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U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to The Associated Press, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Guterres said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak that began in China

UN chief renews call for global cease-fire to tackle virus

May. 22, 2020 1:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general is again urging all parties to conflicts to respond to his call for a global cease-fire to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to the more than 20,000 civilians killed or injured in attacks in 10 countries last year and millions more forced from...

Authorities: Boko Haram attacks Nigerian village, killing 20

May. 18, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists stormed a village just as people were preparing to break their Ramadan fast after sundown, killing at least 20 people in the first attack of its kind in northeastern Nigeria since the Muslim holy month began, authorities said Monday. Witnesses said fighters...

In this photo taken Friday, May 15, 2020, a follower of the Senegalese Mouride brotherhood, an order of Sufi Islam, films with his smartphone as he and others practice social distancing as they attend Muslim Friday prayers at West Africa's largest mosque the Massalikul Jinaan, in Dakar, Senegal. A growing number of mosques are reopening across West Africa even as confirmed coronavirus cases soar, as governments find it increasingly difficult to keep them closed during the holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

As mosques reopen in West Africa, COVID-19 fears grow

May. 17, 2020 5:05 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — It’s been a Ramadan unlike any other for Abdourahmane Sall, far from the mosque during the Muslim holy month as coronavirus cases mount. With only a little over a week left, he decided joining thousands of others in tradition was worth the risk after authorities allowed prayers...

Extremists step up violence in gas-rich northern Mozambique

May. 15, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique’s armed forces have killed 50 Islamic extremist fighters this week in two battles in the country's north where the insurgents have launched 11 attacks this month, the government said Thursday. The attacks show a marked increase in extremist violence in gas-rich...

Niger says 75 Boko Haram extremists killed this week

May. 13, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger’s defense ministry says 75 fighters with the Boko Haram extremist group have been killed in two operations this week. Niger’s forces killed at least 25 on Monday after launching an offensive against Boko Haram fighters who attacked military positions over the...

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 5, 2017, pioneering African drummer Tony Allen, whose influential career spanned decades and continents, poses for a portrait ahead of a concert with Senegalese musician Cheikh Lo in Dakar, Senegal. Tony Allen, the driver of the Afrobeat sound who formed a partnership with guitarist and composer Fela Kuti, died of aortic failure at the Pompidou Hospital in Paris aged 79 on Thursday night, his manager Eric Trosset confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday, May 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

Drummer Tony Allen, driver of Afrobeat sound, dies at 79

May. 1, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pioneering drummer Tony Allen, the driver of the Afrobeat sound, has died in Paris at age 79. Allen died Thursday night at the Pompidou Hospital of an aortic aneurysm, his manager Eric Trosset confirmed to The Associated Press. In an influential career that spanned decades and...

Heath officials check the listings of people who are to be tested for COVID-19 as well as HIV and Tuberculosis, in downtown Johannesburg Thursday, April 30, 2020. Thousands are being tested in an effort to derail the spread of coronavirus. South Africa will began a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although its confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Ghana's virus cases spike 10 days after lockdown is lifted

Apr. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases in Ghana have surged above 2,000, increasing 24% in a matter of days, health officials announced Thursday, reflecting mostly test taken during a recent three-week lockdown in the West African country's two largest cities. And Indian Ocean island nation of...

Residents look on as soldiers patrol on the streets of Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, April 23, 2020, as the country remains in lockdown for a fourth week in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Africa has registered a 43% jump in reported COVID-19 cases in the last week, highlighting a warning from the World Health Organization that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicentre of the global outbreak. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Africa's 43% jump in virus cases in 1 week worries experts

Apr. 23, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Africa registered a 43% jump in reported COVID-19 cases in the last week, highlighting a warning from the World Health Organization that the continent of 1.3 billion could become the next epicenter of the global outbreak. Africa also has a "very, very limited" and...

A boy wearing a face mask carries a small bowl of

Africa deaths above 1,000, including Nigerian chief of staff

Apr. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa now has more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday, while Nigeria said the president's chief of staff had died. A total of 52 of the continent’s 54 countries have reported the coronavirus, with the overall...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask walks at the Yaba Mainland hospital, in Lagos, where an Italian citizen who entered Nigeria from Milan became the first case of the new coronavirus to be treated in Nigeria. A global

Medical workers far from struggling homelands yearn to help

Apr. 18, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The medical supplies had been shipped. The planning began a year in advance. Then the coronavirus arrived, and Dr. Charmaine Emelife’s heart sank. The annual trip to Nigeria to provide free medical care — the flagship project of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in...