It is not normal for a society to be this unequal, hence we cannot adopt a standard or even classical approach to the challenges that we encounter, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The 15-member regional organization has set a target to have a single currency by 2020, following a gradual approach that allows countries to join the monetary union when they meet the convergence criteria.
Malians will vote in a presidential runoff expected to return Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to the helm of a country battling jihadist violence and ethnic attacks.
Opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse has called on parties to forge a "broad democratic front" for a run-off presidential election on August 12 against incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Malians have voted in a crucial presidential election as attacks disrupted polling in areas already beset by deadly ethnic and jihadist violence.
The emergent AU law is seen as distinct and separate from international law and the domestic laws of member states, writes The Conversation.
Talks between Togo's government and the country's political opposition resumed on Wednesday after a three-month suspension, the presidency has said.
Clashes between cattle herders and farmers pose a threat to countries across West Africa and the Sahel, the UN has warned after Nigeria's parliament summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over escalating violence.
Counting has begun in Sierra Leone following a largely peaceful general election dominated by voters' desire for better economic conditions and an end to corruption.
"Sir, we're going to handcuff you," a coast guard from Sao Tome tells a man accused of fishing illegally in the archipelago's waters.
Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe is happy, health and still wears his trademark suits, and Mugabe has reportedly not said a word since the death of his toughest rival Morgan Tsvangirai.
The United Nations has joined two other international organisations in calling on Guinea-Bissau to hold legislative elections on schedule November 18.
Opposition candidates who fell short in Mali's presidential election have refused to back either of the frontrunners who will contest a runoff vote on Sunday.
Public-sector workers in the West African state of Guinea-Bissau have called off a strike after securing a pay increase in talks with the government, their main trade union has said.
Hundreds of civil servants took to the streets of Guinea-Bissau to demand a hike in the minimum wage and better living conditions.
Facing a rising crime wave from drug-running to human organ smuggling that siphons money into terrorism, 16 West African states have launched an unprecedented data-sharing scheme to fight illegal activity, but observers say the initiative faces sizea
A survivor, families of the disappeared and human rights organisations are seeking the extradition and prosecution in Ghana of Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh for alleged direct involvement in the killing of more than 50 West African migrants in 2005.
Guinea Bissau's parliament has met for the first time in nearly two years after the appointment of a consensus prime minister to end a dragging political crisis.
Sierra Leoneans have voted in a general election to pick a new president in the impoverished West African country scarred by the Ebola crisis and the legacy of a brutal civil war.
Burkina Faso and French investigators have pushed ahead with a probe into deadly jihadist attacks last week suspected to have targeted a major anti-terror meeting.
After six months of political dialogue between Togo's government and the opposition is seen by many as the last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the rule of embattled President Faure Gnassingbe.
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