Niger journalist and activist freed on bail - lawyer

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Niger courts have released a journalist and human rights activist on bail after he was arrested for “collaborating” with Boko Haram Islamists earlier in the week, his lawyer says.

Int'l case against Gbagbo's wife admissible

2015-05-27 19:54

International Criminal Court judges say the case against the former Ivory Coast 1st lady is admissible.

Long walks to freedom? Nigerians hit the road for Buhari

2015-05-27 13:28

When Muhammadu Buhari was elected as Nigeria's next president two months ago, it sparked wild celebrations on the streets that lasted for days, with some walking half way across the country.

Ebola set to persist in 2015

2015-05-26 21:41

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing.

Boko Haram strike back in Nigeria's Borno state

2015-05-26 20:58

Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state.

Nigeria's new president has a 'daunting to-do list'

2015-05-26 16:16

Muhammadu Buhari is set to be sworn in as Nigeria’s next president but he has a daunting to-do list after promising wholesale change during elections two months ago.

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high

2015-05-26 12:45

The Gambian government is already working on its contribution to a new global deal to tackle climate change, due to be hammered out in Paris at the end of this year.

Kenya's anti-graft body says two ministers should be charged

2015-05-25 19:49

Kenya's anti-corruption watchdog has recommended two government ministers be charged with abuse of office, the chief prosecutor says.

Burkina Faso to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara

2015-05-25 18:02

Burkina Faso is exhuming the graves of thirteen people including revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, whose death nearly 30 years ago in a coup has remained a mystery.

Fuel crisis shuts down Nigerian bank

2015-05-25 13:17

One of Nigeria's biggest banks has announced it is shutting branches early due to a lack of fuel, in the latest sign of shortages hitting businesses.


Niger: Over 600 arrested for Boko Haram links

2015-05-27 19:54

Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, an official says.

Nigeria's Buhari: From coup leader to 'converted democrat'

2015-05-27 14:54

Muhammadu Buhari, who is set to be sworn in this week as Nigeria’s new president, is a one-time coup leader who once ruled Africa’s populous nation with an iron fist.

Nigeria court orders release of politician wanted in US

2015-05-26 22:55

A Nigerian court has ordered narcotics agents to release a prominent politician wanted in the US on trafficking charges, in an apparent reprieve for the accused heroin kingpin.

Nigeria troops hope for better deal

2015-05-26 21:41

After Nigeria's military liberated most northeast towns from Boko Haram control, writer and historian Ed Keazor decided to visit troops on the frontline.

Herdsmen kill at least 96 in Nigeria's Benue state

2015-05-26 17:54

At least 96 people have been killed in Benue state in Nigeria’s middle belt region after several villagers were attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen, a state police spokesperson says.

Nigeria fuel strike called off 'in national interest'

2015-05-26 13:11

A crippling strike over fuel that brought Nigeria to a near standstill has been called off “in the national interest” a union leader says, as the country limps back to normal.

Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali's capital

2015-05-26 11:04

Militants have opened fire on two Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Mali’s Bamako, killing one, the second attack within days in the capital of what is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world.

Boko Haram hacks 10 Nigerians to death - official

2015-05-25 18:02

Boko Haram fighters have hacked 10 people to death in a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a local government official told.

Expectation weighs on Nigeria's Buhari as he takes over power

2015-05-25 17:44

Muhammadu Buhari formerly takes over as Nigeria’s president this week but his inauguration could not have come at a worse time, with the country reeling from a cash crunch and a crippling strike over fuel.

Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges

2015-05-25 12:18

A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria’s Senate is set to appear in court to fight his extradition to the US on 20-year-old charges related to the TV hit "Orange is the New Black".

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