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African leaders to launch continent-wide free trade zone

Jul. 7, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Several African heads of state gathered in Niger's capital Sunday to launch a continentwide free trade area that represents an estimated market of $3.4 trillion. The African Continental Free Trade Area aims to create a single unified market for the continent's 1.3 billion people and to...

UN refugee agency evacuates 131 refugees from Libya to Niger

Jun. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says it has evacuated 131 African refugees from Libya to its emergency transit center in neighboring Niger. The UNHCR released a statement Thursday saying the evacuees were from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and included 65 children. Some of them were held in...

US military vehicle hits roadside bomb in Niger

Jun. 9, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — U.S. military officials say an American vehicle has struck a roadside bomb in the troubled West African country. There were no fatalities, though U.S. Africa Command said Sunday that U.S. service members were being looked at as a precaution. The explosion took place while U.S. and...

Pentagon ends reviews of Niger ambush that killed 4 soldiers

Jun. 6, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has concluded its reviews of a 2017 ambush that left four U.S. soldiers dead in the African nation of Niger and said it found the discipline it meted out to be adequate. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has accepted that conclusion, which was the result of a...

Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday

Jun. 4, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks the end...

Child advocacy group: Kids in 173 countries better off now

May. 28, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A children's advocacy group says youngsters in all but three of the 176 countries it evaluated have a better chance of growing up healthy, educated and protected from harmful practices like child labor and child marriage than at any time in the past two decades. Save the Children said...