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Gunmen kill dozens in attack in eastern Burkina Faso

May. 03, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 30 people were killed by gunmen in eastern Burkina Faso Monday, according to the government. The attack occurred in Kodyel village in the Komandjari province near the border with Niger, government official Labidi Ouoba told the...

16 Niger soldiers killed in attack near the border with Mali

May. 03, 2021 08:18 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — An ambush on a military patrol near Niger’s border with Mali killed 16 Niger soldiers and left one missing, the government said. The patrol was returning from a security mission near the border with Mali in Tillia in the northern part of...

UN focuses on demand to repatriate foreign fighters in Libya

Apr. 29, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held an informal meeting Thursday focusing on the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, a demand of the country’s transitional government as it heads toward December elections after a decade of...

EXPLAINER: The potential risks of political crisis in Chad

Apr. 27, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The killing of President Idriss Deby Itno has left his son in charge of Chad, the first change of power in more than three decades for the central African nation that borders some of the world's most volatile countries. The military's decision to...

Chad military council: No talks with rebels who killed Deby

Apr. 25, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad's military transitional government said Sunday it would not negotiate with the rebels blamed for killing the country's president of three decades, raising the specter that the armed fighters might press ahead with their threats to attack the capital. ...

Chad President Deby, ally in fighting extremism, dies at 68

Apr. 20, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — President Idriss Deby Itno, who ruled Chad for more than 30 years and became an important ally to Western nations in the fight against Islamic extremism in Africa, has been killed while battling against rebels in the north, according to the military. He was 68. ...

Suspected Islamic militants kill 19 people in Niger village

Apr. 18, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Gunmen on motorcycles attacked a village near Niger's troubled border with Mali, shooting at people as they prayed at the mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and killing 19 people, officials said Sunday. The attack took place Saturday...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

Apr. 14, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger's capital, killing 20 children, hospital officials said Wednesday. The pupils — between the ages of 7 and 13 — were attending class at the time the blaze...

Niger inaugurates president in 1st democratic power transfer

Apr. 02, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has sworn in its new president in the West African nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum’s inauguration Friday comes days after Niger’s security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at...

Niger government confirms military coup attempt thwarted

Mar. 31, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at the West African country's presidential palace overnight just two days before the newly elected president is to be sworn into office in a peaceful transfer of power, the government said Wednesday. ...