- Moments from safety, migrants die trying to reach Europe Updated: May-05-15 5:43 pm
CATANIA, Sicily - Young men piled over each other, some shimmying up ropes dangling from the towering rescue ship and others falling into the churning sea. Women and children were the last off the stricken dinghy during a chaotic Mediterranean rescue in which at least five migrants were crushed to death and more were feared drowned.
- 11 dead after Mali separatists launch central region attack Updated: May-05-15 5:40 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - Members of a coalition of separatist groups attacked a town in central Mali on Tuesday, killing 11 people and moving violence farther south after a cease-fire was broken last week, a spokesman and the government said.
- Africa's richest economy surviving on borrowed cash Updated: May-05-15 5:34 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's finance minister says Africa's richest economy is borrowing money to pay salaries as it struggles through a "difficult cash crunch" brought on by halved oil prices.
- Ex-Guinea junta leader to chair political party Updated: May-05-15 5:29 pm
CONAKRY, Guinea - A new political party in Guinea has named as its chairman former strongman Moussa Dadis Camara, who took power by staging a coup and was later shot in the head and went into exile, his lawyer said Tuesday.
- Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run Updated: May-05-15 4:15 pm
YOLA, Nigeria - A year ago, a dozen Nigerian troops fighting about 200 Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok exhausted their ammunition and ran, leaving the road open for the abduction of nearly 300 girls.
- Ebola victim's family says hospital's donation falls short Updated: May-04-15 5:52 pm
DALLAS - The family of the only person to die of Ebola in the United States said a Dallas hospital's donation to combat the disease in Africa fell far short of what they hoped.
- Former US leader Clinton praises Liberia progress on Ebola Updated: May-04-15 5:46 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday he was pleased to see Liberia's progress in the fight against the deadly Ebola disease, and urged residents of the West African nation to support those who survived.
- Nigeria's military: Battling tribal militia, not civilians Updated: May-04-15 5:02 pm
JOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military is battling a dangerous tribal militia that could grow into a terrorist group in central Nigeria and denies accusations its troops have killed dozens of civilians, the Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.
- Senegal pledges 2,100 troops to aid effort in Yemen Updated: May-04-15 3:14 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Senegal is sending 2,100 troops to help back the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia that is underway in Yemen, becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to contribute soldiers to the effort, the country's foreign minister said Monday.
- Jihadists destroy proposed world heritage site in Mali Updated: May-04-15 2:01 pm
BAMAKO, Mali - Jihadists have destroyed a mausoleum in central Mali that had been submitted as a U.N. World Heritage site, leaving behind a warning that they will come after all those who don't follow their strict version of Islam, a witness said Monday.
- With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death Updated: May-03-15 5:16 pm
YOLA, Nigeria - Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.
- Spain premier makes visit to 2 west African countries Updated: May-03-15 1:25 pm
MADRID - Spain's prime minister has started a two-day trip to two west African countries as Europe faces pressure from jihadis and migrants making perilous sea crossings seeking a better life.
- Togo court declares president re-elected from final results Updated: May-03-15 12:11 pm
LOME, Togo - Togo's constitutional court declared Faure Gnassingbe president for a third five-year term after tallying final votes on Sunday.
- Report: 5 months after infection, man spreads Ebola via sex Updated: May-01-15 3:31 pm
NEW YORK - Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.
- Niger governor orders evacuations due to Boko Haram Updated: May-01-15 1:28 pm
NIAMEY, Niger - A governor in southern Niger has ordered residents of islands on Lake Chad to evacuate to the mainland by Monday because of the threat posed by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria.
- Liberian newspaper tells government to pay for its ads Updated: May-01-15 12:48 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - No more free ride.
- Family of man slain by police on Skid Row files $20M claim Updated: Apr-30-15 6:11 pm
LOS ANGELES - Heleine Tchayou was home in Boston when she saw on the news cellphone video of a mentally ill homeless man killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police. She exclaimed to a friend and her son-in-law about how horrible it was. It wasn't until days later that she learned the man who died was her son, Charly Keunang.
- US shuts down Ebola treatment center in Liberia Updated: Apr-30-15 12:56 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - American officials are shutting down a special treatment unit they set up in Liberia at the height of the Ebola crisis last year.
- Australia wary of escalating rift after Indonesia executions Updated: Apr-29-15 2:04 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country Wednesday, but was wary of escalating hostilities with its neighbor despite a public outcry.
- Profiles of 8 drug traffickers executed in Indonesia Updated: Apr-28-15 9:44 pm
CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia early Wednesday executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling, according to foreign governments and local media reports, although a Philippine woman was granted a stay of execution.
- Liberians appeal to international community on trafficking Updated: Apr-28-15 2:59 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Protesters gathered Tuesday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Liberia's capital, asking the American government to put pressure on Liberian officials to bring back some 60 Liberian young women allegedly trafficked into Lebanon between 2011 and 2012.
- UN Security Council extends mission in Western Sahara Updated: Apr-28-15 2:37 pm
UNITED NATIONS - A small U.N. peacekeeping force in Western Sahara has been extended for another year but without the human rights monitoring mandate that residents have long demanded. The territory held by Morocco is called Africa's last remnant of a colonial past.
- UN says it will try to identify all Ebola cases by June Updated: Apr-28-15 9:40 am
LONDON - The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.
- Niger army retakes control of island from Boko Haram Updated: Apr-27-15 5:44 pm
NIAMEY, Niger - Niger's government says its military has retaken control of the island of Karamga in Lake Chad after an attack by Boko Haram on its positions there.
- African to be deported after 11 years illegally in US Updated: Apr-27-15 4:05 am
DETROIT - A man from Africa who spent 11 years in the United States illegally faces deportation after his name came up during an investigation of sham marriages.