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Stories with place: West Africa
  • Nagbe's year: Citizenship, playoffs and the US national team 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 3:32 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Things couldn't be better for Darlington Nagbe.

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram cannot be crushed by December 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 3:23 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military cannot meet the president's December deadline to crush Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, and Nigerians must expect suicide bombings to continue, a government spokesman said Thursday.

  • Suspected Boko Haram attack kills 16 in Niger village 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:58 am

    NIAMEY, Niger - Suspected Boko Haram militants raided a village in southeastern Niger, killing 16 people and looting shops, witnesses said Thursday.

  • Gambia leader denounces female genital mutilation 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:44 am

    DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's president advocated banning female genital mutilation, giving hope to human rights activists who are urging Gambia to adopt a law against the practice.

  • China in talks with Djibouti on establishing logistics base 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 5:59 am

    BEIJING - China said Thursday it is in talks with Djibouti about setting up a naval logistics center in the Horn of Africa nation to service Chinese anti-piracy patrols, raising the sensitive issue of whether Beijing will seek military bases overseas.

  • Official: Nigerian president to decide on $5.2B MTN fine 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 5:52 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - A Nigerian government spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari will make the final decision on whether to lower the gigantic $5.2 billion fine meted out to African telecommunications giant MTN.

  • UN envoy warns Sahel youths susceptible to radicalization 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:58 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Up to 41 million young people in the Sahel have bleak futures, pushing them to migrate and making them susceptible to radicalization, a U.N. envoy to the African region said Wednesday.

  • Mali president to bestow medals on hotel assault victims 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 1:08 pm

    BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's president announced on Wednesday that he would bestow medals on the 19 people killed during an assault at a luxury hotel in the capital last week, as funerals were held for three of its employees.

  • Militant attacks abroad a diplomatic quandary for China's Xi story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 1:01 am

    BEIJING - The killings of Chinese citizens by Islamic militants in Syria and Mali place President Xi Jinping in a quandary: How can Beijing respond effectively without betraying its strict stance against intervention?

  • Liberia records 1st Ebola death since July 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:25 am

    MONROVIA, Liberia - A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, a health official said Tuesday, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst ever outbreak of the disease.

  • Gov. Christie orders flags at half-staff for Mali victims 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 1:48 pm

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags on state buildings to fly at half-staff Tuesday to mourn the victims of last week's attack in Mali that killed a woman raised in New Jersey.

  • A look at Mali's Islamic extremist groups 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 12:03 pm

    The competing claims by the Macina Liberation Front and Al-Mourabitoun to have carried out Friday's attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako highlight the number of militant Islamic groups flourishing in Mali, a country with a weak central government and vast ungoverned spaces.

  • Meijer Gardens makes additions to Railway Garden display 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 11:19 am

    GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has some new additions to its Railway Garden display.

  • A partial list of victims in the Mali hotel attack 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 10:35 am

    BAMAKO, Mali - Here is a partial list of the victims of Friday's attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali which killed 19 people confirmed by The Associated Press:

  • In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:19 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

  • Meijer Gardens makes additions to Railway Garden display 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 4:02 am

    GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has some new additions to its Railway Garden display.

  • The Latest: Senegal president visits Mali attack site story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 3:09 pm

    BAMAKO, Mali - The latest on the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. (All times local):

  • SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • American killed in Mali worked to improve global health story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 2:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - As a Peace Corps volunteer, expert in global health and the mother of a 7-year-old boy, Anita Ashok Datar devoted her life to caring for and helping others, her family said.

  • Official: Suicide bomb kills 9 in north Cameroon town 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 12:48 pm

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon - A local official in northern Cameroon says at least nine people were killed and dozens injured when suspected Boko Haram militants carried out a suicide attack on a town bordering Nigeria.

  • Indonesia, Malaysia form OPEC-like palm oil council 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 7:43 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's top two palm oil producers, signed an agreement Saturday to set up a council for palm oil producing countries in a bid to ensure price stability by managing production and stock in the global market.

  • Michigan National Guard engineers in Africa for new project 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 4:01 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Army National Guard engineers are in Africa helping to improve living conditions for Liberian soldiers.

  • 3 Chinese business executives killed in Mali attack 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 10:32 pm

    BEIJING - Three senior executives of a powerful state-owned Chinese company were killed in the Friday attack on a Radisson hotel in the Mali capital of Bamako, officials said Saturday.

  • Health authorities: 3 new Ebola cases in Liberia story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 2:23 pm

    MONROVIA, Liberia - Three new Ebola cases have been confirmed in Liberia, a health official said Friday, more than two months after the West African nation was declared Ebola-free for a second time.

  • 6 Turkish Airlines personnel freed in Mali 
    Updated: Nov-20-15 9:03 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish Airlines says a sixth crew member has been freed from a hotel in Mali that was stormed by armed gunmen.