With the right announcements the markets would react positively, support the government in seeking growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
Authorities in Burkina Faso were are hunting for clues about the masterminds behind Friday's deadly twin attacks on the French embassy and the country's military HQ.
Three prominent Islamic extremist groups in Mali have announced they have merged into one and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda's leader, according to an organisation that monitors jihadist websites.
Malian officials say two suspected jihadists have been arrested after they planned to stage a suicide attack in the capital Bamako during the France-Africa summit earlier this month.
A pro-government militia in Mali says it has lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.
A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, the country's interior minister says.
Authorities in Burkina Faso have arrested 10 people over a jihadist attack on a hotel and café in the capital and a separate rampage at a resort in neighbouring Ivory Coast.
Three people have been killed in two separate attacks on UN targets in the city of Gao in Mali.
Security has been beefed up in Accra and Lome following a leaked intelligence report that indicated Islamist militants were likely to launch their next attacks in Ghana and Togo.
The attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort by an al-Qaeda affiliate is the latest sign it is shifting its focus to soft targets.
West Africa's armed forces, police and governments need to ramp up cross-border links to contain Islamist groups now increasingly staging spectacular attacks on civilian targets, US and local top brass say.
Burkina Faso has put in place new security measures in the capital Ouagadougou following attacks by suspected jihadists last month that killed 19 people, the security minister says.
Mali's security forces have arrested two suspects in their search for a Colombian nun kidnapped the night before from a church in southern Mali.
Three Malian soldiers have died and a fourth has been seriously injured after their vehicle hit a landmine in the troubled north, the army says.
A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali's restive north, France's foreign ministry has confirmed, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker.
Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister says.
A Senegalese court has sentenced a geography teacher to a year in jail for condoning terrorism while serving as an imam in his spare time.
Two police were wounded, one of them seriously, when heavily-armed gunmen attacked a Burkina police station near the border with Mali.
A militant leader who joined the Islamic State jihadist group has been killed in an army operation west of the Algerian capital.
Ivory Coast authorities have ordered three days of mourning and tightened security at public places and at its borders after the first jihadist attack on its soil.
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have accused a Malian jihadist of a war crime by attacking the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.
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