Mati Diop on being the first black woman director in Cannes

World 05/17/19, 10:10

The 36-year-old French-Senegalese director Mati Diop is the first black woman filmmaker in competition in the 72 years of the Cannes Film Festival.Her film, "Atlantics," is about women left behind in Dakar when many of the local young men flee to Spain by boat. In an interview, Diop says she ...

Dakar Rally moves from South America to Saudi Arabia

Sports 04/15/19, 08:24

The Dakar Rally is swapping South America for Saudi Arabia.Dakar Rally organizers say next year's race will be held in "the deep and mysterious deserts of the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia."Created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977, the Dakar Rally was raced ...

Election officials: Senegal’s president wins 2nd term

World 02/28/19, 10:59

Senegalese President Macky Sall easily won a second term without the need for a runoff, election officials announced Thursday in the West African country.The four opposition candidates said they would not pursue a legal challenge, ending days of uncertainty in this democracy long known for its peaceful transfers of power. ...

Senegal president’s party say results show he won vote

World 02/25/19, 04:54

Senegal's prime minister has claimed that incumbent president Macky Sall has won re-election, though the opposition rejected his assertion and said the vote should go to a runoff.Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, who is from the ruling party, told reporters late Sunday that his unofficial results show that Sall ...

Senegal voters choose whether to give president another term

World 02/24/19, 03:05

Senegalese voters are choosing whether to give President Macky Sall a second term in office as he faces four challengers.Polls opened at 8 a.m. in the capital of Dakar, where Sall has dubbed himself the "builder of modern Senegal."The West African democracy has a long tradition of peaceful transfers of ...

Senegal’s president Macky Sall seeks 2nd term

World 02/22/19, 09:04

Senegal's President Macky Sall is counting on the success of his economic record to propel him to win a second term in Sunday's elections.Sall boasted he will win in the first round, without a runoff vote, though some critics say the two biggest threats to his re-election were barred from ...

Egypt chosen to replace Cameroon as African Cup host

Soccer 01/08/19, 06:43

The Confederation of African Football has chosen Egypt over South Africa to replace Cameroon as host of this year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.Cameroon was stripped of hosting duties late last year because of poor preparations and violent clashes between separatists and government forces in western parts of the ...

Salah, Mane, Aubameyang compete for African award

World 01/01/19, 10:30

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are the three finalists for the African player of the year award in a repeat of last year's shortlist.The winner will be announced on Jan. 8 in Dakar, Senegal.The Confederation of African Football announced the finalists on Tuesday ...

At new Museum of Black Civilizations, a call to come home

Entertainment 12/26/18, 04:28

The Museum of Black Civilizations in Senegal opened this month amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art. The West African nation's culture minister isn't shy: He wants the thousands of pieces of cherished heritage taken from the continent over the centuries to come home."It's entirely ...

Egypt, South Africa bid to be replacement African Cup host

Sports 12/16/18, 01:01

The Confederation of African Football has confirmed that Egypt and South Africa are the two bidders to replace Cameroon as host of next year's African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.CAF announced the bids late Saturday — the deadline to submit was end of Friday — and said that its executive ...

IOC picks Senegal as 1st African host for Youth Olympics

Africa 10/08/18, 12:03

The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.Senegal President Macky Sall was present Monday to see International Olympic Committee confirm the executive board's preference from last month.Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of ...

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