ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

Boko Haram captures Nigerian town, military base

2015-01-25 20:17

Boko Haram Islamists have captured the northeastern town of Monguno, including a military base, after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops, security sources say.

Boko Haram frees at least 190 in Nigeria's Yobe state

2015-01-25 10:06

Nigerian Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram has released at least 190 captives, who returned to their community in the northeast state of Yobe, officials say.

Nigerian election will go ahead

2015-01-24 09:57

The head of Nigeria's electoral body has maintained that elections set for next month will still take place, despite widespread concern.

After Ebola, flu and drug resistance top pandemic threats

2015-01-23 15:22

The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three west African nations, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases.

Election, politicians a turn-off for Lagos' young voters

2015-01-23 14:30

Nigeria’s politicians are out courting young voters but many of them are too preoccupied with trying to eke out a living to pay much attention to next month’s election.

Nigerian security chief urges vote delay

2015-01-23 06:30

Nigeria should delay next month's elections to give organisers more time to distribute millions of biometric ID cards to voters, the country's top security official says.

Campaign vs Boko Haram hampered by cowards

2015-01-22 21:40

Nigeria's campaign against Islamist Boko Haram insurgents is being hampered by 'cowards' within the armed forces, its presidential security adviser says.

Ebola ebbing in West Africa but vigilance needed – WHO

2015-01-22 14:47

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be ebbing, with fewer than 150 cases reported in the past week, but efforts must be pursued to stamp out the deadly disease, the WHO says.

Cameroon frees German hostage

2015-01-21 20:17

Cameroon has freed a German hostage kidnapped six months ago in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

AU urges action against Boko Haram attacks

2015-01-21 15:49

Defeating Nigeria’s "dastardly" Boko Haram insurgents requires support from across the continent, the AU chief says, urging increased backing for Nigeria and affected neighbouring countries.

Boko Haram claims Baga attack, threatens Nigeria neighbours

2015-01-21 08:23

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants.

Nigeria petrol prices too high

2015-01-20 21:14

Nigeria's government was under pressure to cut petrol prices further, with unions saying people were being short-changed over the global crude price plunge.

Hundreds flee Nigeria villages

2015-01-20 20:16

Hundreds of people from four villages near the Nigerian town of Baga have been forced to flee their homes after a warning from militants.

Bird flu hits two Nigerian cities

2015-01-20 17:37

Thousands of chickens have been culled in southern Nigeria after the discovery of bird flu at some poultry farms.

Chad joins Boko Haram fray

2015-01-20 05:00

The Chadian army is putting 400 military vehicles, attack helicopters, and a number of soldiers amassed in northern Cameroon into action against Boko Haram.

Senegal ex-president's son ends hunger strike

2015-01-19 21:41

Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former president has ended his hunger strike begun in protest at the conditions of his trial for corruption.

Drug execution: Nigeria summons Indonesian envoy

2015-01-19 14:08

Nigeria has summoned Indonesia’s ambassador over the execution of two of its citizens by firing squad for drug trafficking.

Mali govt, UN declare country Ebola-free

2015-01-19 11:02

The Malian government and the UN have declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.

Dozens held at Niger demo after deadly cartoons riots

2015-01-19 07:32

Police in Niger have fired tear gas and arrested dozens at a banned opposition protest, a day after deadly riots over a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo protests leave at least 10 dead in Niger

2015-01-18 07:49

At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country's president says.

UN peacekeeping base attacked northern Mali

2015-01-17 16:31

Authorities say a UN peacekeeper from Chad has been killed and another wounded in northern Mali.

Four dead in Niger anti-French protest

2015-01-17 05:45

At least four people have been killed when a march in Niger against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad turned violent.

Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen

2015-01-16 14:51

All schools in Guinea are set to open after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea’s health minister says.

Chad to send troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-16 11:05

Chad will send a large number of troops to neighbouring Cameroon to help it fight increasing incursions from Boko Haram Islamist militants attacking from Nigeria.

 

New Boko Haram attacks as Kerry visits Nigeria

2015-01-25 17:06

Nigeria's military has fought Boko Haram militants in the restive northeastern city of Maiduguri as US Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in to discuss fears about election-related violence.

Opposition rally venue attacked in Nigeria

2015-01-24 22:02

Unknown gunmen have stormed and bombed the site of a planned opposition rally outside southern Nigeria's oil city of Port Harcourt though police said no lives were lost.

Ebola vaccine trial to start

2015-01-24 06:15

The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine has been shipped to Liberia, where the first large-scale trial will start within weeks.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantines as crisis eases

2015-01-23 14:30

Sierra Leone has lifted crippling nationwide restrictions on movement put in place at the height of the Ebola crisis, amid signs that the deadly epidemic is retreating.

Benin passes new media regulation law

2015-01-23 12:49

Lawmakers in Benin have approved a new law for the media in a first for the tiny west African nation after recent concern about freedom of expression.

Burkina Faso polls set for October

2015-01-23 06:30

Burkina Faso will hold presidential and legislative elections on October 11, interim president Michel Kafando has announced.

Chad leads fight against Boko Haram

2015-01-22 20:39

Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies.

Military tactics defeat Ebola

2015-01-22 05:00

A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone, the worst-affected country, has helped to dramatically reduce new cases

Attack me if you dare - Boko Haram chief

2015-01-21 18:04

The head of Boko Haram, the enigmatic Abubakar Shekau, has openly taunted the countries being menaced by the armed Islamist group.

Grenade kills 3 at Guinea sports bar

2015-01-21 11:14

As many as three people have died when a grenade went off at a bar in the Guinean capital Conakry where football fans were celebrating their team's goal in a Africa Cup of Nations game against Ivory Coast.

Nigeria, Cameroon mistrust stalls fight

2015-01-21 05:00

Mistrust between Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon as well as disagreements over how to deploy troops against Boko Haram have stalled efforts to set up a regional force.

Cameroon border area in chaos

2015-01-20 20:16

Ten thousand Cameroonians have fled inland after Nigeria militants staged attacks and kidnappings.

Schools reopen as west Africa turns page on Ebola epidemic

2015-01-20 09:16

Children have trickled back to school in Guinea, where the Ebola epidemic broke out in December 2013, as west Africa cautiously began turning the page on the deadly outbreak.

Niger declares three days of mourning

2015-01-19 21:41

Niger has declared three days of mourning from after violent protests over Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead and dozens of churches torched.

SA nurses fearless as they face Ebola

2015-01-19 20:48

A South African nurse going to Sierra Leone to help combat the Ebola virus in West Africa says he is aware of the risks but not afraid.

Boko Haram lets 20 Cameroon hostages go

2015-01-19 15:44

Around 20 of the dozens of hostages seized by Boko Haram in Cameroon have been released by the Islamists as they were chased by the army, media reports say.

Nigeria lowers petrol price as elections near

2015-01-19 11:03

Africa's largest oil producer Nigeria has announced a cut in petrol prices, a month before the country votes in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ghana's navy frees hijacked tanker

2015-01-19 09:19

Ghana's navy has freed a tanker ship hijacked off the coast of Nigeria and arrested eight pirates believed to be responsible for seizing it, a military spokesperson says.

West African leaders consider new force to fight Boko Haram

2015-01-17 10:33

West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants and will hold a regional summit next week to discuss the issue.

Zim sends cops to Afcon

2015-01-16 18:23

Zimbabwe has sent a team from its anti-terrorism unit to Equatorial Guinea ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Boko Haram attacks: Nigeria, AU 'must take urgent steps'

2015-01-16 12:15

The General Council of the Bar of SA has called on Nigeria and the AU to take urgent steps against Boko Haram for its mounting crimes against humanity.

Jonathan visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

2015-01-16 10:19

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has paid a surprise visit to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

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