ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Car bomb outside Nairobi police station kills 4

2014-04-23 22:25

Police in Nairobi say a car bomb has exploded outside a police station in central Nairobi and killed four people.

Mali slams 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

2014-04-23 16:49

Mali has denounced as a “cowardly and despicable murder” the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation’s top jihadist groups.

25 killed in Nigeria fire attack

2014-04-23 07:29

Twenty-five people have been killed and their village set on fire in north-eastern Nigeria, according to officials.

Wade to return home ahead of son's trial

2014-04-22 14:49

Senegal’s former president Abdoulaye Wade is due to return home after moving abroad following his election defeat, his party says, a move that comes as his son faces trial for corruption.

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

2014-04-21 16:01

Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.

Boko Haram leader claims Nigeria bombing

2014-04-19 17:01

The leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for a bombing in Nigeria's capital that killed at least 75 people.

Nigeria army admits abducted girls still missing

2014-04-18 12:03

The Nigerian military has admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the restive north-eastern state of Borno are still missing.

Wade's son to be tried for corruption

2014-04-17 19:48

The son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade is set to be tried in June for corruption after accumulating a fortune valued at well over $1bn, a judicial source says.

G-Bissau presidential vote to head to run-off

2014-04-17 12:52

A former finance minister from Guinea-Bissau’s dominant party and a bureaucrat with the backing of the military will face each other in a presidential election run-off, the election commission says.

20 killed as Islamists rampage in Nigeria

2014-04-17 09:42

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, officials say.

Nigeria: 100+ kidnapped students freed

2014-04-17 07:36

Scores of female students kidnapped by Islamic militants from a north-eastern Nigerian school are free, Nigeria’s military says.

Anti-graft judges to rule on Wade's son

2014-04-16 19:15

Judges in Senegal are deliberating on the fate of former president Abdoulaye Wade’s son Karim, detained for a year on corruption charges after accumulating a fortune worth more than $1bn.

Mali remains 'free' of deadly Ebola epidemic

2014-04-16 09:25

Mali says it is clear of the Ebola epidemic suspected to be behind at least 130 deaths this year in Guinea and Liberia.

Search begins for abducted Nigerian girls

2014-04-16 07:42

A Search for attackers thought to be Boko Haram Islamists has begun in Nigeria after more than 100 girls were kidnapped from a school in the northeast, security sources say.

Nigeria beefs up security after deadly bombing

2014-04-15 14:58

Nigeria police have boosted security across Abuja after a bomb blast ripped through a packed bus station killing at least 72 people, the deadliest attack ever to hit the capital.

Nigeria pledges massive security for summit

2014-04-15 11:41

Nigeria will mount a massive security operation to protect a World Economic Forum on Africa planned in Abuja next month.

Gambia won't take passengers from Ebola-hit areas

2014-04-15 07:49

Gambian authorities have written a letter to airlines flying into the West African country saying they cannot pick up passengers from countries where there have been suspected cases of Ebola.

SA sends condolences to Nigeria

2014-04-14 21:04

South Africa has sent its "deepest condolences" to Nigeria after a bomb blast in Abuja that killed over 70 people.

B- Faso’s leader may be in re-election bid

2014-04-14 18:29

Supporters of Burkina Faso’s leader have rallied to press for a referendum on removing limits to presidential terms, the clearest sign yet that he may seek re-election in 2015.

Nigerian capital blast toll hits 71

2014-04-14 13:58

The death toll from the blast that hit a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital has risen to 71, with 124 confirmed to have been injured, police say.

20 dead as blast hits bus park in Nigeria

2014-04-14 09:29

A blast at a bus depot on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja has killed at least 20 people during rush hour, witnesses say.

Ugandan soldier kills 9 people, himself

2014-04-13 14:30

Nine people have been shot dead and 12 injured by a drunken soldier in a brawl over a woman in western Uganda, officials say.

Nigerian held for tweeting attack pictures

2014-04-12 19:00

Nigeria has released a man who was arrested for tweeting pictures of an attempted jail break at the headquarters of the intelligence agency in Abuja, a family friend says.

Kenya to oversee wildlife authority actions

2014-04-11 17:56

Kenya's central government will oversee the running of the country's wildlife authority for the next three months in a bid to stop poaching of the country's elephants and rhinos.

Nigeria complains over Mugabe calling it corrupt

2014-04-11 12:11

Zimbabwe's envoy has been called in for a complaint about President Robert Mugabe’s remarks about corruption in Nigeria, a report says.

 

Senegal: Wade returns home to support son

2014-04-23 12:19

Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is expected back in the country after two years abroad. His return is seen as aimed at supporting his son who is facing jail for corruption.

Ebola death toll in West Africa over 140

2014-04-22 19:00

The World Health Organisation says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people.

Soldiers, vigilantes hunt for kidnapped Nigeria girls

2014-04-21 21:05

Nigerian soldiers and vigilantes are hunting "around the clock" for the Islamist fighters holding scores of schoolgirls hostage, an official says.

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

2014-04-20 14:30

Nigerians are marking Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

14 more Nigeria schoolgirls escape Islamists

2014-04-19 14:00

Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing after an attack that has sparked global outrage.

Nigerians search unsafe forest for kidnapped girls

2014-04-18 08:01

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambasi Forest to search for more than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Islamic extremists this week, an official says.

Nigeria: Fate of 100+ abducted girls unknown

2014-04-17 14:00

The fate of more than 100 girls abducted by Islamic extremists has been thrown into uncertainty after their school principal denied a report that almost all the students had been freed.

Nigeria: Principal says kidnapped girls not free

2014-04-17 11:43

The principal of a north-eastern Nigerian school says she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.

Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain

2014-04-17 07:36

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain – evidence that the disease didn’t spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists say.

Nigerian abductors pretended to be soldiers

2014-04-16 20:46

Islamist rebels have duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid.

US congratulates G-Bissau on 'peaceful' polls

2014-04-16 10:20

The US has praised the holding of successful elections in Guinea-Bissau as an "important step" towards a better future after years of political instability and violence.

Togo accident kills 48

2014-04-16 07:42

At least 48 people have died after a bus and truck collided on a road north of the West African country of Togo, a report says.

Attackers abduct 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria - report

2014-04-15 15:29

At least 200 schoolgirls have reportedly been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria.

Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

2014-04-15 13:53

Gambia has banned flights from Ebola-hit west African countries from landing in its territory, airport officials say.

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

2014-04-15 11:41

The World Health Organisation says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people.

US slams 'senseless' Nigeria bombing

2014-04-15 07:49

The US has condemned a bomb attack on a packed bus station in Nigeria which killed 71 people, and called for a full investigation.

Minister: Guinea Ebola outbreak under control

2014-04-14 20:05

Guinea's Foreign Minister Francois Fall has said the west African country has brought the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola virus under control.

G-Bissau poll commission hails strong turnout

2014-04-14 14:57

The turnout in Guinea-Bissau’s presidential and parliamentary polls could exceed 70%, the election commission says.

Abuja blast: More than 30 vehicles destroyed

2014-04-14 11:35

More than 30 vehicles have been destroyed, causing secondary explosions as their fuel tanks ignited and burned after an explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station and killed 20 in Lagos.

'Islamists' kill at least 60 in Nigeria

2014-04-14 07:52

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed at least 60 people in Nigeria’s troubled north-eastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, an official says.

Guinea-Bissau votes after 2012 coup

2014-04-13 12:30

Voters in Guinea-Bissau have begun casting their ballots to elect a new president and lawmakers in an election meant to draw a line under a 2012 military coup that plunged the West African nation into chaos.

Kenya army rescues aid workers from al-Shabaab

2014-04-11 22:32

The Kenyan army has rescued two aid workers held in captivity in Somalia by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab for nearly three years, a military spokesperson says..

Ebola outbreak: Guineans in shock

2014-04-11 13:19

An Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 100 people in Guinea has left communities asking why the disease has attacked their country.

Aid groups on emergency footing against Ebola

2014-04-11 10:38

International aid organisations have launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

 
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