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Senegal’s leader wasn't born when ECOWAS was founded. He's asked to reunite the bloc split by coups

Jul. 08, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Senegal’s President Basirou Diomaye Faye, Africa's youngest, is suddenly faced with a huge challenge of reuniting a weakened regional bloc that is older than him. The 44-year-old Faye was tasked on Sunday with getting the military junta-ruled Mali, Niger and...

Essence Festival wraps up a 4-day celebration of Black culture

Jul. 07, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 30 years, the Essence Festival of Culture has brought together people from all walks of life and from around the world to connect through conversation, shared experiences and, of course, music. The nation’s largest annual celebration of Black culture ended...

Land routes across Africa are twice as deadly for migrants as Mediterranean voyages, UN estimates

Jul. 05, 2024 03:08 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations and partners say more migrants and refugees in Africa are heading northward toward the Mediterranean and Europe, crossing perilous routes in the Sahara where criminal gangs subject them to enslavement, organ removal, rape, kidnapping for ransom and other abuses. ...

Fossils show huge salamanderlike predator with sharp fangs existed before the dinosaurs

Jul. 03, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have revealed fossils of a giant salamanderlike beast with sharp fangs that ruled waters before the first dinosaurs arrived. The predator, which was larger than a person, likely used its wide, flat head and front teeth to suck in and chomp unsuspecting...

US military heightens the security alert at European bases due to a combination of threats

Jul. 01, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has raised the security protection measures it is taking at its bases throughout Europe, asking service members to be more vigilant and keep a lower profile due to a combination of threats it is seeing across the region. U.S. European Command...

South African parties agree on Cabinet positions, sealing deal on new coalition government

Jun. 30, 2024 19:15 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa named a new Cabinet late Sunday night after his African National Congress, the former main opposition party, and nine other parties agreed on the makeup of a coalition government following weeks of haggling. ...

South African president says Parliament will open July 18 amid discord in the new coalition

Jun. 28, 2024 07:45 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday that Parliament will open for its next term on July 18 as he remains locked in negotiations with other parties to form a Cabinet well before then amid rifts in the new governing coalition. The talks...

Baby cousin with cancer inspires girls to sew hospital gowns for sick kids across U.S. and Africa

Jun. 26, 2024 18:37 PM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Fighting brain cancer, little Giada Demma was lying in her pediatric hospital bed, her tiny body virtually swimming in a drab green hospital gown. Her cousin Giuliana Demma remembers looking at the 1-year-old and thinking how sad the scene was: a small child...

Expanding extremist groups in Africa fuel worries that they could attack the US or Western allies

Jun. 25, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Violent extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group are growing in size and influence across Africa, fueling worries that as they improve their tactics they could attack the U.S. or Western allies. U.S. defense and military officials...

Assistant found guilty of dismembering former boss with a saw to keep him from discovering theft

Jun. 24, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A personal assistant was convicted Monday of killing and dismembering his former boss after stealing an estimated $400,000 from him, Manhattan's district attorney said. A jury found Tyrese Haspil, 25, guilty in the 2020 death of Fahim Saleh, 33, whose beheaded,...