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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, and former President Barack Obama greet each other at a rally at Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

Oct. 31, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan on the final...

President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One upon departure Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he departs for campaign rallies in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US citizen kidnapped in Niger rescued in military operation

Oct. 31, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said Saturday. The man was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who...

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara casts his vote as his wife Dominique Ouattara, left, looks on at a polling station during presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.  Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Ouattara's bid for a third term illegal. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Ivory Coast opposition asserts 12 dead in election violence

Oct. 31, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's main opposition parties boycotting the presidential vote asserted Saturday that at least a dozen people had died in election day clashes as incumbent leader Alassane Ouattara sought a controversial third term. The election has revived painful memories of the West...

Youth play soccer next to a barricade that was set on a street after protests, earlier this year, against the decision of President Alassane Ouattara's to run for a third term in Bonoua, in the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Opposition activists are threatening to block access to polling stations Saturday in an effort to disrupt the presidential election in Ivory Coast, where incumbent Ouattara is seeking a controversial third term after nearly a decade in power. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Ivory Coast tensions rise as president seeks 3rd term

Oct. 30, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition activists are threatening to block access to polling stations Saturday in an effort to disrupt the presidential election in Ivory Coast, where incumbent Alassane Ouattara is seeking a controversial third term after nearly a decade in power. An alliance of opposition...

'Gruesome' crash kills 21, mostly young children, in Nigeria

Oct. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president is expressing sadness over a “gruesome vehicle accident” in which 21 people, most of them young school children, were killed. The accident occurred Wednesday in Awgu, Enugu state, when a truck lost control and hit a school bus conveying 61...

IOM: 140 dead in weekend migrant ship sinking off Senegal

Oct. 29, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A weekend migrant shipwreck off Senegal has left at least 140 people dead, making it the deadliest so far this year, the International Organization for Migration confirmed Thursday. About 200 passengers set off in the vessel from the Senegalese town of Mbour on Saturday, heading for...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 file photo, people drive past burnt toll gates with anti police slogans sprayed across, in Lagos. Nigeria's army has on Tuesday, Oct. 27 admitted its soldiers were deployed at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos where live rounds were fired last week, killing several peaceful protesters prompting global outrage. At least 10 protesters were killed in the Lekki plaza shooting on Oct. 20, according to Amnesty International.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

Nigeria's army admits its soldiers were at Lagos shootings

Oct. 28, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army has admitted its soldiers were deployed at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos where live rounds were fired last week, killing several peaceful protesters prompting global outrage. At least 10 protesters were killed in the Lekki plaza shooting on Oct. 20, according to Amnesty...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

UN cancels in-person meetings after report of 5 COVID cases

Oct. 27, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday canceled all in-person meetings for this week after a U.N. member nation reported five cases of COVID-19 among its staff. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir sent a letter to the 193 U.N. member nations initially announcing a cancellation of Tuesday...

Nigeria to investigate the shooting of protesters in Lagos

Oct. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The shootings of peaceful protesters in Nigeria last week will be investigated by a judicial committee, an official announced Tuesday, as some seek accountability for the worst turmoil in decades in Africa’s most populous country. The committee is also investigating alleged...