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BioNTech to work with Senegal, Rwanda to make mRNA vaccines

Oct. 26, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Rwanda have signed an agreement with German company BioNTech for the construction of its first start-to-finish factories to make messenger RNA vaccines in Africa. BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, said...

Senegal seizes 2 tons of cocaine off coast; arrests 5

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s navy seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a ship transporting the illegal substance off the coast of the West African nation. Five crew members were arrested from the vessel named La Rosa. The arrests Monday took place off the...

Gambian Toufah Jallow tells of surviving rape by dictator

Oct. 17, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Toufah Jallow’s name resonates deeply in Gambia as one of the few women who has taken a public stand against sexual assault in the small West African state. She gained fame at the age of 18 when she won a university scholarship in a national...

August proves deadliest month for migrants braving Atlantic

Sep. 24, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Migrant deaths along the Atlantic route from West Africa to Spain's Canary Islands reached a record high last month with 379 lives lost, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. Those deaths account for nearly half the total...

EXPLAINER: Why is history repeating itself in Guinea's coup?

Sep. 07, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Many hoped that Guinea's landmark 2010 election would finally bring the West African country a democratic leader after decades of corrupt dictatorship. Instead President Alpha Conde decided to stick around for a third term, modifying the...

Guinea's new junta leaders seek to tighten grip on power

Sep. 06, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's new military leaders sought to tighten their grip on power Monday after overthrowing President Alpha Conde, ordering the soldiers from his presidential guard to now join the junta forces and barring government officials from leaving the country. ...

Soldiers detain Guinea's president, dissolve government

Sep. 05, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Mutinous soldiers in the West African nation of Guinea detained President Alpha Conde on Sunday after hours of heavy gunfire rang out near the presidential palace in the capital, then announced on state television that the government had been dissolved in an apparent...

Tunisia tops Ivory Coast 78-75 to repeat as AfroBasket champ

Sep. 05, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri scored 22 points to help Tunisia repeat as African basketball champion in a 78-75 victory over Ivory Coast on Sunday. The veteran squad included former UCLA star Michael Roll, a naturalized citizen who had...

Tunisia, Ivory Coast win to advance to AfroBasket final

Sep. 04, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Naturalized citizen Matt Costello had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Ivory Coast beat Senegal 75-65 to advance to the final of the African basketball championship against defending champion Tunisia on Saturday. Costello, who played briefly for...

Tall task: Cape Verde aims high in AfroBasket semifinals

Sep. 03, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

Tiny Cape Verde has one big advantage as it tries to become African basketball champion for the first time: 7-foot-3 former NBA draft pick Walter “Edy” Tavares. The Real Madrid center has led his squad into the AfroBasket semifinals to face defending champion Tunisia...