- Mali: Extremists claim attack that killed 5 peacekeepers Updated: Feb-13-16 11:13 am
BAMAKO, Mali - A group that tracks jihadi activity online says Mali-based Islamic extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.N. base that killed five peacekeepers.
- Jidenna talks snagging a Grammy nod and finishing his album Updated: Feb-12-16 8:23 pm
NEW YORK - If ever you've laid eyes on Jidenna - the nattily dressed singer and emcee behind the Grammy-nominated anthem "Classic Man" - then certainly you remember him: He's straight out of a time machine with his fiery red hair, slicked into a dapper 1930s style, slim suits and a gold watch chain dangling from his pocket.
- US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR Updated: Feb-12-16 2:41 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.
- Nigerian army frees 267 detainees, no links to Boko Haram Updated: Feb-12-16 1:12 pm
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigeria's army freed 267 detainees Friday, including dozens of children, some as young as preschoolers, saying that investigators had determined they had no links to Boko Haram Islamic extremists.
- Mauritania arrests Interior Ministry official for corruption Updated: Feb-12-16 11:16 am
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - An official in Mauritania says the secretary-general of the Interior Ministry has been arrested on suspicion of corruption connected to a British company.
- Nigerian army: 12 senior officers investigated for graft Updated: Feb-12-16 10:43 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army says 12 senior officers are being investigated for corruption.
- Cameroon soldiers kill 27 Boko Haram fighters across border Updated: Feb-12-16 6:39 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Cameroon soldiers killed at least 27 Boko Haram fighters after launching a cross-border operation in the Nigerian locality of Goshi that also resulted in the death of one soldier, a senior military official said.
- Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill Updated: Feb-11-16 7:36 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.
- Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May Updated: Feb-11-16 4:28 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.
- Mexico beats Senegal 2-0 in exhibition in Miami Updated: Feb-10-16 10:59 pm
MIAMI - Jesus Duenas and Rodolfo Pizarro scored second-half goals to help Mexico beat Senegal 2-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
- Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram Updated: Feb-10-16 5:03 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's army has arrested two soldiers allegedly caught trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists, a spokesman said Wednesday.
- Double suicide bombing in Cameroon's north kills at least 10 Updated: Feb-10-16 11:40 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - The governor of Cameroon's Far North region says two suicide bombers have killed at least 10 people in an attack on a northern village.
- Texas couple charged with forcing nanny to work for no pay Updated: Feb-09-16 8:21 pm
HOUSTON - A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say.
- Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations Updated: Feb-09-16 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.
- Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm
THIES, Senegal - Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.
- Governor, health officials sued over Ebola quarantines Updated: Feb-08-16 2:18 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 were essentially imprisoned illegally under a state policy based on politics, not science, according to a lawsuit they filed on Monday.
- Senegal fears extremism amid imam arrests, regional attacks Updated: Feb-08-16 9:59 am
KAOLACK, Senegal - Dozens of armed security forces descended on the Quranic school at night, arresting an imam suspected of having links to Islamic extremists in Nigeria.
- Australian released by jihadists arrives in Burkina Faso Updated: Feb-08-16 6:29 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - An Australian woman who was freed by her al-Qaida captors after several weeks said Monday that she hopes her husband who remains a hostage will soon be released as well so they can continue their charity work in the West African country.
- Congo claims African Nations title, beats Mali 3-0 Updated: Feb-07-16 4:06 pm
KIGALI, Rwanda - Congo won the African Nations Championship title by convincingly beating Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda on Sunday.
- African Children's Choir to perform in Florence Updated: Feb-07-16 11:00 am
FLORENCE, Alabama - Since 1984, the African Children's Choir has been giving kids from across the continent of Africa a chance to improve their lives.
- Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso Updated: Feb-06-16 5:50 pm
NIAMEY, Niger - A spokesman for Niger's president says an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso has been freed.
- Malian Tuaregs returning home face violence in Timbuktu Updated: Feb-06-16 10:07 am
TIMBUKTU, Mali - Charred timbers are all that remain of a dozen Tuareg homes burned down last week in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu by a mob angry after reports of a gun attack on Malian security forces nearby.
- Guinea: Journalist shot dead outside opposition meeting Updated: Feb-06-16 7:56 am
CONAKRY, Guinea - Guinea's government says a journalist was shot and killed during clashes outside a meeting of the main opposition party.
- Widow of slain American missionary headed back to Africa Updated: Feb-05-16 7:11 pm
HOLLYWOOD, Florida - The widow of an American missionary said Friday that she believes it is God's plan for her to return to the African country where al-Qaida fighters killed her husband last month, and she has no hesitation about doing so.
- 6 Sierra Leone activists convicted in land dispute case Updated: Feb-05-16 11:25 am
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A court in Sierra Leone has convicted six people of destroying 40 palm trees that belonged to a French company accused of land grabbing in the West African nation.