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Ivory Coast leader meets predecessor, urges reconciliation

Jul. 27, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara met on Tuesday with longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo, who returned last month to the country after the International Criminal Court upheld his acquittal on war crimes charges. The highly anticipated...

Where's Ruthie? Nigerian assistant watches US win from hotel

Jul. 27, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nigeria assistant coach Ruthie Bolton could only watch and yell at the television in a Japanese hotel room Tuesday as the Nigerians battled the U.S. women’s basketball team. The former U.S. Olympian and two-time gold medalist has been quarantined...

US women win 50th straight Olympic game, beat Nigeria 81-72

Jul. 27, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. women won, as usual. It just wasn't in the dominant fashion that the Americans are accustomed to. The winning streak for the world's top-ranked team is now 50 games and counting in Olympic competition. A'ja Wilson scored 19 points and...

UN says five peacekeepers injured in attack in northern Mali

Jul. 26, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Five U.N. peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised explosive device in Mali's restive north Monday, the United Nations said. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said a quick reaction force was immediately sent to the site in...

UN: Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, 57 thought dead

Jul. 26, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying African migrants capsized off Libya's coast Monday, leaving at least 57 people presumed dead, a U.N. migration official said. It was the latest disaster in the Mediterranean Sea involving migrants seeking a better life in Europe. The vessel...

Suspect in attack on Mali's president dies in custody

Jul. 26, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A man detained for attempting to stab Mali's transitional president last week has died in a hospital while in custody, the government said. The attempted stabbing of Col. Assimi Goita was on July 20 at a public ceremony at the Great Mosque in the...

28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria

Jul. 25, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were abducted at the beginning of July from the Bethel Baptist High School in the northern town of Damishi. Church officials handed those children over to their parents...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

US women favorite to win 7th consecutive gold medal in Japan

Jul. 25, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. women's basketball team lost a game in the Olympics, yet the Americans showed they may be a little bit vulnerable in Tokyo after dropping a pair of exhibition contests last week in Las Vegas. Despite losses...

Mind the gap: The basketball world is catching up to the US

Jul. 24, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — When the Dream Team era started in 1992, most of the NBA players in the Olympics represented the United States. David Stern knew what would happen from there. “In time,” the former NBA commissioner predicted in 1995,...