Mali army tightens security after massacre as survivors recall killings

2019-06-20 09:51

Mali's army has reinforced security around two ethnic Dogon villages where 41 people were killed, according to a UN count.

Gunmen kill soldier, three others in central Nigeria: police

2019-06-19 13:26

Gunmen killed a soldier and three other people in an attack in north-central Nigeria, state police have said.

Massacre toll in Mali revised down to 35

2019-06-13 06:15

A massacre at a village in central Mali left at least 35 people dead, the authorities say, a final toll much lower than the earlier estimate of 95 killed.

Gabon's Ali Bongo calls for new cabinet in comeback speech

2019-06-10 13:57

Bongo, 60, says 'exemplary' government is needed after $250m hardwood scandal, in first speech since suffering a stroke.

Nigeria shuts down private TV, radio stations tied to opposition

2019-06-07 14:34

Nigeria's broadcasting authority shut down private radio and television stations owned by a key opposition figure who hours earlier said his media operations were being targeted in a crackdown.

In Niger, mass distribution of antibiotics proves effective - study

2019-06-06 11:05

The mass administration of antibiotics to villages in Niger led to a reduction of a childhood mortality, without apparently creating resistance to antibiotics so feared by public health experts, according to a study.

Liberia president seeks to clean up central bank

2019-05-29 22:00

Liberian President George Weah has shaken up the leadership of the Central Bank of Liberia in a bid to restore confidence in an institution dogged by scandal.

Crisis Group urges 'dialogue' between Mali government, jihadists

2019-05-29 11:13

Mali's government should consider "dialogue" with jihadists waging an insurgency in the west African state, the International Crisis Group think tank suggests.

Nigeria's president signs ambitious 2019 budget

2019-05-27 20:32

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an ambitious budget into law, days ahead of the official start of his second term leading Africa's largest oil producer.

How to beat Boko Haram? Treat women better, analysts say

2019-05-22 09:42

Tens of thousands of women have been freed from Nigeria's brutal Boko Haram fighters, but providing a safe future for them is critical to winning the war, analysts warned.


African religious leaders called on to help tackle genital mutilation

2019-06-19 13:26

Religious leaders in Africa must speak up against the practice of female genital mutilation, which affects millions of children across the continent, an international conference in Dakar has said.

30 killed in triple suicide bombing in Nigeria

2019-06-17 13:04

Thirty people have been killed in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services have reported.

Ghana security forces free two kidnapped Canadians

2019-06-13 05:42

Two young Canadian women freed from their kidnap ordeal by Ghanaian security forces were unharmed, the government says, after the development volunteers were snatched at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week.

West African farm 'bootcamp' gets green entrepreneurs into shape

2019-06-10 13:56

Machetes in hand and wearing a straw hat against the sun, the participants of an "agro-bootcamp" in the farmlands of the West African nation of Benin harvest maize, cowpeas and rice.

Children at risk in Nigeria due to lead poisoning from gold mines

2019-06-06 13:00

Lead poisoning has killed hundreds of children in Nigeria, with treating them made difficult by violence.

Outcry in Senegal after BBC probe into gas contract

2019-06-04 21:01

Opposition politicians and campaign groups in Senegal have accused the government of secrecy after the BBC reported that a brother of the president had benefited from lucrative dealings in the gas sector.

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack on key town

2019-05-29 17:22

Nigerian soldiers have repelled an attack by Boko Haram jihadists on the northeast city of Maiduguri, security sources and residents say.

Eight Gambian soldiers jailed over coup plot

2019-05-28 07:13

A Gambian military court has sentenced seven soldiers to nine years in jail for plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow, and handed a three-year prison term to another.

WATCH: Senegal 'Salt Queen' tastes success in a man's world

2019-05-24 12:12

Diouf, 35, began her venture a decade ago, investing her savings to buy her own salt flats in Fatick, one of the West African nation's biggest salt mining regions.

'Terrorist' attack on high-security Niger prison foiled

2019-05-13 21:33

Authorities in Niger have foiled a "terrorist" attack on a high-security prison near the capital Niamey, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum says on Twitter.

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