Nigeria, Cameroon mistrust stalls fight

2015-01-21 05:00

Mistrust between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon as well as disagreements over how to deploy troops against Boko Haram have stalled efforts to set up a regional force.

Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen

2015-01-16 14:51

All schools in Guinea are set to open after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea’s health minister says.

Burkina deadline dropped

2014-11-11 22:37

The African Union is still urging a transfer of power from the army to a transitional government in Burkina Faso, but is no longer threatening the country with sanctions if the handover is not done within two weeks.

Ecowas pleads for new Ebola plan

2014-11-08 10:01

West Africa's regional bloc has called for international help to go beyond immediate medical care for Ebola-hit nations.

Burkina Faso leader angry at regional mediators

2014-11-07 08:15

Burkina Faso's military leader has lashed out at regional mediators, saying he wasn't concerned about a two-week deadline imposed by the AU for him to hand over power or face crippling sanctions.

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

2014-11-05 14:43

Three west African leaders have arrived in Burkina Faso to pressure the country’s army into keeping its promise of a speedy handover of power to civilian government after the fall of president Blaise Compaore.

Widow of Nigerian Ebola victim also has virus

2014-08-31 14:40

The widow of a doctor who died from Ebola in Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt has also tested positive for the virus, the state government has said.

Ebola crisis talks start in Ghana

2014-08-28 14:19

Health ministers of the West African regional bloc Ecowas have gathered in Ghana for crisis talks aimed at strengthening each country’s response to the Ebola epidemic.

Nigeria records 2 new cases of Ebola

2014-08-22 17:42

Nigeria says two more people have tested positive for Ebola, taking the total number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the country to 14, including five deaths.

WHO approves experimental Ebola drugs

2014-08-13 08:50

The World Health Organisation has authorised the use of experimental drugs to fight Ebola as the death toll topped 1 000 and a Spanish priest became the first European to succumb to the outbreak.

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone, Liberia

2014-07-11 12:10

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 cases and 21 deaths between 6-8 July, WHO says.

Mali at war with terrorists, says PM

2014-05-19 11:19

Mali’s PM has warned the country is "at war" with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal, after clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead.

Senegal closes border over Guinea Ebola

2014-03-30 09:29

Guinea is racing to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, while neighbouring Senegal has closed its border.

Call for more troops to secure peace in Mali

2013-10-26 10:05

Leaders of the 15-nation west African bloc Ecowas have met in Senegal to call for "urgent steps" from the international community to secure peace in Mali and discuss the creation of a single currency.

Senegal gives medics the boot

2013-10-23 18:15

The Senegalese government has thrown out a big medical conference in favour of a regional summit.

Mali polls will go ahead

2013-07-18 21:57

West African leaders have insisted Mali's presidential election would be held on 28 July as scheduled despite doubts over whether the crisis-hit nation was ready.

Navy needed for Gulf of Guinea piracy

2013-06-24 21:28

West and Central African leaders have called for the deployment of an international naval force in the Gulf of Guinea as they met in Cameroon to discuss maritime security in the pirate-infested waters.

SA must make the best of Obama's visit

2013-05-21 11:46

SA should use the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama to cement its good relations with the US, writes Simon Williamson.

Ecowas agrees to send 8 000 troops to Mali

2013-03-01 08:56

West African bloc Ecowas has agreed to double the number of troops it would send to Mali to 8 000, as a two-day regional summit ended in Ivory Coast.

West African Mali forces to cost €715m

2013-02-25 20:30

West African nations will need aid worth €715m to sustain and reinforce a military mission to help fight Islamists in Mali.

UN: Mali must start election work now

2013-01-30 09:28

The UN special envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, is urging Mali's government to start election preparations immediately, a report says.

Mali crisis: UK mulls more troops

2013-01-29 07:47

Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, reports say.

AU seeks additional troops for Mali mission

2013-01-26 08:12

The AU is seeking to bolster the strength of the African-led force in Mali and has given member states one week to commit troops to the mission, officials say.

French destroy Islamist bases in Mali

2013-01-24 20:38

French aircraft have destroyed two Islamist bases in northern Mali as a leading al-Qaeda-linked group in the region split saying it wanted talks to end a Paris-led offensive.

French, Malian troops enter Diabaly

2013-01-21 15:20

French and Malian troops have entered the central frontline town of Diabaly as they push north in their bid to flush out fanatical al-Qaeda-linked rebels who have threatened reprisal attacks.


West African leaders consider new force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-17 10:33

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week to discuss the issue.

AU, Ecowas welcome new Burkina Faso leader

2014-11-17 22:29

The African Union and the West African regional bloc have welcomed the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as Burkina Faso's interim president.

Burkina army declines to join transition talks

2014-11-08 21:07

Burkina Faso’s army has declined to join talks with the opposition and civilian groups on a transition government.

Togo's president to lead Ebola response

2014-11-07 10:21

West African leaders have appointed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to supervise the region’s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5 000 people.

Burkina talks agree 1-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

2014-11-06 07:35

Burkina Faso’s army, politicians and civil society leaders have agreed to a one-year political transition with elections in November 2015 following highly charged crisis talks.

Mali talks: Separatists vow to speak with single voice

2014-09-15 13:39

Malian separatist militia have agreed to speak with a “single voice” in talks with Bamako on ending conflicts that still rage a year after Mali returned to democracy.

West African states call for open borders

2014-08-28 22:37

West African states should re-open their borders and end flight bans put in place to halt the spread of Ebola, the Economic Community of West African States says.

Nigeria Ebola patient hid from government

2014-08-28 12:47

A man who contracted Ebola in Nigeria after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died, Nigerian health authorities say.

Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria

2014-08-13 10:16

A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas says.

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

2014-07-29 07:00

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping the deadly disease's spread.

Mali to meet northern Tuareg rebels

2014-07-09 09:19

Mali government officials are set to meet northern Tuareg separatist rebels in Algiers, Frecnh Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says, indicating progress in their stalled peace talks.

Anti-graft judges to rule on Wade's son

2014-04-16 19:15

Judges in Senegal are deliberating on the fate of former president Abdoulaye Wade’s son Karim, detained for a year on corruption charges after accumulating a fortune worth more than $1bn.

W African states in last-minute talks

2014-03-28 10:36

West African nations have held last-minute talks to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the EU that would open up the region’s economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials say.

Ecowas urges members to send troops to Mali

2013-10-23 22:04

The president of Ecowas has urged member states and other countries to send troops to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali following a surge in Islamist attacks.

Nigeria to start Mali troop withdrawal

2013-07-31 07:55

Nigeria will begin withdrawal of some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency, officials say.

Nigeria to withdraw some troops from Mali

2013-07-18 21:19

Nigeria plans to withdraw some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency.

Mali Tuaregs, Bamako on brink of poll deal

2013-06-12 07:53

Mali's rebel Tuaregs say they are ready to sign a deal that would pave the way for Bamako to hold nationwide polls next month.

Pan-Muslim body urges aid for Mali

2013-05-13 19:03

The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation is urging its member states to make generous contributions at a donors' conference on Mali to be held this week in Brussels.

Chad calls for rapid troop deployment

2013-02-27 21:08

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has urged the Malian army and West African force to speed up the deployment of troops to northern Mali.

Mali urges world to stand by it

2013-02-05 14:28

Mali has urged the international community to stand by its side to drive out Islamist extremists from its territory as the UN, African Union and other global players meet in Brussels.

French, Malian troops patrol Timbuktu

2013-01-29 11:42

French and Malian forces are patrolling Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu, after a hero’s welcome following their lightning advance north.

Ecowas beefing up troop presence in Mali

2013-01-26 22:09

West African regional bloc Ecowas says will boost its troop deployment to Mali to nearly 6 000 to fight Islamists, Ivory Coast's defence chief General Soumaila Bakayoko says.

W African defence chiefs to meet on Mali

2013-01-25 13:58

West African defence chiefs will meet in an emergency session in Abidjan to discuss military operations in Mali aimed at flushing out Islamists, regional bloc Ecowas says.

1st African forces move to central Mali

2013-01-24 07:43

The first contingent of an African force being deployed in Mali has begun moving towards the centre of the country, where French troops are seeking to help Mali's army push back Islamist fighters.

AU praises France's 'remarkable' Mali action

2013-01-17 09:41

African Union President Thomas Boni Yayi has praised the "remarkable work" of the French military in Mali, saying its troops are "practically saving" Africa.

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