ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Nigerian govt admits budget imperfections, welcomes criticism

42 minutes ago

The Nigerian presidency has admitted to imperfections in its 2016 national budget proposal, saying that "well-meaning criticism" is welcomed from the public, a report says.

ICC to probe Gbagbo case mistake

2016-02-06 21:49

The International Criminal Court says it will probe how the names of at least four confidential witnesses in the trial of Laurent Gbagbo were accidentally revealed.

Journalist shot dead in Conakry

2016-02-06 17:15

Guinea's government says a journalist was shot and killed during clashes outside a meeting of the main opposition party.

Salary fraud: Nigeria to probe over 23 000 civil servants

2016-02-05 12:07

The Nigerian government plans to investigate over 23 000 civil servants accused of involvement in an organised salary scam, Punch has reported.

Five foreigners held ransom by Nigerian militants

2016-02-04 17:45

Niger Delta militants are holding five foreigners ransom after hijacking a chemical tanker off the coast of Nigeria.

Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

2016-02-03 22:37

The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a "major setback" to the Islamic extremists.

Nigeria 'won't rest' until Chibok girls are home

2016-02-03 18:47

The Nigerian government "will not rest" until more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in 2014 have been freed, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said during a visit to France.

Nine people suspected dead of Lassa fever in Benin

2016-02-03 05:12

As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead.

Nigerian separatists hijack ship

2016-02-02 19:04

Military officers say Nigerian separatists have hijacked a merchant ship and threaten to blow it up with its foreign crew if their leader is not released.

Bomb attacks on pipelines cause massive oil spill in Nigeria

2016-02-02 07:34

Residents say multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have thousands of barrels of oil polluting waterways, agricultural fields and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state

 

Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

2016-02-07 12:38

Militants have freed an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso, a spokesperson for the president of neighbouring Niger has said.

Malian Tuaregs returning home face violence

2016-02-06 19:23

Malian Tuaregs returning home after taking refuge in neighbouring countries are facing violence and stigma in Timbuktu.

101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

2016-02-06 12:32

A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus.

Niger blames backers of jailed presidential hopeful for violence

2016-02-04 21:30

Niger's interior minister has accused supporters of jailed presidential candidate Hama Amadou of acts of violence against backers of the incumbent president seeking re-election.

Sierra Leone frees 55 from Ebola quarantine

2016-02-04 07:16

Only four people remained in quarantine in Sierra Leone on Wednesday after 55 others were declared free of the Ebola virus and released from hospital, officials and medical sources said.

Nigeria president warns of Libya 'time bomb'

2016-02-03 20:35

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the international community to help end the turmoil in Libya, warning that it was creating a "strategic time bomb" for Africa and Europe.

Buhari govt to spend millions on State House clinic

2016-02-03 12:07

Fresh revelations from Nigeria's 2016 budget have shown that Pesident Muhammadu Buhari's government is set to spend more on the State House clinic than all 16 of the country's public health facilities combined.

Thousands turn out in Niger to back jailed presidential hopeful

2016-02-02 22:47

Around 10 000 people shouting 'Hama for president!' packed a Niger rally in support of jailed opposition figure Hama Amadou.

Obasanjo attacks Nigerian governors, says they live like emperors

2016-02-02 13:04

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has lambasted governors in his country, saying they "live like emperors", using public funds for personal gain.

Talk of Gbagbo trial banned in EGuinea

2016-02-01 19:31

TV reports on the crimes against humanity trial of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo in The Hague have been banned on Equatorial Guinea's state broadcaster.

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