Africa

Amnesty says photographer, driver die in Burkina Faso attack

January
19
,
2016
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Amnesty International says a French-Moroccan photographer who was wounded in the attack by extremists on a hotel in Burkina Faso has died of a heart attack. The human rights group says Leila Alaoui was being...

Libya's rivals declare unity Cabinet under UN plan

January
19
,
2016
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BENGHAZI, Libya — Representatives of Libya's rival factions who are sitting in Tunis and negotiating through a U.N.-brokered process announced on Tuesday that they have formed a unity government aimed at stemming the chaos that has...

Burkina Faso begins 3 days of mourning after al-Qaida attack

January
17
,
2016
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso began three days of national mourning Sunday and the president said security would be stepped up in the capital and the country's borders after al-Qaida militants in a vehicle from neighbouring...

Survivors recall narrow escape from Burkina Faso attack

January
17
,
2016
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — As al-Qaida fighters attacked the cafe where he worked, Clement Djiguende was saved by chance: A jihadist who had been firing at patrons simply ran out of bullets. The gun stuck for a moment. Then the militant,...

Burkina Faso hotel attacked by al-Qaida catches fire

January
15
,
2016
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Witnesses say the upscale hotel in Burkina Faso's capital that has been attacked by al-Qaida militants has now caught fire. The blaze began after commandos trying to free an unknown number of hostages used...

New Ebola case emerges in Sierra Leone

January
15
,
2016
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A corpse has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone, officials said Friday, the day after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over in West Africa. Tests on a 22-year-old woman who died earlier...

Somali extremists: Dozens of Kenyan peacekeepers killed

January
15
,
2016
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic extremist rebels in Somalia attacked a base for African Union troops in southwestern Somalia on Friday, military officials and insurgents said. Al-Shabab said dozens of Kenyan soldiers were killed, but the...

World Health Organization declares Liberia free of Ebola

January
14
,
2016
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GENEVA — The World Health Organization has formally announced the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, joining Sierra Leone and Guinea — the epicenters of the latest outbreak — as Ebola-free. WHO director Rick Brennan, director...

The governor of the Far North region of Cameroon says 2 female suicide bombers have attacked a mosque, leaving at least 10 dead

January
13
,
2016
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YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Two female suicide bombers attacked a mosque in a town near Cameroon's border with Nigeria during morning prayers Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding about a dozen others, the governor of the region said....

A professional hunter in Zimbabwe has cancelled a plan to raffle a lion hunt at a hunters' convention in the United States follo

January
11
,
2016
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JOHANNESBURG — A professional hunter in Zimbabwe has cancelled a plan to raffle a lion hunt at a hunters' convention in the United States, following protests from activists. Martin Nel said he is scrapping the raffle in which he hoped...