Five journalists arrested in Niger

2015-11-25 22:04

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders has condemned a string of arrests of journalists in Niger, saying five had been detained in 10 days.

Gambian president calls halt to female genital mutilation

2015-11-25 11:48

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation, branding the practice as outdated and not a requirement of Islam, the information ministry announced Tuesday.

UN staffer killed in Mali attack on peacekeeping convoy

2015-11-25 07:36

A UN employee has been killed in an attack on a peacekeeping convoy in northern Mali, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Africa's top fashion event called off over terror fears

2015-11-24 19:58

Africa's prime fashion event, the two-yearly FIMA festival in Niger, has been called off on the eve of its launch over fears of terror attacks, Niger designer Alphadi has announced.

Armed men in military uniform raid Ghana opposition party HQ

2015-11-24 13:50

Armed men in military uniform have raided the headquarters of Ghana’s main opposition party in an attack that raises political tension one year ahead of a presidential election that is likely to be closely fought.

Security tight as Bamako mourns terror victims

2015-11-23 21:26

Security is tight at major hotels and other public areas around Malian capital Bamako as the country started three days of mourning following an attack that left 21 people dead.

Ghana's Mahama endorsed for 2nd term election bid

2015-11-23 12:31

Ghana’s governing National Democratic Congress has voted overwhelmingly to endorse President John Dramani Mahama’s bid for a second term of office at elections next year.

Mali president: Al-Mourabitoun not behind attack

2015-11-23 10:59

Mali’s president has questioned claims that al- Mourabitoun, an al-Qaeda-linked group, was not responsible for last week’s assault on a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako.

Mali, neighbours in mourning as siege hotel yields clues

2015-11-23 09:21

Mali has started three days of national mourning for the victims of the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left at least 19 people dead in the capital Bamako, with neighbouring countries joining in a show of solidarity.

Obama: US won't relent on ISIS campaign

2015-11-22 15:34

President Barack Obama says the US and its international partners "will not relent" in the fight against ISIS.


Germany to send 650 troops to Mali to relieve France

2015-11-25 13:42

Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen says, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against the ISIS jihadists.

2 guards, 3 staff among Mali siege hotel dead - CEO

2015-11-25 08:59

Two armed guards and three employees, all locals, were among the 20 victims of a jihadist attacks on a Mali hotel last week, the chief executive of the hotel’s owners says.

Official warns of security threats after Mali hotel assault

2015-11-24 22:29

The official leading the investigation into the attack on a luxury hotel in Mali's capital has urging residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour and warns of heightened security threats.

Liberia records 1st Ebola death since July

2015-11-24 16:56

A health official in Liberia says the country has recorded its first Ebola death since July.

Mali hotel attack: Probe into jihadist siege continues

2015-11-24 07:34

French and UN investigators joined a Mali police probe into a jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left at least 20 dead, as flags were lowered Monday for three days of mourning.

Suicide attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon kill 12 plus 5 bombers

2015-11-23 15:34

Officials say five girl suicide bombers have killed at least 12 people in Nigeria and Cameroon in weekend attacks. The bombers also died.

New statement said to identify gunmen in Mali attack

2015-11-23 12:31

The Islamic group that claimed responsibility for last week’s assault on a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital has issued a new statement identifying the two gunmen, a Mauritanian news site says.

8 killed in NE Nigeria suicide bombing - relief agency

2015-11-23 09:21

Eight people have been killed after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives among women and children arriving in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri seeking to escape Boko Haram violence in the countryside.

Separatists: Mali hotel attack tageted peace talks

2015-11-22 22:12

The assault on a luxury hotel in Mali's capital that killed 19 people was a clear attempt to derail a fragile peace process meant to stabilise the country's volatile north, a representative of northern separatist groups says.

Mali hotel cook escaped attackers through window

2015-11-22 07:50

A cook at Bamako's Radisson Blu hotel says he escaped the attack by extremists by jumping out the window after being shot at.

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