- UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.
- FIFA appoints committee to take over Guinean federation Updated: Apr-29-16 6:26 am
ZURICH - FIFA will appoint a normalization committee to take control of the Guinean soccer federation after what it called "internal wrangles" brought all competitions in the West African nation to a halt.
- Nigerian princess seeks funds to help Boko Haram survivors Updated: Apr-29-16 3:26 am
ATLANTA - It pains Nigerian princess Modupe Ozolua every time she hears about the suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings by the Boko Haram militant group in her ancestral homeland.
- Burkina Faso court throws out ex-president arrest warrant Updated: Apr-28-16 6:36 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.
- Ex-soccer star Weah to run again for president of Liberia Updated: Apr-28-16 3:22 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Former world footballer of the year George Weah will make a second bid to become president of Liberia when current leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's final term ends next year.
- UN votes to wrap up Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission in 2017 Updated: Apr-28-16 1:50 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to wrap up its 12-year peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast next year, a sign of confidence in the West African nation's progress to peace after years of political turmoil and thousands of deaths.
- Nigeria condemns attacks blamed on herders, vows crackdown Updated: Apr-28-16 12:49 pm
WARRI, Nigeria - The Fulani herdsmen community in southeastern Nigeria on Thursday blamed "criminals and mercenaries" for an attack this week that left 20 dead and prompted vows from the government to crack down on violence between herders and farmers.
- Mali: Rights groups blame army for deaths of minority group Updated: Apr-28-16 8:17 am
BAMAKO, Mali - Local rights groups in Mali warn that the army and its allies are torturing and killing civilians from an ethnic group accused of collaborating with Islamic militants.
- Cape Verde Official: Police nab suspect in slaying of 11 Updated: Apr-27-16 3:14 pm
LISBON, Portugal - Police in Cape Verde captured Wednesday a soldier suspected of killing 11 people at a military barracks in the West African island nation, an official at Cape Verde's Defense Ministry said.
- Poll: Wide differences in Muslim views on political Islam Updated: Apr-27-16 10:17 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A survey in 10 countries with significant Muslim populations, released Wednesday, found "striking" differences in the extent to which people believe the Quran should influence a nation's laws.
- Man sentenced to prison in slaying of US official in Niger Updated: Apr-27-16 12:28 am
NEW YORK - A Malian national who escaped from prison twice after being charged with killing a U.S. Defense Department official and wounding a U.S. Marine during a 2000 carjacking in Niger was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison.
- Group: Western Sahara war is possible if no vote date set Updated: Apr-26-16 12:08 pm
MADRID - A top member of a group seeking independence for Western Sahara warned Tuesday that war is possible over the disputed territory annexed by Morocco if the U.N. Security Council fails to set a timetable for a vote on self-determination.
- Pirates release 6 Turks captured off Nigerian coast Updated: Apr-26-16 7:34 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish maritime company says six crew members of a tanker ship who were captured by pirates off the coast of Nigeria have been released.
- US says piracy in Gulf of Guinea increasing at alarming rate Updated: Apr-25-16 7:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States warned Monday that piracy and armed robbery are increasing at an alarming rate in the Gulf of Guinea, pointing to reports by industry experts of at least 32 attacks off the coast of Nigeria alone so far this year.
- US men's basketball set for 5-game pre-Olympic schedule Updated: Apr-25-16 12:36 pm
The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team will face Argentina and three other opponents during a five-game, five-city exhibition tour leading up to the Summer Games.
- Equatorial Guinea leader looks to extend decades-long rule Updated: Apr-24-16 10:34 am
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang, Africa's longest-serving leader and the world's longest-serving non-royal head of state, is expected to dominate an election Sunday for a new term that could take his reign past the four-decade mark.
- World music star Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage Updated: Apr-24-16 9:22 am
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, has died following a collapse on stage during a concert, officials said. He was 66.
- Returning home is a mixed blessing for victims of Boko Haram Updated: Apr-23-16 2:47 am
YOLA, Nigeria - "Bring Back Our Girls," say the placards in the park and the tweets read around the world. But for thousands of girls and women who've escaped Boko Haram's clutches, the message they've sometimes encountered at homecomings has been "Stay Away."
- Inquiry blames crew failures for 2014 plane crash in Mali Updated: Apr-22-16 2:58 pm
LE BOURGET, France - A series of crew failures likely caused the 2014 Air Algerie crash in Mali, air accident investigators said Friday, although they said they were not assigning responsibility for the disaster that killed 116 people.
- 'Eclipsed' shows on Broadway to be dedicated to victims Updated: Apr-22-16 2:54 pm
NEW YORK - In an effort to shine a light on the hundreds of girls abducted from a school in Nigeria two years ago, all performances of the Broadway play "Eclipsed" will be dedicated to the still-missing victims.
- Amnesty urges Nigeria to 'come clean' over Shiite killings Updated: Apr-22-16 10:52 am
ABUJA, Nigeria - Satellite images and witness accounts offer damning new evidence that Nigeria's military killed hundreds of minority Shiite Muslims late last year, Amnesty International said in a report Friday.
- Former al-Qaida hostage recounts bitter return to France Updated: Apr-22-16 10:21 am
PARIS - The back of his shorn head still bears a deep scar of his al-Qaida jailers' beatings, although he has regained the weight that sloughed off during more than three years of captivity.
- International Red Cross workers freed in north Mali Updated: Apr-22-16 9:51 am
BAMAKO, Mali - Islamic extremists in northern Mali freed three staffers with the International Committee of the Red Cross they had kidnapped last week, a spokesman for the organization said Friday.
- Mali says it arrests planner of deadly hotel assault Updated: Apr-21-16 8:25 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's intelligence service says it has arrested a Mauritanian man behind a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, Bamako, last November.
- UN envoy: America won't give up trying to find Chibok girls Updated: Apr-21-16 3:28 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - The United States will never give up trying to bring the Chibok girls home, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power said Thursday as she met with protesters who have been holding vigil each day in Nigeria's capital.