- 3rd Nigerian sister valedictorian at Dillard U in Louisiana Updated: May-06-16 12:48 am
NEW ORLEANS - A Nigerian woman is following her two older sisters as valedictorian at Dillard University in New Orleans.
- Congo buries its king of rumba, world music star Papa Wemba Updated: May-04-16 3:58 pm
KINSHASA, Congo - Thousands of Congolese attended the funeral Wednesday of Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba.
- Lesedi la Rona among largest diamonds ever found Updated: May-04-16 12:19 pm
LONDON - The 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona diamond, to be sold by Sotheby's in London on June 29, is one of the biggest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. It joins an elite list of hefty rocks:
- Group: 13 Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali Updated: May-04-16 10:53 am
BAMAKO, Mali - Pro-government militia killed four members of the Peuhl ethnic group in central Mali and then struck again at the funeral, killing nine more victims, a local community group said Wednesday.
- Would-be bomber killed with poisoned arrow in Cameroon Updated: May-03-16 9:03 am
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Authorities in northern Cameroon say a local self-defense group used a poisoned arrow to kill a woman with explosives strapped to her body.
- Senegal, US sign defense cooperation agreement Updated: May-02-16 7:34 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The United States and Senegal signed an agreement Monday to ease access for U.S. troops should they need to deploy to the West African nation in the case of a humanitarian or security crisis.
- New Jersey schools aid new school halfway around the world Updated: May-01-16 11:10 am
WILLINGBORO, New Jersey - The old desks, metal chairs and other office furniture were bound for the trash here in Burlington County, but a world away, those ready-to-be-tossed items were able to help transform a school.
- Saints draft Nigeria native who learned football in Canada Updated: Apr-30-16 8:20 pm
METAIRIE, Louisiana - David Onyemata's path to the NFL began when he followed in his sisters' footsteps by leaving Nigeria to attend college in Canada.
- Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching Updated: Apr-30-16 12:26 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.
- UN urges return to full operation of Western Sahara mission Updated: Apr-29-16 2:36 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council called Friday for the urgent return of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara to its full operation, a rebuke to Morocco which expelled most of the mission's civilian staff to protest a perceived slight by the U.N. secretary-general.
- FIFA appoints committee to take over Guinean federation Updated: Apr-29-16 6:26 am
ZURICH - FIFA will appoint a normalization committee to take control of the Guinean soccer federation after what it called "internal wrangles" brought all competitions in the West African nation to a halt.
- Nigerian princess seeks funds to help Boko Haram survivors Updated: Apr-29-16 3:26 am
ATLANTA - It pains Nigerian princess Modupe Ozolua every time she hears about the suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings by the Boko Haram militant group in her ancestral homeland.
- Burkina Faso court throws out ex-president arrest warrant Updated: Apr-28-16 6:36 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.
- Ex-soccer star Weah to run again for president of Liberia Updated: Apr-28-16 3:22 pm
MONROVIA, Liberia - Former world footballer of the year George Weah will make a second bid to become president of Liberia when current leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's final term ends next year.
- UN votes to wrap up Ivory Coast peacekeeping mission in 2017 Updated: Apr-28-16 1:50 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to wrap up its 12-year peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast next year, a sign of confidence in the West African nation's progress to peace after years of political turmoil and thousands of deaths.
- Nigeria condemns attacks blamed on herders, vows crackdown Updated: Apr-28-16 12:49 pm
WARRI, Nigeria - The Fulani herdsmen community in southeastern Nigeria on Thursday blamed "criminals and mercenaries" for an attack this week that left 20 dead and prompted vows from the government to crack down on violence between herders and farmers.
- Cape Verde Official: Police nab suspect in slaying of 11 Updated: Apr-27-16 3:14 pm
LISBON, Portugal - Police in Cape Verde captured Wednesday a soldier suspected of killing 11 people at a military barracks in the West African island nation, an official at Cape Verde's Defense Ministry said.
- Poll: Wide differences in Muslim views on political Islam Updated: Apr-27-16 10:17 am
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A survey in 10 countries with significant Muslim populations, released Wednesday, found "striking" differences in the extent to which people believe the Quran should influence a nation's laws.
- Man sentenced to prison in slaying of US official in Niger Updated: Apr-27-16 12:28 am
NEW YORK - A Malian national who escaped from prison twice after being charged with killing a U.S. Defense Department official and wounding a U.S. Marine during a 2000 carjacking in Niger was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years in prison.
- Group: Western Sahara war is possible if no vote date set Updated: Apr-26-16 12:08 pm
MADRID - A top member of a group seeking independence for Western Sahara warned Tuesday that war is possible over the disputed territory annexed by Morocco if the U.N. Security Council fails to set a timetable for a vote on self-determination.
- Pirates release 6 Turks captured off Nigerian coast Updated: Apr-26-16 7:34 am
ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish maritime company says six crew members of a tanker ship who were captured by pirates off the coast of Nigeria have been released.
- US says piracy in Gulf of Guinea increasing at alarming rate Updated: Apr-25-16 7:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The United States warned Monday that piracy and armed robbery are increasing at an alarming rate in the Gulf of Guinea, pointing to reports by industry experts of at least 32 attacks off the coast of Nigeria alone so far this year.
- US men's basketball set for 5-game pre-Olympic schedule Updated: Apr-25-16 12:36 pm
The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team will face Argentina and three other opponents during a five-game, five-city exhibition tour leading up to the Summer Games.
- Equatorial Guinea leader looks to extend decades-long rule Updated: Apr-24-16 10:34 am
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang, Africa's longest-serving leader and the world's longest-serving non-royal head of state, is expected to dominate an election Sunday for a new term that could take his reign past the four-decade mark.
- World music star Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage Updated: Apr-24-16 9:22 am
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, has died following a collapse on stage during a concert, officials said. He was 66.