- Senegalese journalist gets 6 months for homosexuality Updated: Jul-31-15 2:22 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - A well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality, which is illegal in this West African country.
- UN Ebola mission winds down, WHO takes reins in West Africa Updated: Jul-31-15 12:17 pm
- Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa Updated: Jul-31-15 11:44 am
LONDON - An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.
- Report: C. African Republic Muslims forced to convert Updated: Jul-31-15 8:46 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International said Friday.
- Doctors strike in Ghana, demand better conditions Updated: Jul-31-15 8:36 am
ACCRA, Ghana - Ghana's Medical Association says more doctors working at public hospitals across the country are set to join a strike demanding better working conditions.
- Suicide bomber kills 10 at Maiduguri market in north Nigeria Updated: Jul-31-15 6:13 am
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - A suicide bomber killed about 10 people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.
- Nigeria rescues 71, mostly women and girls, from Boko Haram Updated: Jul-30-15 4:51 pm
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Nigerian soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the military said Thursday.
- Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback; 500 under quarantine Updated: Jul-30-15 1:37 pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Authorities in Sierra Leone said Thursday they had quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months, in another setback for the fight against the disease.
- UN adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking Updated: Jul-30-15 12:23 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted its first-ever resolution aimed at combatting illicit trafficking in wildlife on Thursday as its sponsors expressed outrage at the killing of a beloved protected lion in Zimbabwe.
- Correction: FIFA-Zimbabwe Fined story Updated: Jul-30-15 11:09 am
ZURICH - In a story July 29 about FIFA fining Zimbabwe's football association for failing to show up for a women's Olympic qualifier, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Zimbabwe had later withdrawn from the qualifying competition. Zimbabwe only withdrew from the first leg.
- Security checkpoint extortion costs Ivory Coast millions Updated: Jul-29-15 1:41 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Extortion at security checkpoints is costing Ivory Coast millions each year despite government steps to eradicate the practice, a rights group said Wednesday.
- Overnight shooting at Niger Embassy in Egypt kills 1 Updated: Jul-29-15 3:55 am
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities say gunmen opened fire overnight outside of the Niger Embassy, killing a police conscript and wounding three.
- Impact acquire former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba Updated: Jul-27-15 5:44 pm
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Monday.
- Authorities order mosques closed in north Cameroon Updated: Jul-26-15 1:02 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Authorities have ordered the closure of mosques and Islamic schools following a series of suicide bombing attacks in northern Cameroon that have left at least 60 people dead, the region's governor said Sunday.
- Michaela DePrince's journey from war to ballet stardom Updated: Jul-26-15 9:48 am
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida - The extraordinary arc of Michaela DePrince's life has taken her from African war orphan to international ballerina and cultural heroine. And on a recent weekday morning, in a small dance studio in a Miami Gardens strip mall, she is teaching determination and hope to 10 aspiring young dancers, along with how to hold their arms and point their feet.
- The Latest: Conte says facing Spain 'very stimulating' Updated: Jul-25-15 5:51 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - The latest on Saturday's 2018 World Cup qualifying draw (times are local):
- Relatives remember loved ones killed in Air Algerie crash Updated: Jul-24-15 12:49 pm
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Family members gathered in Ouagadougou to remember loved ones who died a year ago in a plane crash that killed 116 people.
- Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases Updated: Jul-24-15 11:07 am
LAGOS, Nigeria - Once stigmatized as the world's polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims.
- 35-40 migrants drown off Libya, Save the Children reports Updated: Jul-23-15 4:13 pm
ROME - Save the Children reports that another 35-40 African refugees have drowned while trying to reach Italy from Libya.
- Pew: Chinese stay optimistic in an otherwise gloomy world Updated: Jul-23-15 10:34 am
WASHINGTON - Maybe someone should tell the Chinese their economy is slowing. They don't seem to buy it.
- Activist group says Liberians pressured to sign away land Updated: Jul-23-15 10:26 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Liberians in the country's southeast are being threatened into signing away land for palm oil plantations, and in some cases those opposing expansion have been beaten and arrested, activist group Global Witness said Wednesday.
- South African aid group works to free hostages Updated: Jul-23-15 9:16 am
JOHANNESBURG - A video showing a South African and a Swedish hostage alive in Mali after three years, is a sign that their captors are willing to negotiate, the founder of a South African humanitarian organization said Thursday.
- Chad minister says justice served with ex-dictator trial Updated: Jul-22-15 4:53 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The trial for Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre, accused in the deaths of thousands, represents justice for Chad victims and a path toward reconciliation, the country's justice minister said Wednesday.
- Gambia head pardons prisoners; Rights group calls out abuses Updated: Jul-22-15 4:40 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's leader on Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the military takeover that catapulted him into power by pardoning all prisoners convicted for treasonable offenses. The declaration, however, comes amid a rising climate of fear, Amnesty International said.
- Police: Suicide bombers kill 20 in northern Cameroon Updated: Jul-22-15 12:31 pm
YAOUNDE, Cameroon - At least 20 bodies have been found in northern Cameroon's regional capital of Maroua after two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Wednesday in a busy marketplace and a popular neighborhood.