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Stories with place: West Africa
  • Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:50 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has spilled across borders.

  • Impact acquire former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:44 pm

    MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Monday.

  • Authorities order mosques closed in north Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 1:02 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region's governor said Sunday.

  • Michaela DePrince's journey from war to ballet stardom 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 9:48 am

    MIAMI GARDENS, Florida - The extraordinary arc of Michaela DePrince's life has taken her from African war orphan to international ballerina and cultural heroine. And on a recent weekday morning, in a small dance studio in a Miami Gardens strip mall, she is teaching determination and hope to 10 aspiring young dancers, along with how to hold their arms and point their feet.

  • The Latest: Conte says facing Spain 'very stimulating' 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:51 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):

  • Relatives remember loved ones killed in Air Algerie crash 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 12:49 pm

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Family members gathered in Ouagadougou to remember loved ones who died a year ago in a plane crash that killed 116 people.

  • Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 11:07 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Once stigmatized as the world's polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims.

  • 35-40 migrants drown off Libya, Save the Children reports 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:13 pm

    ROME - Save the Children reports that another 35-40 African refugees have drowned while trying to reach Italy from Libya.

  • Pew: Chinese stay optimistic in an otherwise gloomy world 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:34 am

    WASHINGTON - Maybe someone should tell the Chinese their economy is slowing. They don't seem to buy it.

  • Activist group says Liberians pressured to sign away land 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 10:26 am

    DAKAR, Senegal - Liberians in the country's southeast are being threatened into signing away land for palm oil plantations, and in some cases those opposing expansion have been beaten and arrested, activist group Global Witness said Wednesday.

  • South African aid group works to free hostages 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 9:16 am

    JOHANNESBURG - A video showing a South African and a Swedish hostage alive in Mali after three years, is a sign that their captors are willing to negotiate, the founder of a South African humanitarian organization said Thursday.

  • Chad minister says justice served with ex-dictator trial 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 4:53 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - The trial for Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre, accused in the deaths of thousands, represents justice for Chad victims and a path toward reconciliation, the country's justice minister said Wednesday.

  • Gambia head pardons prisoners; Rights group calls out abuses 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 4:40 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's leader on Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the military takeover that catapulted him into power by pardoning all prisoners convicted for treasonable offenses. The declaration, however, comes amid a rising climate of fear, Amnesty International said.

  • Police: Suicide bombers kill 20 in northern Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 12:31 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - At least 20 bodies have been found in northern Cameroon's regional capital of Maroua after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Wednesday in a busy marketplace and a popular neighborhood.

  • Red Cross warns against false use of its emblem in Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 11:34 am

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - The Red Cross warned Wednesday that its emblem is being falsely used in violence-plagued parts of Cameroon and threatened legal action.

  • World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-21-15 11:25 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.

  • Nigerian leader: Forces ready soon to take on Boko Haram story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 2:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday a multinational African force will be in place within 10 days to take the fight to the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram that has killed thousands and was behind the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls.

  • Michel Dussuyer takes over as new coach of Ivory Coast 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 2:06 pm

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Michel Dussuyer has been appointed as Ivory Coast's new coach, replacing French compatriot Herve Renard.

  • NYC foundation adds $64 million to 'resilient cities' work 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 1:17 pm

    NEW YORK - The Rockefeller Foundation is adding $64 million more an already $100 million initiative that recognizes cities for their ideas on physical, social and economic resilience.

  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 23 in north Cameroon 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 6:07 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed more than 20 people including multiple children in their latest attack on northern Cameroon, easily overwhelming the few soldiers posted at the targeted village, residents said Monday.

  • Obama praises Nigerian leader for pursuing safety, security story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-20-15 4:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's new president to the Oval Office on Monday and praised him for working to bring "safety, security and peace" to a nation challenged by economic strains, a history of corruption and violence unleashed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

  • UNMC public health dean back in Sierra Leone for Ebola work 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 2:52 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - A doctor from the University of Nebraska Medical Center is back in West Africa to help respond to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

  • Timbuktu's mausoleums restored years after destruction story has photos
    Updated: Jul-19-15 11:28 am

    TIMBUKTU, Mali - Fourteen mausoleums in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu that were destroyed by Islamic extremists have been restored by the United Nations.

  • Boko Haram tops agenda for Nigerian leader meet with Obama 
    Updated: Jul-19-15 9:43 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari travels to the United States on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama to mend relations battered by his predecessor's failures to fight an Islamic uprising and corruption in Africa's biggest oil producer.

  • Liberia says 4 remaining Ebola patients have recovered 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 1:05 pm

    MONROVIA, Liberia - The four remaining patients infected during Liberia's recent string of Ebola cases have recovered, meaning there are currently no confirmed cases in the country though more than 100 people are still under surveillance, a health official said Friday.