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Gunmen attack refugee camp in Niger, cut off water supply

Jun. 1, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dozens of armed men on motorcycles have attacked a town in western Niger that has been hosting 35,000 displaced people, killing three and cutting off the community's water supply, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. UNHCR said it was working to help provide water to the community...

Congo now faces 2nd Ebola outbreak in northern province

Jun. 1, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Health officials have confirmed a second Ebola outbreak in Congo, the World Health Organization said Monday, adding yet another health crisis for a country already battling COVID-19 and the world's largest measles outbreak. Congo also has yet to declare an official end to Ebola in its...

A woman walks on the promenade in stormy weather in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, May 29, 2020. With dramatically increased community transmissions, Cape Town has become the center of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

May. 29, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. “This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits...

Guinean singer Mory Kante, 'baobab of culture,' dies at 70

May. 22, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music. His song “Yeke Yeke,” released in the late...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, the Larson sisters wash their hands inside the gate at their home in Dakar, Senegal. The girls were adopted from Sierra Leone after their father and other relatives died of Ebola. (AP Photo/Krista Larson)

VIRUS DIARY: Facing the coronavirus, still haunted by Ebola

May. 22, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — “Are you going to die?” my 8-year-old daughter asked me the other day. “They said on the radio that adults are getting sick and dying.” "Maybe you should stay inside." Instantly I was flooded with the anguish so many parents around the world are carrying...

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...

In this photo taken Monday, April 13, 2020, medical students test a self-designed computer-controlled ventilator prototype at the Chandaria Business and Incubation Centre of Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Researchers across Africa are looking for ways to make their own ventilators, protective equipment and hand sanitizers as the continent faces a peak in coronavirus cases long after the United States and European countries have bought up global supplies during the pandemic. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

African nations seek their own solutions in virus crisis

May. 11, 2020 3:54 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A loud hiss and grunt come from a green bag pressing air through a tube, as Senegalese researchers work to develop a prototype ventilator that could cost a mere $160 each instead of tens of thousands of dollars. The team is using 3-D printed parts as it works to find a homegrown...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, an electric racing series Extreme E is displayed during the Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing are the first two American teams to commit to a new electric SUV off-road racing series scheduled to begin in 2021. The Extreme E series has five events planned in what the league is calling “some of the most remarkable, remote and severely damaged locations on the planet.” (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Andretti, Ganassi commit to new Extreme E Series for 2021

May. 6, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing are the first two American teams to commit to a new electric SUV off-road racing series scheduled to begin in 2021. The Extreme E series has five events planned in what the league is calling “some of the most remarkable, remote and severely damaged locations on...

FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo, a French soldier stands inside a military helicopter during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to the troops of Operation Barkhane, Islamic extremists in West Africa's Sahel region are trying to exploit COVID-19 to gain followers but haven't had much success, according to the commander of the French military's Operation Barkhane there. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP, File)

French commander: Extremists in Africa try to exploit virus

May. 5, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Islamic extremists in West Africa's Sahel region are trying to exploit COVID-19 to gain followers but haven’t had much success, according to the commander of the French military's Operation Barkhane there. The coronavirus has had little impact on counterterrorism operations by...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 19, 2020, file photo, people attend evening prayers while maintaining a level of social distancing to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus, at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. As Ramadan begins with the new moon later this week, Muslims all around the world are trying to work out how to maintain the many cherished rituals of Islam’s holiest month. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan, File)

Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

Apr. 21, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their daily fast. It’s a charity that many rely on in this impoverished district on the edge of the Egyptian capital. But...