ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Blast hits polling station in east Nigeria

40 minutes ago

An explosion has struck a polling station at a primary school in the eastern Nigerian city of Awka but claimed no casualties, police say..

Liberia's sole remaining known Ebola patient dies

2015-03-28 09:49

Liberian woman who was the country's sole remaining known Ebola patient has died at a treatment centre in the capital, says Francis Ketteh, acting head of the country's Ebola response team.

Chad accuses Nigeria of failing to help fight Boko Haram

2015-03-27 20:50

Chad has accused Nigeria of downplaying the threat from Boko Haram and failing to co-operate with the regional coalition battling the jihadists, saying there had been zero contact between their armies.

UN rights council eyes special session on Boko Haram

2015-03-27 17:13

The UN Human Rights Council has received a request to host a special session next week on abuses by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the council president says.

Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram HQ

2015-03-27 14:09

Nigeria’s military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria.

Troops pursue Boko Haram in Nigerian border area

2015-03-27 10:02

Troops from Chad and Niger have pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigerian border area, driving them out of a village they held there and causing some to flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers say.

Nigeria wraps up presidential election campaign

2015-03-27 05:00

Campaigning has wound to a close in Nigeria's presidential elections with the two leading candidates delivering their final messages to supporters.

5 possible scenarios for Nigeria election

2015-03-26 18:18

The outcome of Nigeria’s presidential election is uncertain, in contrast to previous years when the incumbent leader was seen as unbeatable.

Nigeria's presidential candidates sign 2nd peace accord

2015-03-26 14:34

Nigeria’s main presidential candidates have signed a second peace accord ahead of general elections, the government says, promising to hold peaceful polls and not incite religious or ethnic tensions.

Guinea govt urges dialogue after opposition protest call

2015-03-26 12:18

The government of Ebola-hit Guinea has urged a dialogue after the country’s three main opposition leaders called for renewed protests against President Alpha Conde over upcoming elections.

 

Polling stations open in Nigerian presidential election

2015-03-28 10:23

Polling stations have opened in Nigeria, the electoral commission says, as voters went to the polls to elect a new president in what is being seen as the closest campaign in the country's history.

Boko Haram ordered women killed

2015-03-27 22:29

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has directly ordered women to be killed in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza a conscript claims.

Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown leaves capital 'eerily quiet'

2015-03-27 19:44

The capital of Sierra Leone is "eerily quiet" as hundreds of health volunteers spread out across the city and the surrounding area to search for hidden Ebola patients and raise awareness during a three-day lockdown.

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence

2015-03-27 15:40

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan is urging his nation to vote peacefully and accept results of Saturday’s presidential election, which analysts say will be the tightest in the nation’s history.

Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone starts countrywide lockdown

2015-03-27 12:29

Sierra Leone has begun a three-day, countrywide lockdown after the West African nation reported new Ebola cases last week.

Ebola virus has mutated less than feared - study

2015-03-27 06:19

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study has shown.

Togo school pupils, police clash

2015-03-26 21:01

Clashes between restive school pupils and police in southern Togo have left 43 people injured.

Group: Boko Haram killed 1 000 civilians this year

2015-03-26 16:13

A leading human rights group says Nigeria-based Boko Haram has killed more than 1 000 civilians this year and forced hundreds of abducted girls and women to convert to Islam and marry fighters.

Nigeria's military detains 2 Al Jazeera reporters

2015-03-26 13:30

Nigeria’s military has detained two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri, the news outlet says.

New Ebola infections continue to drop, Guinea still a concern

2015-03-26 07:42

The three nations hardest hit by West Africa’s Ebola epidemic recorded the lowest weekly total of new cases so far this year in the week leading to 22 March, the WHO says.

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