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West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

2017-09-20 18:33

Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally.

Nigeria warned land wars threaten national security

2017-09-20 13:47

Nigeria has been warned that clashes between herders and farmers threaten the country's national security, after such conflict claimed more lives last year than the Boko Haram insurgency.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe son, Kenya, Nigeria

2017-09-20 08:27

Grace Mugabe's son, Russel Goreraza, has reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines worth more than R70m, and a French firm says Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready for October 17 polls.

Togo's opposition boycotts constitutional reform vote

2017-09-19 21:01

Togo's opposition has stayed away from parliament, blocking the passage of the government's bill for political reform and forcing a referendum.

Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 15 in north Nigeria

2017-09-19 10:22

A Nigerian rescue official says at least 15 people have been killed and 43 others injured in a suicide attack on Mashimari village in Borno state.

Togo ruling party calls rally to drown out opposition

2017-09-18 21:02

Togo's ruling presidential party has urged supporters to take to the streets to coincide with planned opposition demonstrations against the slow pace of political reform.

Suicide bombers kill 15 in NE Nigeria: rescue worker, militia

2017-09-18 18:31

At least 15 people were killed when two suicide bombers struck civilians receiving aid in northeast Nigeria, a rescue worker and a member of the civilian militia has said.

Mali mayor becomes first 2018 presidential candidate

2017-09-18 08:23

The mayor of Mali's second city, Sikasso, has became the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring for 2018 presidential elections in the troubled west African state.

Nigeria declares Biafra separatist movement terrorist group

2017-09-16 21:21

Nigeria's military has named the Indigenous People of Biafra a terrorist organisation, targeting a movement that 50 years ago tried to create a state for the Igbo people.

At least 33 dead in Nigeria boat capsize: emergency services

2017-09-16 07:30

At least 33 people drowned after an overloaded boat carrying traders from Niger capsized in northwest Nigeria, the National Emergency Management (NEMA) has said.

 

EXPOSED: Cameroon 'using anti-terror law to silence journalists', says group

2017-09-20 14:13

Cameroon President Paul Biya’s government is using an anti-terror legislation to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on Boko Haram militants and unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions, the CPJ says.

Nigerian leader addresses UN after health woes

2017-09-20 10:08

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the United Nations needs to keep providing sufficient funding for peacekeeping operations, which have been coming under scrutiny.

Nigeria compares Myanmar crisis to Bosnia and Rwanda

2017-09-20 06:17

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people.

18 dead in Nigeria boat accidents: emergency services

2017-09-19 20:00

Eighteen people drowned in boat accidents in Nigeria last weekend, the emergency services has said, nearly a week after more than 50 died when an overloaded craft capsized.

Nigeria attacks pro-Biafra propaganda as curfew eased

2017-09-19 06:06

A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed after clashes between pro-Biafra supporters and Nigerian security services has been relaxed on Monday, as the government blasted social media "quacks and internet trollers" for stoking tensions.

UN seeks $10m as Nigeria cholera outbreak worsens

2017-09-18 19:58

At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations gas said, calling for nearly $10m to keep the disease from spreading.

UN gives top prize to Chibok girls negotiator

2017-09-18 15:34

A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been awarded one of the United Nations' top prizes.

At least 4 killed in inter-community violence in SE Nigeria

2017-09-17 12:12

At least four people have been killed by gunmen in southeast Nigeria, police say, after a week of clashes with security forces as inter-community tensions rise in the former Biafra region.

Nigeria leader to stop in London on return from UN meeting

2017-09-16 10:08

Nigeria's government says President Muhammadu Buhari will fly through London on his way home from next week's United Nations gathering of world leaders, raising more questions about his health.

Niger floods leave at least 54 dead, 200 000 displaced

2017-09-15 20:03

Flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Niger has killed at least 54 people and left nearly 200 000 displaced, the UN has said.

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