detained ex-president leave country

Sep. 17, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's junta leaders vowed Friday that deposed President Alpha Conde would not be allowed to seek exile, saying they would not cave to mounting pressure from regional mediators who have imposed targeted sanctions after this month's coup. The...