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Malian official: Politician Cisse, French aid worker freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists have freed prominent Malian politician Soumaila Cisse after holding him hostage for more than six months, as well as a French aid worker who was kidnapped in 201...

Ivory Coast opposition urges civil disobedience before vote

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition candidate Henri Konan Bedie called Sunday for civil disobedience to take place nationwide to protest President Alassane Ouattara's quest for a third term, which ...

Mali junta faces deadline for naming civilian leader

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — Mali's military rulers face a regional deadline for naming a civilian interim leader Tuesday, as the junta meet with West Africa leaders who maintain that new elections must be hel...

Belgium to return tooth to family of slain Congolese icon

BRUSSELS (AP) — The family of Congolese independence icon Patrice Lumumba will soon receive the only known remains of the assassinated leader, a tooth removed after his death by a Belgium man whose fa...

Leaders in Mali meet with junta for summit on transition

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to ...

Guinea opposition will contest Oct. 18 presidential vote

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's main opposition party announced Sunday that it will take part in next month's presidential election despite its concerns that President Alpha Conde's bid for a third te...

R&B singer Akon moves ahead with 'Akon City' in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — American R&B singer Akon is moving ahead with plans to create a futuristic pan-African city, announcing Monday that construction will begin next year on the $6 billion projec...

France: Mali junta's timeline 'out of the question'

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's defense minister is pressing Mali's military junta to return the country to civilian rule within months, saying Sunday that the three-year timeline proposed by the coup le...

Divisions emerge between Mali junta, opposition leaders

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Tensions mounted on Saturday between Mali's military junta and the country's longtime political opposition after the coup leaders failed to invite prominent opposition figures to a...

Mali's junta spokesman promises transition to civilian rule

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The military junta ruling Mali following this week's coup is seeking a transitional president to return the country civilian rule, the group's spokesman said. Is...

Mali army Col. Assimi Goita says he's in charge of junta

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A colonel in Mali's army says he's now in charge of the West African country, declaring himself chairman of the junta that forced the democratically elected but unpopular president...

Mali soldiers detain senior officers in apparent mutiny

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian soldiers took up arms in the garrison town of Kati on Tuesday and began arresting senior military officers in an apparent mutiny that comes after more than two months of pol...

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Small groups of pilgrims performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a globa...

Livestock prices stress Muslims in Africa ahead of Eid

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Even in the best of times, many Muslims in West Africa scramble to afford a sheep to slaughter on Eid al-Adha, a display of faith that often costs as much as a month's income. ...

Mali opposition dismiss latest gesture by W. African leaders

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders from West Africa's regional bloc met by video conference Monday to focus on Mali's political crisis, but political opposition leaders immediately dismissed the efforts afte...