Heavy gunfire heard on outskirts of Nigerian city

2015-07-03 22:11

Heavy gunfire has broken out on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the northeast of Nigeria and a military source said Islamist insurgents were battling with the security forces.

Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases

2015-07-03 21:25

Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week.

Twin blasts kill 10 in northeast Nigeria – police

2015-07-03 12:48

Two suicide bomb blasts along a highway in northeast Nigeria have killed at least 10 people, police say, the latest in a string of almost daily attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

France's Hollande says Benin a 'benchmark' in democracy

2015-07-02 22:12

French President Francois Hollande has hailed Benin as a "benchmark" in democracy, as he kicked off a whistlestop African tour that will also take him to Angola and Cameroon.

Attack on UN convoy in north Mali fatal

2015-07-02 21:01

The UN says an attack on its convoy in north Mali near Timbuktu resulted in the deaths of 6 peacekeepers and injuries to 5.

6 children drown in Nigeria as boat capsizes

2015-07-02 16:23

Six children have drowned after the boat taking them to school capsized in a waterway in Lago, Nigeria’s capital, an emergency management agency spokesperson says.

Burkina's leader mediates spat between presidential guard, PM

2015-07-02 09:33

Burkina Faso’s president is scrambling to solve the rumbling conflict between Prime Minister Isaac Zida and the presidential guard, which is pushing for the premier to be sacked.

Mali, Ivorian troops hunt jihadis

2015-07-01 22:57

Malian soldiers backed by Ivorian and United Nations troops searched for jihadists at the site of an attack near its southern border.

West African leaders urge power liberalisation

2015-07-01 21:05

Five West African leaders have urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities.

UN asks Nigeria to ease abortion restrictions for Boko Haram rape victims

2015-07-01 19:23

The United Nations rights chief has urged Nigeria to show compassion and make it easier for women and girls who became pregnant in Boko Haram captivity to access abortions.


170 die in wave of Boko Haram attacks

2015-07-03 21:25

Boko Haram is waging fresh attacks in northeastern Nigeria, locals say, with nearly 170 people killed in a wave of attacks that President Muhammadu Buhari has blasted as "inhuman and barbaric".

Boko Haram beheads 11 of its own members - witnesses

2015-07-03 15:27

Islamist group Boko Haram has beheaded 11 of its own fighters in north-eastern Nigeria, says an official representing witnesses to the killings.

Nigeria returns €10 000 to love scam victim

2015-07-02 22:26

Nigeria's anti-graft agency says it has returned €10 000 to a French man who thought he had met a beautiful Nigerian woman online willing to move to France... only to find out it was a scam.

Around 100 killed in 'Boko Haram' attack in Nigeria - witnesses

2015-07-02 22:12

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed close to 100 people in attacks on homes and mosques in a northeastern Nigerian village, witnesses say.

Liberia investigating animal link after Ebola re-emerges

2015-07-02 17:12

Liberia has confirmed a third Ebola case, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials say they are investigating whether the disease has managed to lurk in animals before resurfacing.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

2015-07-02 13:56

Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso have returned and have been taken into custody, a legal source says.

Chad forces arrest Boko Haram leader, hold 74 others

2015-07-02 08:17

Chad’s chief prosecutor says security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group, Boko Haram.

Ivory Coast reinforces border security

2015-07-01 22:00

Ivory Coast has reinforced security along its northern frontier after recent attacks just across the border in Mali blamed on Islamist insurgents.

Bombers attack Maiduguri while VP visits

2015-07-01 21:05

Two bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city.

Liberia registers 2nd confirmed Ebola case

2015-07-01 14:38

Liberia has confirmed a second case of Ebola, just a day after authorities announced they had detected the deadly virus seven weeks after the West African country was declared Ebola-free, a senior health official says.

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