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It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

May. 18, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016. The Grand Mosque of Djenné —...

Turkey's Erdogan pardons elderly generals imprisoned over 1997 'postmodern coup'

May. 17, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pardoned seven former top military officers who were sentenced to life terms in prison over the ouster of an Islamic-led government in 1997. The former generals, who are in their late 70s and 80s, were pardoned...

Today in History: May 17, Brown v Board of Education ruling strikes down legal segregation

May. 17, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, May 17, the 138th day of 2024. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 1954, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision which...

Thousands replaster Mali's Great Mosque of Djenne, which is threatened by conflict

May. 13, 2024 21:58 PM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Thousands of Malians carrying buckets and jugs of mud joined the annual replastering of the world's largest mud-brick building this weekend, a key ritual that maintains the integrity of the Great Mosque of Djenne in the center of the country. The building has...

Chad's military ruler declared winner of presidential election, while opposition disputes the result

May. 10, 2024 02:32 AM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad’s military leader, Mahamat Deby Itno, was declared the winner of this week's presidential election, according to provisional results released Thursday. The results were contested by his main rival, Prime Minister Succès Masra. The national agency that...

Fiji's ex-leader, Frank Bainimarama, sentenced to prison for interfering in police investigation

May. 09, 2024 02:57 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for interfering in a criminal investigation while he headed the government of his South Pacific island nation. Acting High Court of Fiji Chief Justice Salesi Temo...

Chad holds a presidential election after years of military rule

May. 06, 2024 16:02 PM EDT

N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Chad held its long delayed presidential election on Monday following three years of military rule under the interim president, Mahamat Deby Itno, a vote that analysts widely expected the incumbent to win. Deby Itno seized power after his father, who spent...

9 people are on trial in Germany over an alleged far-right coup plot

Apr. 29, 2024 05:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nine people charged with terrorism in connection with an alleged far-right plot to topple the German government went on trial Monday in one of three linked cases. The trial opening in Stuttgart is the first to open in relation to the purported conspiracy, which came...

Burkina Faso suspends BBC and Voice of America after they covered a report on mass killings

Apr. 26, 2024 11:15 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Burkina Faso suspended the BBC and Voice of America radio stations for their coverage of a report by Human Rights Watch on a mass killing of civilians carried out by the country's armed forces. Burkina Faso's communication spokesperson, Tonssira Myrian Corine...

Myanmar’s figurehead vice president, a rare holdover from Suu Kyi's civilian government, steps down

Apr. 22, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s Vice President Henry Van Thio, who served in the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and then continued in the position after the military ousted her to seize power in 2021, is stepping down for unspecified health reasons, state media said Monday. ...