• Prosecutor: Burkina Faso coup leader formally charged

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A military prosecutor says the general who took power after last month’s coup now has been formally charged along with one other formal top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso’s government.

  • South Sudan starts unlikely quest to reach 2018 World Cup

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A month after celebrating its first win in a competitive game, South Sudan will make its debut in World Cup qualifying on Wednesday as Africa’s lowest-ranked countries begin their quests to reach soccer’s biggest tournament.

  • Plastic tables and chairs at the site of a bomb explosion in Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.  Multiple bombs detonated in two locations killing at least 15 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said Saturday, although no group has claimed responsibility the attack has attributes of others by Boko Haram, the home-grown Islamic extremist group. (AP Photo/Gbenga Olamikan)

    Official: 2 blasts rock Nigerian capital

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Several bombs in two locations of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, killed at least 15 people, the National Emergency Management Agency said Saturday.

  • In this Wednesday Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, center, greets people at the airport during the arrival of Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou for talks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso's army took over the barracks of the presidential guard that carried out a short-lived coup this month, barraging them with gunfire Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 after they refused to disarm, the government said. Gen. Gilbert Diendere, who led the coup earlier this month but handed power back last week, called on his followers to lay down arms. (AP Photo, File)

    Burkina Faso coup leader in Vatican Embassy

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The military general who led the short-lived coup in Burkina Faso has sought refuge at the Vatican Embassy, a day after the army opened fire on his supporters in the presidential guard to force them to disarm, a person who works closely with the clergy said Wednesday.