- Malian Tuaregs returning home face violence in Timbuktu Updated: Feb-06-16 8:42 am
TIMBUKTU, Mali - Charred timbers are all that remain of a dozen Tuareg homes burned down last week in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu by a mob angry after reports of a gun attack on Malian security forces nearby.
- Guinea: Journalist shot dead outside opposition meeting Updated: Feb-06-16 7:56 am
CONAKRY, Guinea - Guinea's government says a journalist was shot and killed during clashes outside a meeting of the main opposition party.
- Widow of slain American missionary headed back to Africa Updated: Feb-05-16 7:11 pm
HOLLYWOOD, Florida - The widow of an American missionary said Friday that she believes it is God's plan for her to return to the African country where al-Qaida fighters killed her husband last month, and she has no hesitation about doing so.
- 6 Sierra Leone activists convicted in land dispute case Updated: Feb-05-16 11:25 am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A court in Sierra Leone has convicted six people of destroying 40 palm trees that belonged to a French company accused of land grabbing in the West African nation.
- Car bomb explodes at UN base in Mali's Timbuktu Updated: Feb-05-16 11:06 am
TIMBUKTU, Mali - A car bomb exploded Friday outside a U.N. mission police station in northern Mali, killing at least one Malian soldier and wounding several others, authorities said.
- UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised Updated: Feb-04-16 7:21 pm
UNITED NATIONS - At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision - half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children's agency said in a report released Thursday night.
- Nigeria suspends Sikorsky S-76C++ choppers after crashes Updated: Feb-04-16 6:49 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's aviation regulatory agency is suspending operation of all Sikorsky model S-76C++ helicopters following two crashes in six months in the West African country, the director general said Thursday.
- Nigerian state petroleum company lost $1.3 billion in 2015 Updated: Feb-04-16 11:23 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's state oil company lost 267 billion naira ($1.3 billion) in 2015, even as it tried to pump more oil to counter slashed world prices, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said Thursday.
- Former US Attorney General Eric Holder negotiating MTN fine Updated: Feb-04-16 9:01 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading negotiations for MTN as the South Africa-based telecommunications giant tries to eliminate or reduce a $3.9 billion fine imposed against the company's Nigerian subsidiary, the Nigerian Communications Commission said Thursday.
- WHO: More than 48 Ebola contacts missing in Sierra Leone Updated: Feb-04-16 7:30 am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Dozens of people linked to the most recent cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone are still missing, the World Health Organization warns, saying that among them 18 contacts are at high risk of having the virus.
- Russian, Filipino seamen held hostage in Nigeria - expert Updated: Feb-04-16 5:30 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - The crew of an oil tanker hijacked in Nigerian waters is from Russia, Georgia and the Philippines and is probably being held hostage for ransom, a shipping security expert said Thursday.
- Benin Navy guarding Greek tanker, hostages held in Nigeria Updated: Feb-03-16 5:35 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - The navy of Benin is guarding an oil tanker hijacked by militants who are holding five crew members hostage in Nigeria, Nigeria's navy and a shipping security expert said Wednesday.
- Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base Updated: Feb-03-16 12:46 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a "major setback" to the Islamic extremists.
- Helicopter crash-lands in Lagos lagoon, Nigeria, all survive Updated: Feb-03-16 11:43 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - A Texas company says its helicopter carrying oil workers crash-landed into the lagoon in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, and all 11 people aboard survived.
- Nigerian leader says army will limit use of force Updated: Feb-03-16 10:53 am
BRUSSELS - Nigeria's president says his country's military will only use the minimum force necessary to deal with extremists after calls for an investigation into senior commanders over abuses, including the deaths of more than 8,000 detainees.
- Jimmy Carter hopeful for Guinea worm eradication in Africa Updated: Feb-03-16 7:31 am
JUBA, South Sudan - Former US President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan.
- Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes up global governments Updated: Feb-02-16 12:02 pm
Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.
- Amnesty calls on Republic of Congo to free opposition figure Updated: Feb-01-16 4:46 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Amnesty International has called on Republic of Congo authorities to unconditionally release an opposition leader detained for more than two months.
- Lawyer: French forces helped to oust Gbagbo in Ivory Coast Updated: Feb-01-16 1:04 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A defense lawyer said Monday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was working to restore democracy in his country when he was forcibly ousted from power by French forces, mercenaries and other supporters of current President Alassane Ouattara.
- Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria Updated: Feb-01-16 10:05 am
WARRI, Nigeria - Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday.
- Sexwale to meet South African federation over FIFA campaign Updated: Feb-01-16 8:16 am
FIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will meet with senior South African Football Association officials on Tuesday for an "update" amid reports that the millionaire businessman's home federation is frustrated over his lackluster campaign.
- 4 African champions among 8 Nigerians banned for doping Updated: Feb-01-16 8:11 am
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria has banned eight athletes for doping, four of them gold-medal winners and one a silver medalist at the All Africa Games last year.
- More airlines offer Zika refunds to pregnant women Updated: Jan-28-16 5:35 pm
DALLAS - More U.S. airlines and cruise operators are offering refunds or letting pregnant women change itineraries if they booked a trip to places dealing with an outbreak of Zika virus.
- 16 dead, many critically wounded in Chibok, Nigeria Updated: Jan-28-16 8:55 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Multiple suicide bombings have killed 15 civilians and a soldier and the toll is expected to rise among those critically wounded in Chibok, community leaders said Thursday in the town from which Boko Haram kidnapped scores of schoolgirls almost two years ago.
- Kenya honors troops slain in Somalia with memorial service Updated: Jan-27-16 1:00 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday led an interfaith memorial service honoring Kenyan soldiers killed while on peacekeeping duty in Somalia.