Latest Senegal News

Sonko court appearance sparks unrest in Senegal's capital

Mar. 16, 2023 14:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Authorities forcibly removed Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko from his car Thursday and escorted him to a court appearance, blocking his supporters from following him and sparking unrest in parts of the capital. Police fired tear gas in several parts...

Protesters back Senegal's opposition leader ahead of trial

Mar. 14, 2023 20:48 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Senegal's capital Tuesday in a peaceful show of support for the country's opposition leader who's facing trial later this week. It was the first of several days of scheduled demonstrations backing Ousmane Sonko....

Senegal's ex-prime minister in custody after criticism

Mar. 10, 2023 07:49 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's former prime minister has been taken into custody after he publicly suggested that the country's president had funded a French politician during a recent visit. Cheikh Haguibou Soumare was detained Thursday but he has not been told the charges...

Senegal police smash car, forcibly remove opposition leader

Feb. 16, 2023 13:18 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Police in Senegal smashed the window of a car in which a top opposition leader was sitting and forced him from the vehicle Thursday, marking the latest unrest surrounding a likely challenger to the ruling party in elections next year. Videos recorded by his...

NBA launching 'Films for Fans' at All-Star weekend in Utah

Feb. 13, 2023 10:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA will launch “NBA Films for Fans" during All-Star weekend festivities in Salt Lake City. The initiative involves filmmakers from 11 countries developing 24 short films that were commissioned by the NBA. The NBA is hoping the films provide a deeper outlook...

Mozambique's extremist rebels kill aid worker in north

Feb. 07, 2023 12:05 PM EST

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Extremist rebels in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province have killed a worker for the international charity Doctors Without Borders, shortly after a former vice president of the organization was asked to produce a report into the humanitarian situation in the...

Teen gets 10 years for house fire that killed 5 from Senegal

Feb. 01, 2023 20:29 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado teenager who was one of three friends who authorities say ignited a house fire that killed five Senegalese immigrants was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years behind bars in court where a man who lost his wife and baby daughter called the boy a “monster.” ...

In Senegal, Yellen talks about future of US-Africa relations

Jan. 20, 2023 12:23 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen caravanned from a government building to a business incubator in Dakar on Friday and was set to end her day at the president's residence, spreading a message of mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations. She came to talk...

Yellen kickstarts Biden administration visits to Africa

Jan. 19, 2023 13:54 PM EST

The Biden administration's big push to engage more with Africa is underway as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen begins a 10-day visit aimed at promoting all the economic possibilities that lie between the U.S. and the world’s second-largest continent. Yellen is the first...

African musicians awarded in Senegal at annual ceremony

Jan. 16, 2023 06:53 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Africa's star musicians hit the red carpet this past weekend at the annual All Africa Music Awards, celebrating the continent’s best talent. The four-day event culminated Sunday evening at an awards ceremony on the outskirts of Senegal's capital, Dakar, and...