- Nigeria: Local leaders back militants hitting oil production Updated: May-27-16 8:18 am
WARRI, Nigeria - Community leaders and activists in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta voiced support for a new group of violent militants, saying their demands for a greater share of oil wealth match the aspirations of local people.
- Ex-environment minister warns of illegal logging in Senegal Updated: May-26-16 12:21 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Illegal timber sales from Senegal to Gambia could see the Casamance forest depleted significantly in the next two years, the former environment minister said Thursday.
- Dakar biennale fuels new life into Africa's contemporary art Updated: May-26-16 11:24 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Videos projected onto massive buildings, pop up art galleries and installations in an old courthouse are features of the Dakar Biennale, Africa's largest contemporary art festival currently enlivening Senegal's capital.
- Bird flu reappears in Cameroon, killing thousands of birds Updated: May-26-16 11:20 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence.
- Uber to expand its Africa operations Updated: May-26-16 8:06 am
JOHANNESBURG - Uber is expanding in Africa.
- UN lifts last sanctions on Liberia in sign of support Updated: May-25-16 6:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift the last remaining sanctions on Liberia in a sign of support for the government's progress toward peace after two civil wars.
- The golden voice of Cameroon, Anne Marie Nzie, dies at 84 Updated: May-25-16 4:54 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Singer Anne Marie Nzie, known as the golden voice of Cameroon, has died. She was 84.
- Cameroon teen escapes Boko Haram after raid Updated: May-25-16 1:44 pm
TOUROU, Cameroon - A 16-year-old girl was kidnapped with her 1-month-old baby by Boko Haram from her home in northern Cameroon 18 months ago, taken to Nigeria, married off to an extremist fighter and then trained to be a suicide bomber.
- Extremist attack on health post in Niger kills 6 Updated: May-25-16 1:36 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Doctors Without Borders says an attack by Islamic extremists in Niger's Bosso district has killed at least six people.
- Liberia chairman, speaker charged on alleged bribes Updated: May-25-16 12:50 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - The chairman of Liberia's ruling party and the speaker of the house of representatives have been charged for allegedly participating in a bribery scheme to get government officials to change a mining law to help a British firm.
- UN: Worsening humanitarian, security situation in Niger Updated: May-24-16 10:54 am
DAKAR, Senegal - The United Nations Refugee Agency says humanitarian conditions are worsening and insecurity is increasing in Niger's southeast Diffa region as thousands displaced by violence are forced to resettle.
- New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries Updated: May-23-16 8:53 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and deprived countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, a coalition of more than 30 health and humanitarian organizations said in a new report released Monday.
- Burkina Faso capital hit by water cuts amid soaring heat Updated: May-23-16 10:03 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Water trickles out of the faucet sometimes around 2 a.m. - and by dawn the taps run empty at Dramane Drabo's laundry business. It could be days before any more water returns, he laments.
- New York state college lists top 10 new species for 2016 Updated: May-23-16 6:06 am
SYRACUSE, New York - A sea dragon with stunning shades of ruby red and pink and a dainty damselfly are among the top 10 new species of 2016.
- Nigeria: 2nd Chibok girl rescued was not taken from school Updated: May-20-16 1:05 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - A second "Chibok girl" rescued by Nigeria's military in a forest battle with Islamic extremists was kidnapped from her home village and is not among 218 students missing from the 2014 mass abduction by Boko Haram that sparked worldwide outrage.
- WHO: Zika virus off West Africa coast came from Americas Updated: May-20-16 1:03 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The Zika virus that is believed to have infected more than 7,500 people in an island nation off the western coast of Africa is the same strain spreading through the Americas, the World Health Organization said Friday.
- 5 Chadian peacekeepers killed in latest Mali violence Updated: May-19-16 10:57 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - The U.N. says five Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and three wounded after being attacked in northern Mali, one of the deadliest attacks on United Nations soldiers.
- Saints sign 4th-round pick Onyemata to 4-year contract Updated: May-18-16 6:22 pm
METAIRIE, Louisiana - The New Orleans Saints signed rookie defensive lineman David Onyemata to a four-year contract Wednesday.
- Suspected jihadis attack police in northern Burkina Faso Updated: May-18-16 12:43 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Witnesses in northern Burkina Faso say Islamic extremists opened fire on a group of police officers, critically wounding one of them.
- Nigerian oil output, naira fall amid attacks, strike threats Updated: May-17-16 3:24 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Militant attacks on oil installations and the threat of a nationwide strike drove Nigeria's petroleum production and its naira currency to new lows Tuesday.
- UN condemns Boko Haram attacks ahead of summit in Nigeria Updated: May-13-16 9:11 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning attacks by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and expressing alarm at its links to the Islamic State group ahead of a summit in Nigeria to evaluate efforts to combat the extremists.
- Infantino says 'crisis is over' as FIFA gets 1st female No 2 Updated: May-13-16 9:03 pm
MEXICO CITY - FIFA's corruption crisis was declared to be over by President Gianni Infantino on Friday as the scandal-battered governing body broke new ground by appointing its first female and first non-European secretary general.
- 4 US citizens sentenced for attempted Gambian coup Updated: May-12-16 11:36 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Four U.S. citizens were sentenced in federal court for their roles in a failed attempt to overthrow the government in the West African nation of Gambia, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
- Cameron's anti-corruption summit faces uphill struggle Updated: May-12-16 6:27 am
LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday called corruption a "cancer" at the heart of the world's problems, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was as great a threat as extremism.
- Iran helps offset problems in Canada and Nigeria, IEA says Updated: May-12-16 5:23 am
PARIS - The International Energy Agency said Thursday that higher than expected Iranian oil production has helped stabilize the global oil market by offsetting concerns generated by wildfires in Canada and violence in Nigeria.