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Mbaye Babacar Diouf, poses for a photo wearing his nurse's uniform, at Basurto hospital, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Mbaye Babacar Diouf's life as a migrant in Europe took a turn for the better when he was adopted in Spain at the age of 28. That enabled him to pay his debts to human traffickers, study nursing and find a job at a Spanish hospital. Now he's giving back to the community. In a Bilbao hospital he cares for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

A migrant's odyssey from boat to COVID nursing job in Spain

Nov. 25, 2020 2:20 AM EST

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The six migrants listen attentively to Mbaye Babacar Diouf, whose own journey across the Atlantic to a job nursing COVID-19 patients in Spain and giving back to the community through his own nonprofit would seem to scream success. But Babacar warns the men who've arrived from Senegal,...

Migrants stand at the Arguineguin port in Gran Canaria island, Spain, after being rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by emergency workers on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2020. Under increasing pressure from the steady build-up of Africans' arrivals to its southern Canary Islands, the Spanish government has launched an all-front offensive, including active diplomacy, to avoid becoming the next black spot on Europe's failing record handling migration flows. (AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)

Spain's foreign minister visits Senegal to discuss migration

Nov. 22, 2020 3:39 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Spain’s foreign minister met Sunday with Senegal's president in the West African country’s capital Sunday to discuss the sudden increase of Senegalese migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands by boat. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya met with...

Al-Qaida names new North Africa leader, reports kidnap death

Nov. 22, 2020 6:55 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Al-Qaida’s North African branch said it has appointed a new leader after confirming the death of its former chief, who was killed in June by French forces, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The Washington-based group, which monitors jihadist sites, said in a video...

Senegal cops arrest dad of teen who died on boat to Europe

Nov. 12, 2020 11:55 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Police in Senegal have arrested the father of a 15-year-old boy who died at sea in October while trying to migrate to Europe, according to local reports Thursday. The local newspaper Liberation reported Thursday that Mamadou Faye was arrested on charges of complicity in the smuggling...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 file photo, President of Mali Amadou Toumani Toure gestures after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellory in Berlin, Germany. Mali's former president Amadou Toumani Toure, who served as Mali's president from 2002 until March 2012 when he was deposed by a military coup, has died at the age of 72, according to Senegal's President Macky Sall on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Mali's former president Amadou Toumani Toure dies at 72

Nov. 10, 2020 8:56 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72. Mali’s transitional President Bah N’Daw confirmed Toure’s death on Tuesday in a statement in which he offered his condolences to the family. N’Daw said Toure was a major player in...

Mali's former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72, according to Senegal's president.

Nov. 10, 2020 5:13 AM EST
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's former president Amadou Toumani Toure has died at the age of 72, according to Senegal's president.

IOM: 140 dead in weekend migrant ship sinking off Senegal

Oct. 29, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A weekend migrant shipwreck off Senegal has left at least 140 people dead, making it the deadliest so far this year, the International Organization for Migration confirmed Thursday. About 200 passengers set off in the vessel from the Senegalese town of Mbour on Saturday, heading for...

Security reminds fans to mask up before entering Sanford Stadium before the start of the Georgia-Tennessee NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Champions Hockey League cancels upcoming season

Oct. 13, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ One of Europe’s leading ice hockey competitions has canceled its 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Champions Hockey League was due to begin next month in an already-shortened format with a knockout...

In this aerial photo taken with a drone, pilgrims from the Mouride Brotherhood arrive at the Grand Mosque of Touba during the celebrations of the Grand Magal of Touba, in Senegal, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people from the Mouride Brotherhood, an order of Sufi Islam, gather for the annual religious pilgrimage to celebrate the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba, the founder of the brotherhood. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Tens of thousands attend Senegal pilgrimage despite COVID-19

Oct. 6, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

TOUBA, Senegal (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslims descended upon Senegal's holy city this week for the annual Grand Magal pilgrimage, a tradition in West Africa that some fear could become a super-spreader event for COVID-19. The Magal honors the founder of the Mouride Brotherhood, Senegal's most...