- Experts to investigate new Ebola case in north Sierra Leone Updated: Aug-31-15 1:48 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Ebola experts are in Sierra Leone's Kambia district investigating a case that emerged less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from hospital, a World Health Organization spokeswoman said Monday.
- Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, expected to weaken Updated: Aug-31-15 11:10 am
MIAMI - Fred has strengthened to a hurricane, spreading wind and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds Updated: Aug-31-15 6:34 am
MADRID - An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday.
- Governor: Boko Haram kills 56 in remote part of Borno State Updated: Aug-30-15 9:58 pm
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign
- Nigeria wins African basketball title, gets Olympic spot Updated: Aug-30-15 8:54 pm
RADES, Tunisia - Nigeria won its first African basketball championship and earned a spot in the 2016 Olympics.
- Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death Updated: Aug-30-15 12:38 pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last known patient was discharged from a hospital.
- Mali militia agrees to leave occupied northern town Updated: Aug-30-15 7:55 am
BAMAKO, Mali - A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord.
- Romanian govt examines video of man kidnapped in Africa Updated: Aug-30-15 7:44 am
BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's Foreign Ministry says it is working to verify the authenticity of a video of a Romanian security worker pleading for help after being kidnapped by those with ties to the Islamic State group.
- Burkina Faso court rejects candidate of former ruling party Updated: Aug-29-15 3:10 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - A court in Burkina Faso on Saturday rejected the chosen presidential candidate of the former ruling party, prompting threats of a boycott of the vote in October.
- Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency Updated: Aug-29-15 2:08 pm
ATLANTA - To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter's battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar.
- Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members 1 day after verdict Updated: Aug-29-15 12:49 pm
N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad executed by firing squad 10 members of Boko Haram on Saturday, the security minister said, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terror measures last month.
- Officials: 7 die in Nigeria air force plane crash Updated: Aug-29-15 11:46 am
KADUNA, Nigeria - The Nigerian air force says one of its aircraft has crashed into a residential house in Kaduna state killing all four crew and three passengers.
- African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women Updated: Aug-28-15 6:34 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world.
- Yaya Toure opts out of Ivory Coast squad, future unclear Updated: Aug-28-15 3:05 pm
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Yaya Toure asked not to be included in Ivory Coast's squad for its first 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier and coach Michel Dussuyer says the midfielder is in a "period of reflection" over his international career.
- Guinea ex-coup leader won't run in election Updated: Aug-28-15 2:17 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - The lawyer of Guinea's former coup leader says the ex-strongman will not be able to take part in next month's presidential election after he was barred from returning to the country.
- Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of gay acts Updated: Aug-28-15 12:20 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - A Senegalese activist and a rights group on Friday called for the release of seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for homosexual acts.
- Ebola survivor who lost 21 relatives gives birth to baby boy Updated: Aug-28-15 5:47 am
KENEMA, Sierra Leone - Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son.
- In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target Updated: Aug-25-15 6:07 pm
CAIRO - A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group's campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.
- Nigerian graft-fighting commission accused of corruption Updated: Aug-25-15 3:31 pm
LAGOS, Nigeria - The chairman of Nigeria's corruption-fighting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is appearing before the Senate to answer accusations that he diverted billions of dollars.
- Liberians look for help to care for research chimps Updated: Aug-24-15 4:34 pm
CHIMPANZEE ISLAND, Liberia - Eleven chimpanzees rushed out from the bush and descended from trees to the shore, making jubilant sounds to greet the speed boat bringing food.
- Armed men launch attack in Burkina Faso near Mali Updated: Aug-24-15 3:52 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Several suspected Islamic militants launched a rare attack near the West African nation's border with Mali on Monday, wounding at least two people as they said they were targeting Christians, a witness and a security official said.
- UN to support initiatives by new Nigerian president Updated: Aug-24-15 2:35 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Muhammadu Buhari Monday and promised solidarity in the new Nigerian leader's fight against insecurity, unemployment and corruption.
- Doctors in Ghana return to work at hospitals, ending strike Updated: Aug-24-15 1:05 pm
ACCRA, Ghana - Doctors have returned to work at Ghana's public hospitals, ending a three-week strike that saw only police and military hospitals open in the capital.
- With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation Updated: Aug-23-15 4:38 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are, and how to remedy them.
- Pint-size thieves frighten Ivory Coast's largest city Updated: Aug-23-15 11:19 am
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast taxi driver Mamadou Bamba had finished his shift and was walking home around midnight when a dozen children accosted him on the street and demanded his money. When he hesitated, the thieves pulled out small knives and stabbed him eight times before making off with fares totaling more than $100.