Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant

2017-04-28 11:57

A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of ruthless dictator, with brutal atrocities the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror.

Final verdict for Chad's Habre on war crimes appeal

2017-04-27 11:12

Chad's former president Hissene Habre will learn on Thursday if his lawyers' appeal against sentences for war crimes, crimes against humanity and rape have been successful, following his landmark conviction by a special court last year.

20 dead after boat capsizes in Senegal

2017-04-25 17:00

Firefighters say at least 20 people, the vast majority of them women, have been killed after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of central Senegal.

Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

2017-04-23 11:17

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials have said.

Stampede after blaze rips though makeshift shelters at Senegal religious retreat, 22 dead

2017-04-13 14:56

A fire has ripped through makeshift shelters at a Muslim religious retreat in Senegal, killing at least 22 people and triggering a stampede, firefighters say.

Senegal arrests suspected Boko Haram recruiter, extremists

2017-04-13 12:29

Senegalese police say authorities have arrested a suspected recruiter for the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Islamic extremist group.

Thousands protest in Senegal against President Sall

2017-04-08 07:25

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Senegalese capital Dakar to protest against President Macky Sall and call for the release of political opponents.

Head of powerful Muslim order in Senegal dies

2017-03-16 20:26

The head of one of Senegal's influential Muslim orders has died after a life spent promoting an open interpretation of Islam in a region battling jihadist influence, local media has reported.

Mayor of Senegal capital charged with fraud: lawyer

2017-03-08 08:38

The embattled mayor of Senegal's capital Dakar has been charged with embezzlement of public funds and placed in custody, one of his lawyers says.

Senegalese film scoops top award at Africa film fest

2017-03-06 16:02

"Felicite," a tale about a nightclub singer who has to scrape together funds to pay for her son's treatment after a road accident, scooped the top prize at Africa's top cinema festival.


Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre

2017-04-28 09:54

An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges

From exile to appeal: Key dates since Habre fled Chad

2017-04-26 07:30

Key dates in Chad since the overthrow of former dictator Hissene Habre to his appeal against a life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have occurred between 1982 and 1990:

17 women dead as fishing boat capsizes in central Senegal

2017-04-25 13:00

A Senegalese radio station says 17 women have drowned and at least 40 others are injured after their boat capsized near a village in central Senegal.

Senegal declares 3 days of mourning as fire death toll rises

2017-04-14 22:34

Senegal has announced three days of mourning for the victims of a massive fire at a Muslim religious retreat, as the death toll from the catastrophe rose to 25.

20 killed in fire at Muslim spiritual retreat in Senegal

2017-04-13 13:47

Senegal says at least 20 people have been killed in a fire while attending a Muslim spiritual retreat in the eastern part of the country.

How we learned that sea cows are more African than lions

2017-04-13 12:29

Sea cows (Sirenia) descended from four legged mammals that roamed Africa when this continent was isolated. They belong to the Afrotheria, the 'African beasts', writes Julien Benoit.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

2017-03-22 19:02

An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.

Chad's Faki assumes African Union leadership, pledges reform

2017-03-14 22:02

Chad's former foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has assumed office as head of the African Union Commission, pledging to reform the institution and tackle the continent's many crises.

Africa whistleblowers' initiative launches in Senegal

2017-03-07 22:04

Lawyers and human rights campaigners have launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent.

Senegal, Gambia announce new era of ties

2017-03-05 11:00

Senegal and The Gambia have affirmed a "new dynamic" between the two countries since the fall of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, and vowed to strengthen economic and military co-operation.

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