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'Everybody cries here': Hope and despair in Mexican shelter

Sep. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

Niger seeks to step up oil production with pipeline to coast

Sep. 18, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger has started construction on an oil pipeline that will link it to the coast through West African neighbor Benin, a project that Niger's president said will bolster the country's economic development. President Issoufou Mahamadou called the 1,982 kilometer-long pipeline one of...

Nigerian women protest over apparent serial killings

Sep. 18, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Women in southern Nigeria marched in the streets on Wednesday to protest the deaths of several women in hotel rooms by what appears to be a serial killer. "Their killers must be found," the women chanted, many dressed in black for mourning, during the second day of protests in the...

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

Sep. 18, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — A fire at a Quranic school outside Liberia's capital has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children, police said Wednesday. The fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia,...

Liberian police say a fire at a Quranic school outside the capital kills at least 27 people

Sep. 18, 2019 8:57 AM EDT
PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — Liberian police say a fire at a Quranic school outside the capital kills at least 27 people.

6 reported dead after tourist boat capsized off Senegal

Sep. 17, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Six Senegalese have died after a boat capsized in a storm during an excursion to a tiny island off the coast of Senegal's capital, a private radio station said Tuesday. Thirty-five people were rescued after the storm on Monday evening, including 24 Senegalese, six French, two Germans,...

ICC prosecutor appeals acquittal of ex-Ivory Coast president

Sep. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and a youth minister on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Judges acquitted Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude in January after ruling...

Ethiopia releases Lebanese businessman held since last week

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese Foreign Ministry says Ethiopia has released a Lebanese businessman who had been detained in the African nation since last week. The ministry said Sunday that Hassan Jaber will head from Ethiopia to the African nation of Gabon and later will return to Lebanon. On Friday, the...

West African leaders meet on extremism in the region

Sep. 14, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met Saturday to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread. Leaders from West Africa have long been warning that...

Gambia minister to recommend charges filed against ex-leader

Sep. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's justice minister said Friday that former dictator Yahya Jammeh should be charged with theft and other forms of economic crimes as a result of a newly released economic inquiry into the former government. "The damage former President Jammeh has caused to government...