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Senegal, Spain leaders seek to encourage legal migration

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Spain signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to discourage illegal migration that has been increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Spain wants to order migratory flows through legal channels,” Spanish Prime Minister...

Spain's Sánchez tries to contain migration with Africa visit

Apr. 08, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is on a mini-tour to two African nations that are key in the European country's new push to bolster ties with the neighboring continent and mitigate the migration flows that many fear could increase as a consequence of the coronavirus...

African leaders call for climate financing acceleration

Apr. 07, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — African leaders rallied Tuesday in a virtual summit calling for scaled-up actions and financing to combat the effects of climate change that are already being felt in the continent of 1.3 billion. The Leaders’ Dialogue on the Africa...

Visiting Uganda, rap star Akon seeks business opportunities

Apr. 02, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — American rap artist and singer Akon is visiting Uganda Friday in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city. Akon's arrival in the East African...

Africa CDC says India vaccine woes could be 'catastrophic'

Apr. 01, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Africa is unlikely to meet its targets for vaccinating the continent against COVID-19 if supply delays from a key Indian manufacturer continue, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday. Dr. John...

Spain targets Africa in boost of diplomatic, business ties

Mar. 29, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain launched Monday a diplomatic push into Africa, marking out the continent as a political priority with an ambitious plan to build closer economic and institutional ties. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he wanted to “turn this decade ... into the...

Migrants stuck in Spain's Canary Islands say camps are unfit

Mar. 25, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — While Spain has criticized Europe for not sharing responsibilities on migration, the country is finding itself under fire from migrants, local officials and human rights groups on the Canary Islands, where thousands who made hazardous sea crossings...

Italy: Teen in hijab aims to be 'Afro-influencer' on TikTok

Mar. 25, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — In Milan’s chic Victor Emmanuel II Gallery, a spacious mall that would be jammed with shoppers were it not for the pandemic, a young Black woman wearing a violet hijab and matching lipstick propped up her phone and moved her hips to a tinny-sounding beat coming from the...

Equatorial Guinea declares 3 days of mourning for 105 dead

Mar. 10, 2021 06:35 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Equatorial Guinea’s government has declared the coastal city of Bata an “area of catastrophe” saying it has activated urgent measures to help those affected by blasts Sunday that killed at least 105 people and injured 615 others. The...

EXPLAINER: Why Senegal protesters are clashing with police

Mar. 09, 2021 08:53 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Deadly protests have erupted over the past week in the West African nation of Senegal, long considered a bastion of democracy and a regional leader on diplomacy issues. Anti-government protesters have set supermarkets ablaze and lobbed rocks at riot police in a rare...