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25 dead after extremists attack army camps in central Mali

Oct. 1, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked groups attacked two army bases in central Mali, killing at least 25 people and leaving 60 missing, Mali's government said Tuesday. Assailants rode into the community of Boulikessi with heavy weaponry overnight Sunday to Monday to attack a Malian battalion of the regional...

Joe Wilson, skeptic on Iraq War intelligence, dies at age 69

Sep. 28, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, according to his ex-wife. He was 69. Wilson died of organ failure in Santa Fe, said his former wife, Valerie Plame, whose identity...

1st wave of migrants evacuated from Libya reaches Rwanda

Sep. 26, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The first evacuation flight of African refugees and asylum-seekers from wretched Libyan detention centers arrived in Rwanda late Thursday in an unusual new effort to divert and care for people who failed to reach Europe. The East African nation's agreement to take in 500 people who...

Niger seeks to step up oil production with pipeline to coast

Sep. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a project that Niger's president said will bolster the country's economic development. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,982 kilometer-long pipeline one of...

West African leaders meet on extremism in the region

Sep. 14, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met Saturday to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread. Leaders from West Africa have long been warning that...

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

Sep. 10, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union. The deal comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other abuses,...

Report: West, Central Africa violence closes 9,000 schools

Aug. 23, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso village. It's been more than a year since Hussaini has been to school. "I used to love school, to read, to count and to...

UN agency: Rival tribes clash in southern Libya; 90 killed

Aug. 20, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 90 people have died this month in southern Libya amid fighting between rival tribes. The fighting pits the Arab Alzway tribe against the sub-Saharan African Tabu tribe that inhabits a wide area stretching across Chad, Libya, Sudan and Niger and that...