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EXPLAINER: Why is history repeating itself in Guinea's coup?

Sep. 07, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Many hoped that Guinea's landmark 2010 election would finally bring the West African country a democratic leader after decades of corrupt dictatorship. Instead President Alpha Conde decided to stick around for a third term, modifying the...

Guinea's new junta leaders seek to tighten grip on power

Sep. 06, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's new military leaders sought to tighten their grip on power Monday after overthrowing President Alpha Conde, ordering the soldiers from his presidential guard to now join the junta forces and barring government officials from leaving the country. ...

Soldiers detain Guinea's president, dissolve government

Sep. 05, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent...

Tunisia tops Ivory Coast 78-75 to repeat as AfroBasket champ

Sep. 05, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri scored 22 points to help Tunisia repeat as African basketball champion in a 78-75 victory over Ivory Coast on Sunday. The veteran squad included former UCLA star Michael Roll, a naturalized citizen who had...

Tunisia, Ivory Coast win to advance to AfroBasket final

Sep. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Naturalized citizen Matt Costello had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Ivory Coast beat Senegal 75-65 to advance to the final of the African basketball championship against defending champion Tunisia on Saturday. Costello, who played briefly for...

Tall task: Cape Verde aims high in AfroBasket semifinals

Sep. 03, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Tiny Cape Verde has one big advantage as it tries to become African basketball champion for the first time: 7-foot-3 former NBA draft pick Walter “Edy” Tavares. The Real Madrid center has led his squad into the AfroBasket semifinals to face defending champion Tunisia...

Senegal smuggling boat sinks; 1 dead, 11 rescued, 48 missing

Aug. 28, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Dozens of people remained missing and feared dead Saturday after a wooden boat capsized off the coast of Senegal, the latest tragedy in a country where untold thousands have tried to migrate to Europe by sea. Crews rescued eight Senegalese and...

Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre dies of COVID-19 at 79

Aug. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre, the first former head of state to be convicted of crimes against humanity by an African court after his government was accused of killing 40,000 people, has died in Senegal. He was 79. Habre, whose case for...

Senegalese jail official: Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre dies 5 years after crimes against humanity conviction

Aug. 24, 2021 06:57 AM EDT
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegalese jail official: Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre dies 5 years after crimes against humanity conviction.

Senegal's ambulance teams struggle amid a wave of COVID-19

Aug. 11, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The paramedics get the urgent call at 10:30 p.m.: A 25-year-old woman, eight months pregnant and likely suffering from COVID-19, is now having serious trouble breathing. Yahya Niane grabs two small oxygen cylinders and heads to the ambulance with...