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Chad swears in president after disputed election, ending years of military rule

May. 24, 2024 04:21 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad swore in Mahamat Deby Itno as the president on Thursday after holding elections earlier this month, completing a disputed transition to democratic rule after he seized power three years ago. Deby Itno, also known as Mahamat Idriss Deby, took power after...

Family of American caught up in Congo failed coup says their son went to Africa on vacation

May. 23, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The family of an American caught up in a failed coup attempt in Congo said their son was in Africa on vacation with family friends and had not previously engaged in political activism, according to a statement provided to The Associated Press. Tyler...

Congo names third American in a foiled coup plot as mourners gather in Utah to remember plot leader

May. 23, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

Congo's army spokesman on Tuesday released the name of the third American involved a foiled coup plot in Kinshasa, while family members in Utah gathered to mourn Christian Malanga, the eccentric leader of the brazen and ill-fated attack targeting the presidential palace over the weekend. ...

The alleged leaders of a suspected German far-right coup plot have gone on trial

May. 21, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The alleged leaders of a suspected far-right plot to topple Germany's government went on trial on Tuesday, opening the most prominent proceedings in a case that shocked the country in late 2022. Nine defendants faced judges at a special warehouse-like...

Americans in alleged Congo coup plot formed an unlikely band

May. 20, 2024 21:30 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three Americans involved in a brazen weekend attack on Congo's presidential palace formed an unlikely band under the leadership of eccentric opposition figure Christian Malanga, who dabbled in gold mining and used cars before persuading his Utah-born son to join in the...

US troops, equipment will depart from Niger by mid-September, the Pentagon says

May. 19, 2024 16:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops ordered out of Niger by the West African country's ruling junta will complete their withdrawal by the middle of September, the Pentagon and Nigerien defense officials said Sunday. The timeline was the product of four days of talks between the...

Congolese army says it has foiled a coup attempt. Self-exiled opposition figure threatens president

May. 19, 2024 12:29 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army said it foiled a coup attempt early Sunday and arrested the perpetrators, including several foreigners, following attacks on the presidential palace and the residence of a close ally of Congo's president that left three people dead in the capital, Kinshasa. ...

Congolese army says shootout in Kinshasa is a failed coup, perpetrators arrested

May. 19, 2024 05:46 AM EDT
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese army says shootout in Kinshasa is a failed coup, perpetrators arrested.

It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

May. 18, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016. The Grand Mosque of Djenné —...

Turkey's Erdogan pardons elderly generals imprisoned over 1997 'postmodern coup'

May. 17, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pardoned seven former top military officers who were sentenced to life terms in prison over the ouster of an Islamic-led government in 1997. The former generals, who are in their late 70s and 80s, were pardoned...