ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants' attack

55 minutes ago

Shell Nigeria is refusing to confirm a report by Niger Delta militants that they have bombed its Bonny oil pipeline in the south, crippling its exports.

Nigeria army: 8 soldiers killed in attacks by extremists

2016-09-26 17:00

Nigeria's military says eight soldiers have been killed and 17 wounded in two attacks by Islamic extremists in northeastern Nigeria.

Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

2016-09-25 19:00

Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city. But now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice.

Guinea-Bissau opens slave memorial with history, tourists in mind

2016-09-25 07:38

The museum's first display spares little: a naked slave kneels with her hands tied, right shoulder freshly branded with her owner's mark by a white man with sleeves rolled to his biceps.

Jihadist who razed Timbuktu tombs readies for judgment

2016-09-25 07:30

War crimes judges are set to deliver a historic judgment against a Malian jihadist who admitted attacking Timbuktu's fabled shrines, in a case which could send a strong message against cultural destruction.

Mali leader warns UN about 'terrorist' gains

2016-09-23 22:30

Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita has told the UN that "extremist and terrorist" groups are growing in his war-torn country where increased clashes are slowing peace efforts.

Nigeria hunts down 700 000 companies over tax evasion

2016-09-23 11:42

Nigeria says it has hunted down 700 000 firms that have never paid taxes in a bid to seek new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa’s biggest economy into its first recession in more than 20 years.

Nigerian leader asks UN to help free abducted Chibok Girls

2016-09-22 15:01

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has invited the UN to help negotiations to swap the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok for detained leaders of Boko Harm, a government statement says.

Starving to death: Boko Haram's food crisis in Nigeria

2016-09-22 07:32

Doctors crowded around Abdullahi. One squeezed a drip and another prepared a plastic syringe. The young boy didn't move. Only the shallow rise and fall of his chest indicated he was still alive. Read more...

AI: Nigerian police squad tortures to extract bribes

2016-09-21 20:00

A new Amnesty International report says an elite Nigerian police squad set up to combat violent crime is torturing detainees to extract lucrative bribes and confessions.

 

Boko Haram leader: Kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls will only be freed in a prisoner swap

2016-09-26 18:37

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says parents of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls will only see their daughters again if the government swaps them for detained Islamic extremist leaders.

The women who love Boko Haram

2016-09-26 13:41

A few dozen women sit on mats in the shadow of a neem tree. Their giggles rise with the hot dusty air as they sketch elaborate designs on their hands with henna. Read more...

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

2016-09-25 11:00

The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a video posted online, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded.

Nigeria governor relocates to town once held by Boko Haram

2016-09-25 07:38

The governor of Nigeria's northeast Borno state has temporarily relocated to a town that was occupied by Boko Haram extremists for six months, in an effort to promote rebuilding.

Nigeria administers polio vaccines at military checkpoints

2016-09-24 19:00

Health officials in eastern Nigeria say they have started to administer polio vaccines to children at military checkpoints in an attempt to stop the spread of the crippling disease.

Top Africa stories: Malawi, Mugabe, Nigeria

2016-09-23 21:04

Malawi authorities torch several initiation camps, Nigeria hunts down at least 700 000 firms that have never paid taxes and Zanu-PF plans 'thank you rally' for Mugabe.

Ghana: Call to remove Gandhi statue over 'racist views'

2016-09-22 15:53

A group of Ghanaian academics, students and artists is calling for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus, saying the leader of India's independence movement was racist towards black people.

Gabon faces 'torture' case in France over post-poll violence

2016-09-22 07:32

Lawyers have launched a suit in France claiming the government of Gabon committed "crimes against humanity" during days of violence following the central African country's disputed presidential election last month.

Post-Ebola, West Africans flock back to bushmeat, with risk

2016-09-22 06:00

As the deadly outbreak of Ebola has subsided, people in several west African countries are flocking to eat bushmeat again after restrictions were lifted on the consumption of wild animals like hedgehogs and cane rats.

UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process

2016-09-21 19:00

The UN has voiced concerns over Mali's shaky peace deal following deadly clashes between groups that have signed up to the agreement.

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