- US "concerned" by censorship of Mali website Updated: Dec-11-13 7:34 pm
- Nigerian survivor almost missed rescue diver Updated: Dec-11-13 12:43 pm
- French say they killed 19 extremists near Timbuktu Updated: Dec-10-13 4:43 pm
- Western Saharans protest EU-Morocco fishing accord Updated: Dec-10-13 4:19 pm
- Malian site says it got threats over AP story Updated: Dec-10-13 11:55 am
- Dortmund needs win to be secure in Group F Updated: Dec-10-13 9:51 am
- AP finds bodies of 6 after ethnic killings in Mali Updated: Dec-09-13 6:23 am
- France tries to rewrite its role in Africa Updated: Dec-08-13 4:49 pm
- US to play Ghana, Portugal, Germany at World Cup Updated: Dec-06-13 9:48 pm
- Something for everyone to talk about in WCup draw Updated: Dec-06-13 5:48 pm
- What they said about the World Cup draw Updated: Dec-06-13 5:34 pm
- Host Brazil avoids tough group in World Cup draw Updated: Dec-06-13 4:55 pm
- World Cup draw: the strong, the weak, the lucky Updated: Dec-06-13 4:53 pm
- Mandela mourned as inspiration in many struggles Updated: Dec-06-13 2:24 pm
- Defending champion Spain gets repeat of 2010 final Updated: Dec-06-13 12:47 pm
- Niger leader urges 'mixed brigades' to help Libya Updated: Dec-06-13 8:31 am
- UK in talks to help France with CAR logistics Updated: Dec-05-13 3:13 pm
- Official: Algeria kills high-level al-Qaida leader Updated: Dec-05-13 10:40 am
- Nigeria's Abuja international airport closed Updated: Dec-05-13 9:16 am
- 5 Things to Know about foreign World Cup coaches Updated: Dec-05-13 8:24 am
- Remains of 21 people found near barracks in Mali Updated: Dec-04-13 10:37 am
- Nigeria: Trial for 500 Islamic extremist suspects Updated: Dec-04-13 8:16 am
- Nigerian ambassador to visit Dubuque for event Updated: Dec-04-13 5:18 am
- Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic Updated: Dec-03-13 6:28 pm
- Nigeria FA head's email hacked, doesn't need cash Updated: Dec-03-13 2:08 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The United States says it is "concerned" by reports the Malian government threatened to shut down a Malian website, after it published an AP article.
WARRI, Nigeria - He had survived three days in an upside down tugboat at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and then he saw lights in the water. Air bubbles rose around the cook as he squatted in an air pocket. A diver was coming. Rescue seemed imminent for Harrison Odjegba Okene.
BAMAKO, Mali - The French military says it has killed at least 19 extremists this week in an operation in the northern desert region near Timbuktu, one of the towns that was under al-Qaida control for much of 2012.
LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara - Police clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators in a city of Western Sahara on Tuesday during a protest against a new fishing accord that gives EU boats access to rich coastal waters.
BAMAKO, Mali - The editor-in-chief of a popular news portal in Mali says he took down an Associated Press article detailing crimes allegedly committed by Mali's military, after receiving two threatening phone calls and an email from Mali's government.
FRANKFURT, Germany - Borussia Dortmund needs to beat Marseille to be sure of advancing from Group F of the Champions League.
TIMBUKTU, Mali - The body of an old man known as The Last Arab of Timbuktu, the symbol of ethnic minority Arabs who died or disappeared in a backlash against the al-Qaida occupation, has been found buried in the desert.
PARIS - France is coming to the rescue again, deploying soldiers in a former African colony to help stave off catastrophe - dirty work that Paris says it doesn't really want. France has its eyes on a dynamic new Africa that is creating jobs, not conflicts.
The U.S. drew a daunting task for next year's World Cup: difficult opponents, tropical venues and a wearying 9,000-mile zigzag journey across Brazil.
There are scores to settle, family feuds and no shortage of karmic reckoning. For something so random, Friday's World Cup draw delivered a blockbuster mix of intrigue, entertainment and story lines that will keep folks talking from now until the tournament kicks off June 12.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Coaches and players were quick to react to Friday's World Cup draw. The following is a selection.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Brazil escaped tough opponents in the group stage of next year's World Cup but will probably face a major rival as early as the second round.
Who wound up in difficult groups and who got away easy from Friday's World Cup draw (average world ranking for four teams in parentheses):
Nelson Mandela led black South Africans in their struggle to throw off the yoke of white rule and then helped the entire nation heal the wounds of racial division.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Defending champion Spain will play its opening World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the 2010 final, while host Brazil faces a relatively easy path to the knockout stage after Friday's draw.
PARIS - Niger's president is pushing for the creation of multinational African brigades - notably with Libya - to boost border security in lawless zones where jihadist fighters roam.
LONDON - Britain is discussing offering logistical support to France for its military operation in the Central African Republic, officials said Thursday, an effort that could mirror U.K. assistance for a previous French intervention in Mali.
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian army helicopters killed a high-level al-Qaida operative and four associates as they sped through the southern Algerian desert, a local official said Thursday.
ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's Aviation Ministry says the international airport at the country's capital, Abuja, is closed with the runway blocked by a Saudi cargo plane.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - The World Cup promises friendly reunions and old scores to settle - and that's just in the coaching dugouts.
BAMAKO, Mali - A mass grave containing 21 skulls has been discovered near the Kati military barracks, formerly the fief of the country's military strongman, Mali's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday.
LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's military is recommending immediate trial for 500 suspected extremist militants and the president is promising an economic boost for the northeast region confronting an Islamic uprising - both issues that address concerns expressed by the United States.
DUBUQUE, Iowa - The ambassador of Nigeria is coming to Dubuque.
LAGOS, Nigeria - About 100 feet down, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, divers had already pulled four bodies out of the sunken tugboat. Then a hand appeared on a TV screen monitoring the recovery.
ABUJA, Nigeria - The president of the Nigerian Football Federation says his email account has been hacked and that he doesn't need money from his friends.