Militants strike major pipeline in Niger delta

2016-05-29 07:11

For the third time in a week, a militant group has attacked oil and gas infrastructure in Nigeria's increasingly violent oil-producing south, an official says.

President of crisis-hit Guinea-Bissau names new PM, triggering protests

2016-05-27 07:48

Two weeks after sacking his entire government, the president of Guinea-Bissau has named Baciro Dja as the west African country's new prime minister, in a move that triggered immediate protests from the ruling party.

Bird flu reappears in Cameroon

2016-05-26 22:01

Cameroon's government says that the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus has reappeared in Cameroon after an 8-year absence.

Trafficking: Ghana NGO rescues at least 41 children

2016-05-26 11:44

Challenging Heights, a non-governmental organisation based in Winneba, Ghana says it rescued at least 41 children from trafficking on Lake Volta in 2015, a report says.

Senegal-Gambia border reopens

2016-05-25 21:00

Senegal's border with the Gambia has reopened to commercial traffic after a three-month blockade caused by Senegalese truckers.

Burkina Faso capital hit by water cuts

2016-05-24 08:21

Across Burkina Faso's capital, even the wealthiest neighbourhoods typically spared from shortages are suffering without water amid an unprecedented heat wave.

Nigeria beefs up security after oil installation attacks

2016-05-21 12:38

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security to be stepped up in Nigeria's oil-producing south, after a spate of attacks blamed on local militants that he says threatened the economy.

Doubts about 'second' Chibok girl

2016-05-20 17:20

Campaigners have questioned a Nigerian military claim that a second Chibok schoolgirl has been rescued, but the army maintains she was one of the 219 abducted by Boko Haram.

Second abducted Chibok girl rescued, says Nigerian army

2016-05-20 06:04

A second Chibok schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been found during military operations in northeast Nigeria, the army says.

Mali drug squad uncovers new African smuggling route

2016-05-19 17:00

Mali's anti-drug squad says it has made its biggest drug seizure in two decades and has uncovered a previously unknown west African smuggling network stretching to Ghana.


Ivory Coast arrests driver over beach resort attack

2016-05-27 11:17

Ivory Coast police have arrested a driver who allegedly transported weapons used in a jihadist attack on the Grand-Bassam beach resort that killed 19 people in March, security sources say.

Equatorial Guinea president's free-spending son faces French graft trial

2016-05-27 06:45

French prosecutors have called for the son of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea's veteran ruler to be put on trial for embezzlement, corruption and stealing public funds.

Militants attack Chevron oil facility in Niger delta

2016-05-26 21:07

A militant group has attacked a Chevron installation in the Niger delta, a maritime expert says, the latest damage to Nigeria's oil infrastructure that is dragging output to 20-year lows.

UN ends sanctions on Liberia

2016-05-25 22:00

The last remaining United Nations sanctions on Liberia have been lifted in a decision the United States said was a tangible sign of how far the West African country had come.

Nigerian governor declares 'war' against herdsmen

2016-05-24 22:30

A Nigerian state governor has declared 'war' against nomadic herdsmen, after another deadly attack in an escalating conflict killed two people.

Would-be bomber escapes Boko Haram captors

2016-05-23 19:28

A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.

Boko Haram refugees in Niger feel 'abandoned' by the world

2016-05-21 10:31

"Take us away from this hell," says Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger's Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

Army 'moving into' Boko Haram stronghold

2016-05-20 07:10

A Nigerian state governor has voiced hopes for the swift return of 218 Chibok schoolgirls still being held by Boko Haram, after one of the students was found near the group's stronghold.

Fresh hope for Chibok girls - Buhari

2016-05-20 05:28

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is fresh hope for the recovery of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago, as he met the first student to be found.

Gunmen storm Burkina police station

2016-05-18 23:45

Two police were wounded, one of them seriously, when heavily-armed gunmen attacked a Burkina police station near the border with Mali.

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