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After captivity, Nigerian students seek overseas education

Sep. 26, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emmanuel Benson was planning to get his diploma in horticulture and landscaping from Nigeria’s Federal College of Forestry Mechanization next year. Now, he’s not willing to risk the return to school, after he was kidnapped by bandits with dozens of others earlier...

Gunmen release 10 more Nigerian students after fresh ransom

Sep. 26, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in Nigeria on Sunday freed 10 students abducted in the northwest Kaduna state after collecting a ransom, a school official told The Associated Press. The Rev. John Hayab said the students were released on Sunday afternoon, nearly three...

Theoneste Bagosora, architect of Rwanda genocide, dies at 80

Sep. 26, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Theoneste Bagosora, a former Rwandan army colonel regarded as the architect of the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and Hutus who tried to protect them were killed, died in a hospital in Mali on Saturday. His son Achille...

Volcanic ash cloud halts flights to and from Spanish island

Sep. 26, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — A massive cloud of ash prevented flights in and out of the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday as molten rock continued to be flung high into the air from an erupting volcano. No flights arrived or departed, despite emergency workers...

In Mexico, some Haitians find a helping hand

Sep. 26, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

CIUDAD ACUÑA, México (AP) — Some of the thousands of Haitian migrants who briefly formed a camp in the Texas border town of Del Rio have found a helping hand across the river in Mexico's Ciudad Acuña. While U.S. officials announced the camp on the U.S. side had been...

All-Black Everest team aims to diversify outdoors industry

Sep. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Phil Henderson sees the outdoor industry like a cruise ship. It’s taken a long time for the largely white industry to embrace people of color. But the ship has turned. Almost every corner of the industry is focused on building a diverse population of...

Adola wins Berlin Marathon in 2:05:45, Bekele finishes third

Sep. 26, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Guye Adola of Ethiopia won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, when compatriot Kenenisa Bekele’s attempt to break the world record was undone by warm weather and a blistering start to the race. Adola was runner up to Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin on his debut in...

Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries' presence in Mali

Sep. 25, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday defended the Mali government's right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists, accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them and scolding the European Union for...

Ethiopia to world leaders: Be 'constructive' on Tigray

Sep. 25, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ethiopia told the international community Saturday to steer clear of sanctions and avoid meddling over its war with forces from its Tigray region, and to let the African Union work on bringing all parties together. Speaking at the U.N. General...

At UN, turmoil in Haiti, Ethiopia draws global concern

Sep. 25, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

The speeches may be scripted, but the U.N. General Assembly can sometimes be the only direct window into the regional challenges that command global concern. On Saturday, world leaders were speaking on behalf of some of the most unstable and unsettling current conflicts....