Former Gambian spy chief arrested: police source

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Gambian police have arrested ex-president Yahya Jammeh's dreaded former spy chief, a police source says, following allegations of torture and disappearances during his watch.

Logistics nightmare: Helping the Boko Haram displaced

2017-02-22 08:34

Humanitarian groups in Nigeria's town of Dikwa are trying to bring aid to at least 57 000 people forced out of their homes by Boko Haram Islamists, whose insurgency has devastated the remote region since 2009.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Cyclone Dineo, Guinea

2017-02-21 20:58

Watch as "tired" President Mugabe shows his age in a barely-audible birthday interview, and at least 100 people are to be airlifted to safety from a flood-hit district of southern Zimbabwe.

Guinea reaches accord with teachers as schools to reopen

2017-02-21 20:06

Guinea reaches accord with teachers as schools to reopen after strikes, deadly protest

Ghana president says 'inherited' debts from predecessor

2017-02-21 18:01

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo says he has inherited an economy reeling from huge fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an IMF programme designed to stimulate growth.

Gambia's Adama Barrow orders release of 171 prisoners

2017-02-21 12:00

As The Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country and ordered the release of all prisoners detained without trial.

Nigeria urges AU to intervene over 'SA killings'

2017-02-20 21:37

Nigeria on Monday urged the African Union to step in to stop what it said were "xenophobic attacks" on its citizens and other Africans in South Africa.

Buhari's health sparks fresh debate on leadership in Nigeria

2017-02-20 20:44

The protracted absence on medical grounds of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has stoked fears of a full-blown political crisis at the heart of Africa's most populous nation.

New Gambian president thanks unified nation, promises reform

2017-02-20 10:23

New Gambian President Adama Barrow has thanked his nation and promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education.

Finally, Gambia's Barrow 'officially' sworn-in as president

2017-02-18 17:00

Thousands of supporters have gathered to finally celebrate the inauguration of Gambian President Adama Barrow, a month after he was sworn in across the border in neighbouring Senegal during a tense power struggle.


'No cause for worry' over Nigerian leader Buhari's health

2017-02-22 11:30

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari needs a "longer period of rest" in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office says.

Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

2017-02-21 20:58

Nigerians who have been starved of electricity access turn to solar as a US-backed project launches nationwide.

Nigeria's Buhari to stay in London for 'further rest'

2017-02-21 20:58

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari needs "further rest" so will extend his month-long medical stay in London, but there is "no cause" for worry over his health, his office has said.

Burkina leader fine-tunes govt to face jihadist threat

2017-02-21 19:00

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has given government ministers specific responsibility for security and defence in a reshuffle officially announced on state television.

Murder trial over 'Novotel captives' opens in I Coast

2017-02-21 17:01

The trial has opened in Ivory Coast of 10 men, mainly soldiers, accused of kidnapping and killing four men from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan in April 2011.

Guinea: 5 killed amid student protests over teacher strikes

2017-02-21 10:37

At least five people have been killed after police in Guinea clamped down on hundreds of students who demonstrated with stones and sticks amid teacher strikes that have kept them out of class for weeks

Jammeh's missing: tracing The Gambia's disappeared

2017-02-20 20:44

Pensioner Sarjo Manneh celebrated more joyfully than most when former leader Yahya Jammeh agreed to leave The Gambia in January.

Top Africa stories: Cyclone Dineo, Somalia, Mugabe

2017-02-20 19:39

At least 50 families stranded by floods in Zimbabwe have been 'airlifted to safety', and the death toll in Somalia's deadly suicide bombing has risen to 39.

Gambia's new president commits to end human rights abuses

2017-02-19 18:00

As Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country.

Gambia's new president Barrow set for inauguration as nation cheers

2017-02-18 15:15

Gambia's new president is set to be inaugurated, as this tiny West African nation celebrates wider freedoms after a tense political standoff with its former leader.

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