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Protesters attack French Embassy in Burkina Faso after coup

Oct. 01, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Angry protesters attacked the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Saturday after supporters of the West African nation's new coup leader accused France of harboring the ousted interim president, a charge French authorities vehemently denied. ...

Nigerians mark independence anniversary ahead of key poll

Oct. 01, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their independence Saturday with the country's leader acknowledging the economic and security hardships citizens are facing as they prepare to vote for a new president in four months. Nigerian President Muhammadu...

Guinea removed as host of 2025 African Cup in latest switch

Oct. 01, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African soccer confederation has removed Guinea as host of the 2025 African Cup of Nations because of inadequate infrastructure, the latest in a series of switches and delays for the continental championship over the last 10 years. The decision...

Army officers appear on Burkina Faso TV, declare new coup

Sep. 30, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — More than a dozen soldiers seized control of Burkina Faso's state television late Friday, declaring that the country's coup leader-turned-president, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, had been overthrown after only nine months in power. A...

Soldiers seize control of state broadcaster in Burkina Faso, announce coup leader-turned-president has been overthrown

Sep. 30, 2022 16:40 PM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Soldiers seize control of state broadcaster in Burkina Faso, announce coup leader-turned-president has been overthrown.

Residents in Burkina Faso's capital report gunfire, state broadcaster off air, sparking fears of a mutiny under way.

Sep. 30, 2022 04:23 AM EDT
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Residents in Burkina Faso's capital report gunfire, state broadcaster off air, sparking fears of a mutiny under way.

Nigerian presidential hopefuls sign election peace accord

Sep. 29, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Presidential candidates in Nigeria signed an accord Thursday committing to a peaceful campaign for the 2023 election. Nearly all of the 18 candidates for president signed the pact at an event in Abuja, the nation’s capital, where authorities also rolled out...

Guinea opens trial over 2009 army massacre of protesters

Sep. 28, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea opened a landmark trial Wednesday exactly 13 years after a stadium massacre by the military left at least 157 protesters dead and dozens of women raped, with the country's former coup leader Moussa “Dadis” Camara among those charged. The court...

Reluctant Algeria invites rival Morocco to Arab League meet

Sep. 27, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Under apparent pressure from other Arab powers, Algeria on Tuesday invited its neighbor and rival Morocco to an Arab League summit it's hosting in Algiers in November. Algeria severed diplomatic ties with Morocco last year, citing hostile actions from its...

Ex-Nigerian official gets 5 years for pandemic fraud in US

Sep. 26, 2022 20:20 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Nigerian government official was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $500,000 in pandemic relief benefits in the United States. Abidemi Rufai was wearing a $10,000 watch and $35,000 gold chain when he was arrested at JFK...