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A Nigerian chess champion plays the royal game for 60 hours — a new global chess record

Apr. 20, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian chess champion and child education advocate played chess nonstop for 60 hours in New York City’s Times Square to break the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon. Tunde Onakoya, 29, hopes to raise $1 million for children's education across...

The US attempts a new military deal with Niger in a last ditch effort to stay

Apr. 19, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United States is attempting to create a new military agreement with Niger that would allow it to remain in the country, weeks after the junta said its presence was no longer justified, two Western officials told The Associated Press Friday. The officials,...

The West African Sahel is becoming a drug smuggling corridor, UN warns, as seizures skyrocket

Apr. 19, 2024 10:21 AM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Drug seizures soared in the West African Sahel region according to figures released Friday in a new U.N. report, indicating the conflict-ridden region is becoming an influential route for drug trafficking. In 2022, 1,466 kilograms, (3,232 pounds), of cocaine...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Apr. 19, 2024 05:04 AM EDT

April 12-18, 2024 Performers take part in the official flame lighting ceremony in Athens in preparation for the Paris Olympics. A local resident swims in floodwater in Orenburg, Russia, after a dam on the Ural River burst. The northern lights shine over an erupting volcano near the...

Donors pledge $630 million for conflict-hit Ethiopia but fall far short of $1 billion needed

Apr. 16, 2024 14:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A United Nations-backed gathering raised pledges of almost $630 million for Ethiopia's humanitarian crisis on Tuesday but fell short of the $1 billion sought to help feed and support millions of people facing conflict and climate change in Africa's second most populous...

2023 was a record year for wind installations as world ramps up clean energy, report says

Apr. 16, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

The world installed 117 gigawatts of new wind power capacity in 2023, a 50% increase from the year before, making it the best year for new wind projects on record, according to a new report by the industry's trade association. The latest Global Wind Report, published Tuesday by the...

As a landmark United Methodist gathering approaches, African churches weigh their future.

Apr. 13, 2024 08:11 AM EDT

The United Methodist Church lost one-fourth of its U.S. churches in a recent schism, with conservatives departing over disputes on sexuality and theology. Now, with the approach of its first major legislative gathering in several years, the question is whether the church can avert a...

AP Week in Pictures: Africa and Europe

Apr. 12, 2024 05:11 AM EDT

April 5-11, 2024 Northern lights dance in the sky over the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, and Anouk Garnier breaks a record climbing a rope under the Eiffel Tower. This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or...

10 years after Chibok, Nigerian families cope with the trauma of more school kidnappings

Apr. 11, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — His weak body stood in the doorway, exhausted and covered in dirt. For two years, the boy had been among Nigeria’s ghosts, one of at least 1,500 schoolchildren and others seized by armed groups and held for ransom. But paying a ransom didn't work for...

10,000 miles and 352 days later, a UK man reaches his goal of running the length of Africa

Apr. 07, 2024 15:44 PM EDT

RAS ANGELA, Tunisia (AP) — Sore and sandblasted but triumphant, runner Russ Cook reached the northernmost point of Africa on Sunday, almost a year after he set off from its southern tip on a quest to run the length of the continent. Dozens of supporters gathered on a rocky outcrop...