ARTICLES RELATING TO WESTERN AFRICA

Military chiefs sacked after deadly Niger jihadist attack

2020-01-14 06:07

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country's history.

French President Macron to visit Niger to honour massacred soldiers

2019-12-18 18:26

French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Niger to pay homage to 71 soldiers massacred in a jihadist attack earlier this month, the president's office announced Tuesday.

Thousands of Gambians protest, demand President Adama Barrow step down

2019-12-17 12:15

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Gambia's capital Banjul demanding that President Adama Barrow respect his pledge to quit after three years in office.

24 Mali soldiers, 17 jihadists killed in clashes in east - army

2019-11-19 10:50

Twenty-four Malian soldiers and 17 jihadist fighters have been killed in clashes in the east of the country, the army says, as security in the west African nation deteriorates further.

Mali strife: UN peacekeeper killed, five others wounded

2019-10-07 13:31

One peacekeeper has been killed and five others were wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA has said.

38 killed in attacks on Mali villages

2019-06-19 13:26

Thirty-eight people have been killed and many others wounded in attacks on two ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali, the government has said, in the latest in a cycle of violence in the volatile Sahel country.

US military vehicle hit by bomb in Niger

2019-06-10 10:26

A US military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Niger, the site of a deadly jihadist attack on American forces in 2017, the military has announced.

'Disastrous' living conditions worse than violence in Nigeria - MSF

2016-09-29 18:22

A brewing humanitarian emergency has reached catastrophic levels in northeastern Nigeria, with MSF calling for a massive relief effort in order to help those desperately in need.

New polio outbreak threatens Nigeria’s steady march to eradication

2016-08-16 17:03

After accounting for more than 50% of all polio cases worldwide, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in 2015. The emergence of two new cases of polio has signaled a setback for the country that aimed to be polio free by 2017.

Nigeria's constitution holds the key to protecting internally displaced people

2016-06-29 19:23

The internal displacement of people has become a significant concern in Nigeria. More than two million people have fled their homes because of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast with millions more displaced by other causes.

 

Seven children among 14 civilians killed in roadside bomb in Burkina Faso

2020-01-05 17:03

Seven children and four women were among 14 civilians killed when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, the government has said.

In Burkina Faso, cheap improvised 'poor man's bomb' reaps a bloody toll

2019-12-18 15:40

Security experts say that in the arsenal of jihadist groups, whose insurgency is shaking the Sahel state of Burkina Faso, the improvised explosive device (IED) is one of the deadliest weapons.

Nigeria court puts 47 men on trial for homosexuality - lawyer

2019-12-13 09:48

A group of 47 men has appeared in a Nigerian court charged with homosexuality, a crime punishable by 14 years in prison in the country, their attorney has said.

Nigeria's ruling party wins election in key oil state

2019-11-18 18:27

Nigeria's ruling party has won the key oil-rich state of Bayelsa, the electoral body said, a sign of President Muhammadu Buhari's growing influence in opposition strongholds.

Supporters cheer Dakar ex-mayor on his release from jail

2019-10-01 11:06

The former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, has been hailed by jubilant supporters as he crossed the Senegalese capital in a convoy during the night, following his release from prison.

Nearly 100 killed, 19 missing in central Mali village massacre

2019-06-11 10:56

Nearly 100 people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, authorities have said.

TB Joshua: 'Fake' prophets, pastors 'worsening' poverty levels in Malawi

2017-01-10 11:04

Nigeria's controversial prophet and founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, TB Joshua, has reportedly claimed that "fake" pastors and prophets "are worsening poverty levels in Malawi".

Nigerian army says Boko Haram leader has 'mental challenge'

2016-09-26 10:17

The Nigerian Army has reacted to a recent video released by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, stating that the commander clearly has a mental issue.

Boko Haram: Why jaw-jaw might be better than war-war for Nigeria

2016-07-04 22:36

Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war against Boko Haram, and start discussions about peace building, writes Abdul-Jalilu Ateku.

Top Nigerian mall belonging to opposition MP shut over debt

2016-06-24 13:55

Nigeria's Asset Management Corporation has sealed off a top mall belonging to an opposition member of parliament, Ben Murray-Bruce, in the heart of the country's capital, Abuja.

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