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Stories with place: West Africa
  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:37 pm
  • PARIS - Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

  • Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:28 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

  • Guinea to cancel BSG Resources-Vale mining rights 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:58 pm
  • CONAKRY, Guinea - The government of Guinea is planning to revoke the mining rights to one of the largest untapped iron ore deposits in the world, following a watchdog's recommendation.

  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader? 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:40 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

  • Officials: 24 more abducted Nigerian students free 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:46 pm
  • MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Twenty-four more Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing, an education official said Friday.

  • Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:37 am
  • BAMAKO, Mali - An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north.

  • French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:16 pm
  • PARIS - French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" - killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said.

  • Thugs with machetes attack Nigerian party congress 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:43 pm
  • KADUNA, Nigeria - Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna.

  • Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:14 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multimillion-dollar fortune.

  • West Africa's Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:25 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives.

  • 5 newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:28 am
  • ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Five Ivory Coast newspapers whose publications have been temporarily suspended are denouncing the measure.

  • Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:39 pm
  • The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain - evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.

  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:19 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:34 pm
  • JOHANNESBURG - The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria.

  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:00 am
  • DAKAR, Senegal - The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.

  • State TV: 48 die in bus and truck accident in Togo 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:00 pm
  • LOME, Togo - State television in Togo says that 48 people died when a bus and truck collided on a road north of the West African country's capital.

  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

  • Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:38 pm
  • SAO PAULO - Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches were sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final online sales phase on Tuesday.

  • Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:20 pm
  • BRASILIA, Brazil - Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup.

  • 14 accused of mutiny stand trial in Sierra Leone 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:58 pm
  • FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A court martial of 14 soldiers accused of mutiny has opened in the capital of the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

  • Senegal to send Mali 250 more peacekeeping troops 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:58 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal plans to send more peacekeeping troops to neighboring Mali, where international forces are trying to restore stability after jihadi extremists took over the country's north.

  • Guinea-Bissau vote aims to bring stability 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 3:10 pm
  • BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau - The people of Guinea-Bissau went to the polls on Sunday, and the question on everyone's mind was whether this tiny West African nation, known as a transit hub for cocaine traffic, will finally find stability through democratic elections.

  • Rally calls on Burkina Faso president to run again 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:58 pm
  • OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Thousands of supporters of Burkina Faso's longtime president are calling for a constitutional amendment so the leader of the West African nation can seek another term.

  • Correction: Ghanaian Partnership story 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 4:52 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - In a story April 11 about the military partnership between the Ghanaian Armed Forces and North Dakota's National Guard, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of the Guard's commander on the fourth reference. His last name is Sprynczynatyk, not Sprynvzynatyk.

  • Health system criticized in I. Coast model's death 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:32 am
  • ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Awa Fadiga was attacked at night in a taxi that was taking her home to an upscale neighborhood in Ivory Coast's capital. Two witnesses say they saw the locally famous fashion model being thrown out of the cab under a bridge, apparently unconscious.