Dozens dead in Niger/Nigeria crackdown on criminal gangs

2018-10-16 21:16

At least 30 "bandits" have been killed during a crackdown by the armies of Niger and Nigeria in their troubled frontier where kidnappings and cattle rustling are rife, Niger's interior minister has said.

E Guinea strongman hands out top military posts to family

2018-10-16 14:00

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled the small, oil-rich state with an iron fist since 1979, has appointed several members of his family to top military positions.

Mali's top court postpones elections to 2019

2018-10-16 08:20

Mali's constitutional court has delayed the country's parliamentary elections until 2019 by extending the mandate of MPs for six months, as requested by the National Assembly, according to the two institutions.

At least 26 drown in boat accident in northwest Mali

2018-10-15 18:02

At least 26 people have drowned after two boats overturned in a swollen river in northwestern Mali, officials and local residents say.

Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

2018-10-15 05:46

The International Committee of the Red Cross has made an urgent appeal to an affiliate of the Islamic State organisation in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers.

Nigeria's opposition candidate Abubakar picks running mate for 2019

2018-10-14 14:08

Nigeria's main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar has picked his deputy from the south-east of the country, ahead of a bid to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from power in next year's election.

Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack on base

2018-10-13 17:39

Nigerian troops have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram fighters to overrun a military base in the restive northeast leaving six soldiers wounded, the army says.

Top Africa stories: 100-yr-old man on death row seeks pardon, Africa's youngest billionaire

2018-10-13 07:36

A 100-year-old Nigerian inmate on death-row is seeking pardon, and Africa's youngest billionaire 'had no security detail with him when he was kidnapped', police says.

E Guinea president pardons jailed opponents

2018-10-12 13:15

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has pardoned 81 prisoners, including 30 political opponents jailed for sedition.

PICS: In fractured Mali, dance contest offers a sense of unity

2018-10-11 21:06

All 3 000 seats in the cavernous Palace of Culture in Bamako had been snapped up, and the mood was at fever pitch as the TV dance competition reached its climax.

 

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

2018-10-16 19:20

Liberia's government says it is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care.

Boko Haram kills another aid worker in NE Nigeria: govt

2018-10-16 11:05

Islamic State-allied Boko Haram jihadists have killed another kidnapped female aid worker in northeast Nigeria, the government says, a month after one of her colleagues was murdered.

Gambia launches truth commission into ex-dictator's abuse

2018-10-16 05:58

The tiny west African state of The Gambia has sworn-in an 11-member commission tasked with shedding light on summary executions, disappearances, torture, rape and other crimes under ousted dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Police teargas protesters demanding I Coast election results

2018-10-15 14:18

Riot police have fired teargas to break up crowds of demonstrators demanding the release of results from a tense weekend election in Ivory Coast, a candidate and witnesses say.

US charity school in Liberia in rape scandal storm

2018-10-14 15:35

An acclaimed US charity operating in Liberia has admitted to major failings after girls at a school set up to save them from a life of sexual exploitation were systematically raped.

Gabon ruling party wins first round of parliamentary vote

2018-10-14 07:31

Gabon's ruling party won just over half of the parliamentary seats in the first round of legislative elections in a vote marred by low turnout, the elections committee said.

Gambia set to probe pain of past in Truth Commission

2018-10-13 12:34

The tiny West African state of The Gambia will journey into its grim past on Monday as it begins a probe into atrocities committed under former dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Over 800 children stop working for anti-Boko Haram militia

2018-10-12 20:30

A ceremony has been held in northeast Nigeria on Friday to mark the formal separation of more than 800 children from a civilian militia helping Nigeria's military against Boko Haram Islamists.

100-year-old inmate on death-row seeks pardon – report

2018-10-12 05:51

A 100 year-old Nigerian man who was sentenced to death on a kidnapping and murder charge is reportedly seeking pardon.

Former Nigeria president Obasanjo endorses opposition candidate

2018-10-11 20:01

Nigeria's former ruler Olusegun Obasanjo has backed his ex-deputy to beat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in elections next year, in a cautious endorsement after a years-long feud.

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