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Another UN peacekeeper killed in Mali, 5th in a week

Jan. 16, 2021 9:45 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A United Nations peacekeeper from Egypt was killed in Mali’s northern Kidal region on Friday, and another was seriously injured, after their vehicle hit an explosive device during a logistics convoy, the U.N. said. It brought the toll to five U.N. peacekeepers killed in...

Fourth UN peacekeeper dies following attack in northern Mali

Jan. 14, 2021 8:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A fourth U.N. peacekeeper from Ivory Coast died from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device and an attack by unidentified gunmen in northern Mali’s Timbuktu region, the United Nations said Thursday. In Wednesday’s incident, the U.N. initially reported that...

President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Touadera and his party said the vote will go ahead after government forces clashed with rebels in recent days and some opposition candidates pulled out of the race amid growing insecurity. (AP Photo)

Central African Republic soldiers repel rebels at capital

Jan. 13, 2021 11:53 AM EST

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Security forces in Central African Republic repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital early Wednesday after intense fighting on the city’s outskirts, officials said, in a major escalation of violence that has rocked the country since last month. ...

Paris opens inquiry into disappearance of Senegalese student

Jan. 12, 2021 7:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that it had opened an “worrying disappearance” inquiry into a Senegalese student, who reportedly vanished on Jan. 4. The disappearance of Diary Sow, 20, has caused ripples in her home country. There has been a vocal social media...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

Niger has 3 days of national mourning over deadly attack

Jan. 5, 2021 12:19 PM EST

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger will hold three days of national mourning after attacks on two villages killed more than 100 civilians, the government said. The government is strengthening security in the area of the attacks near the border with Mali and will provide support to those living there, it said in a...

Jihadists in Niger kill at least 100 in mounting violence

Jan. 4, 2021 12:29 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 100 civilians were killed in Niger over the weekend by extremists who attacked two villages, as insurgent violence mounts in the West African nation. The attacks on the western villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye took place on the same day that Niger announced that...

FILE — In this Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 file photo, a long-distance traveller undergoes a COVID-19 test at a mobile clinic at a taxi rank at Johannesburg's main railway station. As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased testing to combat it. The level of testing across Africa is considerably less than what health experts say is needed to effectively control the spread of the disease. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Increased testing needed as Africa sees rise in virus cases

Dec. 31, 2020 3:40 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As a result of holiday gatherings, African officials warn of a resurgence of COVID-19 on the continent and urge increased testing to combat it. The level of testing across the continent is considerably less than what health experts say is needed to effectively control the spread of...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2009 file photo, cranes off load containers at the Jebel Ali port terminal 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. International port operator DP World signed a deal on Wednesday, Dec. 23,2020, to develop a new deep-water port in Senegal worth over $1 billion, the company announced, its biggest ever investment in Africa. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

DP World signs deal to develop $1 billion new Senegal port

Dec. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — International port operator DP World signed a deal Wednesday to develop a new deep-water port in Senegal worth over $1 billion, the company announced, its biggest ever investment in Africa. DP World Dakar, a joint venture between the Dubai-based maritime firm and the...

Habubakar Liti, left, Bello Ibrahim, centre, and Isah Nasir, recently released students, arrive back home carrying boxes containing their school belongings in Ketare, Nigeria, Saturday Dec. 19, 2020. Nigeria's freed schoolboys have reunited with their joyful parents after being held captive for nearly a week by gunmen allied with jihadist rebels in the country's northwest. Relieved parents hugged their sons tightly on Saturday in Kankara, where more than 340 boys were abducted from the Government Science Secondary school on the night of Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Kidnappings in north Nigeria highlight deepening insecurity

Dec. 21, 2020 4:53 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Joyous, tearful Nigerian parents tightly hugged their sons, upon being reunited with them following their week-long abduction in the country's northwestern area. The boys, however, appeared traumatized and exhausted. After their days of captivity, including forced marches and hiding...