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Frederic de Saint-Sernin, vice-CEO of non governmental organization ACTED, answers reporters in Paris, Monday Aug.10, 2020 in Paris. French anti-terrorism prosecutors formally opened an investigation one day after eight people, including six French nationals, were killed by gunmen in a Niger giraffe park. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)

Niger, French forces in search of gunmen who killed tourists

Aug. 10, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Armed forces from Niger and France have been deployed to pursue the gunmen who killed seven aid workers, mostly French citizens, and a leading guide in a Niger giraffe park considered one of the safer places in the vast West African country. The group had been on a day of sightseeing...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2020, file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. Niger and France say unidentified gunmen have killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital, early Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims' families in a statement. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP, File)

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

Aug. 9, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims'...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters. In a televised midnight speech, Keita promised early Thursday, July 9, 2020, to reform the country's constitutional court in a bid to quell another round of protests calling for his resignation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Mali opposition dismiss latest gesture by W. African leaders

Jul. 27, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders from West Africa's regional bloc met by video conference Monday to focus on Mali's political crisis, but political opposition leaders immediately dismissed the efforts after the panel merely endorsed recommendations protesters already had rejected. The regional bloc known as...

Models wearing face masks pose during a mask fashion show in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea has 100+ cases for 1st time in 4 months

Jul. 24, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 113 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours — its first daily jump above 100 in nearly four months. But the rise was expected as health authorities had forecast a temporary spike driven by imported infections found among cargo-ship...

Negotiations resume as Mali's political crisis deepens

Jul. 23, 2020 3:24 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Regional mediators are stepping up efforts Thursday in Mali, where the political opposition has renewed its call for protests so that President Ibrahim Boubcar Keita leaves office three years before his final term ends. The latest meetings come after Ivory Coast's president arrived in...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters. In a televised midnight speech, Keita promised early Thursday, July 9, 2020, to reform the country's constitutional court in a bid to quell another round of protests calling for his resignation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Mali opposition to protest after rejecting mediators' plan

Jul. 19, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's political opposition has called for more protests in the streets after rejecting a plan put forth Sunday by regional mediators for the creation of a unity government that stopped short of demanding the president's resignation. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who still has...

FILE  - In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The trial opened Tuesday, July 14, 2020 of an alleged Islamic extremist charged with policing a brutal Islamic regime in the Malian city of Timbukti after al-Qaida linked rebels overran the historic desert city in 2012. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, who sat in court wearing a face mask and white headscarf, is charged with involvement in crimes including rape, torture, enforced marriages and sexual slavery from April 2012 until the end of January 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool, File)

ICC prosecutor says defendant was 'key' to Timbuktu crimes

Jul. 14, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An alleged Islamic extremist who went on trial Tuesday on charges that he policed a brutal Islamic regime in Timbuktu after al-Qaida-linked rebels overran the historic Malian desert city in 2012 was a “key figure” in the reign of terror, the International...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Protesters loot office of Mali president's political party

Jul. 12, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Protesters ransacked a building belonging to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's political party on Sunday, underscoring the tensions that remain in Mali, even after the president met one of their top demands. The latest unrest at a neighborhood headquarters for Keita's RPM party came...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president's call for talks

Jul. 11, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue. The turnout was far smaller than the thousands who surged through the streets Friday, briefly...

Anti-government protesters burn tires and barricade roads in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, July 10, 2020. Thousands marched Friday in Mali's capital in anti-government demonstrations urged by an opposition group that rejects the president's promises of reforms. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

Mali's president urges dialogue after thousands protest

Jul. 10, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita went on national television early Saturday, urging dialogue with his opponents just hours after thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the capital with some pushing their way into state television offices. Friday's developments...