ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

ICC to try Laurent Gbagbo

2014-12-06 21:13

The International Criminal Court will try Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity.

Air France to avoid Mali crash site as "precaution"

2014-07-25 14:20

Air France-KLM is to avoid flying over the site in northern Mali of the crashed Air Algerie airlines as a "precautionary measure", a spokesperson for the French group says.

Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

2014-07-25 12:07

French President Francois Hollande has announced that one of the aircraft’s two black boxes has been found in the wreckage of an Air Algerie plane that crashed over the West African state of Mali.

Officials doubt Air Algerie plane was attacked

2014-07-25 09:03

Investigators have concluded that the Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board broke apart when it hit the ground, French officials say, suggesting it was unlikely to have been attacked.

France sends troops to secure Air Algerie crash site

2014-07-25 05:52

France says it had sent a military unit to secure the site of the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crew members which was found in Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso.

Blast rocks bus station in Kano

2014-07-24 18:09

A blast has ripped through a bus station in Kano, northern Nigeria, as passengers boarded buses out of the city.

Air Algerie loses contact with plane

2014-07-24 11:29

Air Algerie says it has lost contact with one of its aircrafts bound for Algiers from Burkina Faso, nearly an hour after takeoff.

Suicide bomber in Kaduna kills 25

2014-07-23 16:27

A suicide bomb in the north Nigeria city of Kaduna has killed at least 25 people, in what appeared to be an assassination attempt.

Benin detains 10 in child trafficking probe

2014-07-23 11:20

Benin has detained 10 people on suspicions of child-trafficking just weeks after a group in neighbouring Niger was held for links to a “baby factory” ring, police sources say.

Boko Haram rule roost in Nigerian town

2014-07-23 05:58

A raid on an army base in northeast Nigeria and massacres of civilians in nearby villages at the weekend have left Boko Haram free to move unopposed.

Jonathan meets relatives of kidnapped girls

2014-07-22 14:56

Relatives of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 100 days ago have met with President Goodluck Jonathan for the first time since the girls were seized.

School offers hope to Nigerian children

2014-07-22 10:49

Children in Nigeria's north face immense challenges in accessing education, and for the fatherless, the obstacles are even tougher.

Boko Haram raid displaces 15 000

2014-07-22 05:52

A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa has displaced more than 15 000 people.

Nigerian media fears crackdown over Boko Haram

2014-07-21 11:43

After 15 years of democracy, Nigerian journalists believe the state is trying to tame the country’s vibrant, prolific media, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram.

Boko Haram kill +40, burn down houses

2014-07-21 07:40

Suspected Islamists have raided the remote northeast Nigerian town of Damboa, shooting dead more than 40 residents and burning down houses.

Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

2014-07-19 18:49

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, officials say.

French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

Jihadists claim French soldier blast

2014-07-17 18:15

A jihadist movement led by al-Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed a French soldier in Mali.

Nigeria seeks to borrow $1bn for military

2014-07-17 08:44

Nigeria's president says he wants to borrow $1bn from abroad for equipment and training for the military fighting an Islamic insurgency.

German teacher abducted in Nigeria

2014-07-16 18:05

A German citizen has been abducted by unknown gunmen on motorcycles in northern Nigeria, a report says.

Mali govt 'ready to go far' in peace talks

2014-07-16 14:02

The Bamako government is ready to make concessions within its "red lines" to clinch an accord with armed groups from northern Mali, Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop says.

Kidnappings: Jonathan blasts activists

2014-07-16 07:40

Nigeria's leader Goodluck Jonathan has accused activists of playing politics, saying they cancelled a meeting between him and family members of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Mali govt, rebels swap prisoners before peace talks

2014-07-15 21:51

Tuareg rebels and the Malian government have exchanged dozens of prisoners in a goodwill gesture on the eve of peace talks opening in Algiers.

 

Ebola victim in Sierra Leone on the run

2014-07-26 07:06

Sierra Leone officials have appealed for help to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital.

West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660

2014-07-25 17:48

The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1 000, the World Health Organisation says.

Mali govt, rebels agree on 'roadmap' for talks

2014-07-25 12:07

Mali’s government and Tuareg-led rebels have signed an agreement for a roadmap toward securing a broader peace deal to end decades of uprisings in the north.

'Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash'

2014-07-25 10:16

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials say.

Family of 4 among victims of Air Algerie plane crash

2014-07-25 07:44

Canadian media says a Canadian family of four was among the victims of an Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali.

Mali, northern rebels sign talks deal

2014-07-25 05:00

Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels have signed an agreement for a roadmap toward securing a broader peace deal.

AS IT HAPPENED: Flight AH5017 crashes

2014-07-24 13:34
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Get the latest details as Air Algerie says it has lost contact with one of its aircrafts bound for Algiers from Burkina Faso, nearly an hour after takeoff.

West African states pledge anti-Boko Haram force

2014-07-24 05:58

Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have pledged to mobilise a joint force to tackle the growing regional threat posed by Boko Haram Islamist militants operating mainly in Nigeria.

Second bomb in Nigeria's Kaduna kills 50

2014-07-23 16:59

A second bomb blast in Kaduna killed 50 in the north Nigerian city's crowded Kawo market.

S Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

2014-07-23 13:51

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government says.

Jonathan: We'll bring all kidnapped girls alive

2014-07-23 10:18

Nigeria's president has reportedly vowed to bring back the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, saying his government is doing everything possible to secure their release.

Parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 20:16

Some parents of Nigeria's kidnapped girls have died from attacks and stress as their home town is besieged.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

2014-07-22 11:48

At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have died from stress and attacks, as their hometown, Chibok, continues to be under siege from Boko Haram militants, residents say.

Cameroon villagers live in terror of Boko Haram

2014-07-22 09:07

Cameroonians in villages that line the border with Nigeria are living in fear of Boko Haram Islamists, particularly when night falls.

S Leone govt 'has failed in handling Ebola'

2014-07-21 14:27

Religious leaders in Sierra Leone have criticised the government’s handling of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 194 people in the West African country.

Cholera kills 6 in northern Nigeria

2014-07-21 09:01

A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria’s Kano state has killed six people and infected scores, the state health commissioner says, although a local charity put the toll higher.

France announces new operation in Africa

2014-07-19 22:00

France has announced the redeployment of 3 000 troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

Boko Haram kill many, set homes ablaze

2014-07-18 19:49

Survivors say Boko Haram gunmen have invaded a north-eastern Nigerian town just 85km from Maiduguri city, killing many villagers and setting homes ablaze.

Teachers targeted in Nigeria's north-east

2014-07-18 08:43

One hundred and seventy-six teachers have been killed and 900 schools destroyed in Nigeria's Borno state since Boko Haram militants intensified their violent attacks in 2011.

Terrorism: France to redeploy its troops in Africa

2014-07-17 12:29

The redeployment of 3 000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days.

Four dead in Burkina Faso explosion

2014-07-16 20:45

Four people were killed and dozens wounded when an illegal explosives cache blew up accidentally in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Mali peace talks start after prisoner swap

2014-07-16 17:01

Mali's government and rebels are holding peace talks in Algiers intended to end decades of uprisings by northern Tuareg tribes after an exchange of prisoners helped to get the negotiations started.

Ghana leader names new defence minister

2014-07-16 13:12

Ghana’s president has appointed a new defence minister in a cabinet reshuffle which also saw the dismissal of the interior and agriculture ministers.

Nigeria state impeaches governor

2014-07-16 05:00

The governor of Nigeria's northeast Adamawa state, one of three areas under a state of emergency since last year amid Boko Haram violence, has been impeached.

Legionnaire killed in Mali suicide bombing

2014-07-15 20:14

A French soldier has been killed in the first suicide bombing targeting France's forces in northern Mali.

 
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