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Western Africa

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  • John Atta Mills dies at 68; president of Ghana

    John Atta Mills dies at 68; president of Ghana
    JOHANNESBURG — Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, who vowed that the nation's oil reserves would be used for the good of the people, died Tuesday shortly after becoming ill, officials said. Mills, who turned 68 on Saturday, had planned to run...
  • Leo Dillon dies at 79; award-winning book illustrator

    Leo Dillon dies at 79; award-winning book illustrator
    Leo Dillon, an illustrator who collaborated with his wife, Diane, on dozens of books for children and adults and became the first black to receive the Caldecott Medal for children's books, has died. He was 79. A longtime Brooklyn resident, Dillon died...
  • U.N.: Over 435,000 displaced, children forced to fight in Mali

     
    Mali crisis: As Mali remains wracked by infighting and has failed to reverse a takeover of the north, the number of people pushed out of their homes has soared and more children are being recruited as fighters, United Nations agencies warn....
  • Strategy to improve 'alarming situation' in Mali expected at U.N.

     
    The question of how to help Mali cope with rebels, the aftermath of a military coup and religious extremists, is slated to be taken up Wednesday at the sidelines of the United Nations, at a closely watched meeting on security in the troubled Sahel....
  • Mali extremists vow to attack French over calls to oust militants

     
    Religious extremists who hold the northern stretches of Mali in their grip promised revenge attacks against the French after the European country pushed for military action to eject them. “They are the kind of people with whom nothing works except...
  • U.N. Security Council asks Mali to draw up plans to retake north

     
    The United Nations Security Council took a key step Friday toward approving military action in Mali, where religious extremists have capitalized on a Tuareg rebellion and political turmoil to seize much of the north. The resolution does not give the green...
  • U.S., allies marshaling African proxies for fight against terrorism

     
    Global Focus: “A quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing.” That was how British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain saw the Nazi threat against the Czech Sudetenland in 1938, a sentiment freshly evoked among war-...
  • Dozens trapped in Ghana shopping center collapse

     
    Dozens of people were trapped and at least three people died when a multi-story shopping mall in the capital of Ghana collapsed shortly before opening Wednesday, according to Ghanaian authorities....
  • Red Cross 'can't cope' as Syria crisis worsens, chief says

     
    The Red Cross lamented Thursday that the deepening crisis in Syria has barred it from helping many of those in need, even as it steps up its efforts. “We can’t cope with the worsening of the situation,” International Committee of the Red...
  • Millions in Sahel are short on food; aid agencies scrape for cash

     
    Aid agencies put out an S.O.S. on Monday, saying they have fallen far short on funding to feed people in the Sahel area of West Africa, a shortfall that could lead to millions of people starving....
  • Liberia's Charles Taylor guilty of aiding, abetting war crimes

     
    Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity. Taylor faces a possible life sentence for his role in arming ruthless rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for "blood...