Nigeria meningitis deaths rise to 813

2017-04-26 22:47

More than 800 people have died in a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria but the disease is now spreading more slowly, says health minister Isaac Adewole.

1 person dies in Kenya's primary elections

2017-04-26 20:33

A Kenyan police official says one person has died and another was injured in hotly contested primary elections in the capital Nairobi

Triple suicide blasts hit Nigeria's Maiduguri: sources

2017-04-26 16:00

Three suicide bombings have rocked the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others, say security personnel.

Powerful Nigerian Muslim leader investigated for corruption

2017-04-26 13:04

A powerful Nigerian Muslim leader is reportedly being investigated on allegations of corruption.

From exile to appeal: Key dates since Habre fled Chad

2017-04-26 07:30

Key dates in Chad since the overthrow of former dictator Hissene Habre to his appeal against a life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have occurred between 1982 and 1990:

Chad's Habre awaits appeal verdict for war crimes

2017-04-25 16:00

Chad's former president Hissene Habre is set to hear the final decision on an appeal against a life sentence for war crimes following his landmark conviction last year.

Cameroon jails RFI journalist for 10 years

2017-04-25 09:00

A Cameroon military tribunal has jailed a Radio France International correspondent to 10 years in prison for what it said was his "failure to denounce acts of terrorism."

Suicide bombers kill four in NE Nigeria: vigilantes

2017-04-24 14:35

Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria, local militia members have said, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.

Gambia soldiers, regional forces clash outside Jammeh home

2017-04-22 09:02

West African forces clashed with Gambian soldiers loyal to former leader Yahya Jammeh, shooting and injuring three who were guarding graves at his home, the soldiers have said.

Boko Haram raid killed nine Nigerian soldiers

2017-04-21 13:21

Nine Nigerian soldiers were killed and 14 others are missing feared abducted after an attack this week by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the violence-torn northeast, security sources have said.


Jailing of Cameroonian journalist Abba 'outrageous'

2017-04-26 20:33

The 10-year prison sentence for Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism related charges is outrageous, says Reporters Without Borders.

Nigerian doctor accused of money-laundering

2017-04-26 17:30

Nigeria's ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's former doctor has been charged with six counts of money laundering, the country's anti-corruption agency says.

Detained pro-Biafran leader bailed on health grounds: court

2017-04-26 14:46

A pro-Biafran leader on trial in Nigeria has been granted bail, just weeks away from the 50th anniversary of an independence declaration that sparked a brutal civil war.

As bibliomania hits Guinea, book lovers seize rare chance

2017-04-26 10:02

As Conakry's year as World Book Capital gets under way, book lovers in Guinea are seizing a rare opportunity to instil a lifelong appreciation for the written word in a nation where most people are illiterate.

20 dead after boat capsizes in Senegal

2017-04-25 17:00

Firefighters say at least 20 people, the vast majority of them women, have been killed after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of central Senegal.

17 women dead as fishing boat capsizes in central Senegal

2017-04-25 13:00

A Senegalese radio station says 17 women have drowned and at least 40 others are injured after their boat capsized near a village in central Senegal.

Nigeria shows off new air assets for Boko Haram fight

2017-04-25 07:30

Nigeria's air force has shown off new assets it says will be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south.

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

2017-04-24 12:35

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization has said, with 360 000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

Journalist faces death penalty in Cameroon

2017-04-21 19:27

Radio France International journalist Ahmed Abba is reportedly at risk of being sentenced to death after being convicted by a military court in Cameroon.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

2017-04-21 09:10

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

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