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NIAMEY, Niger — Suicide bombers in Niger detonated two car bombs simultaneously on Thursday, one inside a military camp in the city of Agadez and another in the remote town of Arlit at a French-operated uranium mine, killing 26 people and injuring...
Tags: Mali, Nuclear Weapons, Bombings, Military Equipment, Explosions
AMSTERDAM — A scrum of international TV reporters, photographers and other media packed the Gallery of Honor at the Rijksmuseum on a recent spring morning, while producers negotiated with publicists for time to shoot spots in front of Rembrandt's...
A new United Nations report estimates that roughly 3,000 great apes are taken from the wild every year as part of an illegal international trade that is growing increasingly sophisticated. The report, “Stolen Apes,” calls for greater law...
Tags: United Nations
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The film festival crowd had filled the last seats in the Cine Neerwaya and, when there was no room left, sat four abreast in the aisles. The opening credits hardly dimmed the buzz in the theater; for those who missed a...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The stakes are high for France: the lives of four French children, their parents, a relative and nine other French hostages being held by Al Qaeda-linked militants in Nigeria and Mali. But France, entrenched in a war in...
Tags: Vaccines, Africa, Radio, Barack Obama, Niger
SAO PAULO, Brazil — After a few hours, you sink into a pleasant trance. Time no longer matters. You stop checking your phone, if it hasn't already lost its charge. You're comfortable. Your mind settles into the little there is to do — think,...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- An extremist splinter group Monday claimed responsibility for the weekend kidnapping of seven foreigners in northern Nigeria. The group, Ansaru, broke away from the Islamist insurgent organization Boko Haram, which has been...
French troops backing a Mali government campaign to retake the northern half of the country from Islamic militants have been cheered as liberators since their convoys rolled into historic Timbuktu this week and hundreds of paratroopers dropped from the...
This post has been updated and corrected. Please see the notes below.As the Malian military tried to retake the storied city of Timbuktu from Islamic extremists, scholars feared for the fate of ancient artifacts and mosques that testify to its historic grandeur. Timbuktu has been threatened for months: The city was...
SEGOU, Mali — French and Malian forces on Saturday drove Al Qaeda-linked Islamists out of a key city in northern Mali, a major advance in France’s campaign against insurgents in the West African nation. The French military in Paris announced...
Tags: Mali, France, Al-Qaeda, Armed Forces, Rebellions
WASHINGTON -- After a weeklong delay while the Obama administration debated whether to assist French forces fighting in Mali, the Pentagon is planning to begin ferrying additional French troops and equipment to the West African nation in coming days...
Tags: Mali, U.S. Air Force, Al-Qaeda, The Pentagon, Armed Forces
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – French ground forces engaged in combat with Al Qaeda-linked rebels in central Mali on Wednesday, according to French news reports, as the newly deployed troops launched their first ground operation in a battle to oust...
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