Ghana shocked by politician's death

2015-05-22 21:15

One person has been arrested in Ghana after a leading member of the country's biggest opposition party was attacked with acid and later died.

At least 6 civilians killed in Mali fighting – sources

2015-05-22 10:14

At least six civilians, including one aid worker, have been killed in northern Mali amid clashes between separatist rebels and pro-government militia, rebels and a local source say.

Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

2015-05-21 09:13

Sierra Leone has berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.

Communal violence in central Nigeria kills six

2015-05-21 07:01

Gunmen have killed at least six people in twin attacks in Nigeria's restive central region, the latest bloodshed in a long-running conflict between nomadic herdsmen and farming communities.

Prosecution drops murder charges against Nigerian child-bride

2015-05-20 14:46

Nigerian prosecutors have withdrawn murder charges against a 15-year-old girl who was accused of using rat poison to kill the 35-year-old man she had married.

West African leaders to discuss presidential term limits

2015-05-19 18:20

West African leaders are due to discuss a proposal aimed at limiting presidential mandates to two terms at a regional summit, official say.

Kerry to lead US delegation at Nigeria presidential inauguration

2015-05-19 14:05

Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the US delegation to the inauguration of Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja next week, the White House says.

Burkina judge hears complaint of slain ex-leader's widow after 27 years

2015-05-19 07:43

Mariam Sankara, the widow of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara, has for the first time given testimony in an inquiry looking into the assassination of her husband more than 27 years ago.

Nigerian military claims fresh success against Boko Haram

2015-05-18 09:27

Nigeria’s military claims it has overrun 10 Boko Haram camps in the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold, a day after the Islamists struck at a crowded bus station in the northeast, killing seven.

1000s protest Togo presidential election results

2015-05-16 22:32

Thousands of opposition supporters marched through the Togolese capital to protest the results of presidential elections.


Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze

2015-05-22 18:04

Hundreds of Muslims have rioted, setting a Shari'ah court ablaze over an alleged insult to prophet Muhammad.

Ivory Coast opposition meets to pick candidate

2015-05-21 22:10

Ivory Coast's main opposition party has held a massive gathering to choose a candidate for presidential elections in October.

100s saved from Boko Haram now in military custody

2015-05-21 09:13

All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists.

Nigeria: 579 soldiers and officers on trial

2015-05-20 22:27

The Nigerian army says 579 officers and soldiers are facing a court-martial "to emphasise discipline" on charges believed to be related to the fight against Boko Haram.

Greenpeace: Dozens of Chinese boats fishing illegally in West Africa

2015-05-20 13:03

At least 74 Chinese vessels have fished illegally on prohibited fishing grounds off the coast of West Africa, according to a study.

Ebola cases rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone - WHO

2015-05-19 15:31

Ebola has spread further in Guinea and Sierra Leone, with 36 cases in the past week, four times as many cases as the week before, the WHO says.

France, Niger forces kill 3 fighters, detain 3 others

2015-05-19 07:43

The French defence ministry says troops from France and Niger have killed three armed combatants and detained three others who tried to force their way through a checkpoint near the Libyan border.

Chinese nationals charged for illegal firearms in Ghana

2015-05-19 07:21

Authorities say 10 Chinese citizens suspected of illegal gold mining in Ghana are facing firearms charges in court.

Nigerian military says destroys 10 Boko Haram camps

2015-05-17 22:46

Nigeria's armed forces reportedly have destroyed 10 Boko Haram camps in the remote Sambisa forest, the Islamist militant group's final hideout.

Suicide bomber kills 4 at Nigeria bus station

2015-05-16 15:37

Witnesses say a suicide bomber exploded himself and killed four hawkers at a bustling bus station in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Damaturu.

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