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Heavy gunfire reported at Burkina Faso military base

Jan. 23, 2022 09:50 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Heavy gunfire rang out at a military base in Burkina Faso's capital early Sunday, prompting fears that a coup attempt was underway after weeks of growing frustration with the government's handling of the Islamic insurgency wracking the West African country. ...

Authorities: 16 dead in nightclub fire in Cameroon's capital

Jan. 23, 2022 08:16 AM EST

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A fire erupted at a popular nightclub in Yaounde, Cameroon's capital, setting off explosions and killing at least 16 people, government officials said Sunday. The tragedy comes as the country hosts thousands of soccer players, fans and match officials from...

French soldier dies in attack on anti-insurgent base in Mali

Jan. 23, 2022 08:02 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French soldier has been killed in a mortar shelling attack on a base in Mali, the military said Sunday. The 24-year-old artilleryman, Alexandre Martin, was serving with France’s anti-insurgent force Operation Barkhane, according to a statement from the French army....

Witnesses report heavy gunfire at military base in Burkina Faso's capital; government denies army takeover

Jan. 23, 2022 04:44 AM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Witnesses report heavy gunfire at military base in Burkina Faso's capital; government denies army takeover.

All 100 lab monkeys accounted for after several escape crash

Jan. 22, 2022 22:31 PM EST

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The last of the escaped monkeys from the crash of a truck towing a trailer load of 100 of the animals was accounted for by late Saturday, a day after the pickup collided with a dump truck on a Pennsylvania highway, authorities said. Several monkeys had escaped...

Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

Burkina Faso forces fire tear gas at anti-govt protests

Jan. 22, 2022 08:19 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters barricading the streets and throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as anger grows at the government’s inability to stop jihadist attacks spreading across the country. Several hundred...

Mali holds funeral for ex-president deposed in 2020 coup

Jan. 21, 2022 13:24 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's military government paid a final tribute Friday to former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who died less than 18 months after being overthrown in a coup and as the junta that ousted him faces growing international isolation over election delays. Among...

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

Jan. 21, 2022 12:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Government and business leaders have urged cooperation on the world's biggest issues — climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery — at the World Economic Forum's virtual gathering. Speeches and discussions from the likes of Chinese...

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia coast; 4 dead, 7 missing

Jan. 21, 2022 12:44 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four people died after a boat carrying Europe-bound migrants on the Mediterranean Sea sank off Tunisia's coast, the Tunisian Defense Ministry said Friday. Defense Ministry spokesman Mohamed Zekri said navy divers rescued 21 people on Thursday night and seven...