Nigerian police hold 'Chibok girls' activists, says group

2018-01-23 22:17

Nigerian police briefly detained activists calling for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists nearly four years ago, campaigners have said.

Liberia's Weah makes first cabinet appointments

2018-01-23 18:17

New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The goals that must guide ex-soccer player Weah in leading Liberia

2018-01-23 12:35

He's used to ruling on the soccer field, but how will George Weah tackle the job of Liberian president?, writes The Conversation.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zim white farmer, Weah

2018-01-23 08:39

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he believes former first lady Grace Mugabe had become mentally unstable towards the end of her husband’s long rule, and a Zimbabwean white farmer is reportedly seeking government's assistance in getting back his farm.

Joy and hope in Liberia at Weah inauguration ceremony

2018-01-22 14:13

The inauguration of former football star George Weah as president of Liberia got underway to scenes of joy and giddy optimism, a moment marking the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

Liberia's Sirleaf: Africa's first elected female leader

2018-01-22 08:37

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

Thousands of women in anti-president protest in Togo

2018-01-21 13:07

Thousands of women have taken to the streets of Togo's capital Lome to protest against the power of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Liberia's Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration

2018-01-20 19:29

Incoming Liberian president George Weah is seeking to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and says his priority would be maintaining peace.

Gambians enjoy freedom post-Jammeh, but criticise economy

2018-01-20 12:41

A year ago, Gambians wept for joy as Yahya Jammeh went into exile, bringing the curtain down on a brutal 22-year rule.

Sixteen face prosecution in Senegal over Casamance massacre

2018-01-19 20:28

Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal's troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case has said.


Nigeria's former president says Buhari should not seek re-election

2018-01-23 20:30

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on the country's current leader not to seek a second term of office.

Six dead in latest herder-farmer violence in Nigeria

2018-01-23 17:00

Six people were killed last weekend when cattle herders battled farmers in northeast Nigeria, a state government official has said, in violence that has piled pressure on the government.

Five things George Weah has promised Liberians

2018-01-23 08:47

Former football star George Weah has promised to tackle Liberia's economic and social problems as he was sworn in - in the first democratic transfer of power for more than 70 years.

Weah sworn in as Liberian president, completes historic transition

2018-01-22 15:38

Former international football star George Weah has been sworn in as Liberia's new president, in the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

George Weah: from football icon to Liberia president

2018-01-22 12:05

George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has spent the last 13 years building political credibility to match his status as a sporting icon.

George Weah to be sworn in with Liberian hopes sky-high

2018-01-22 06:07

Former international footballer George Weah is set to be sworn in as Liberia's new president, a landmark moment that marks the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

2018-01-21 08:51

At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded last week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country's southeast, the government says.

Four US, Canadian captives freed in Nigeria: police

2018-01-20 17:34

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in an ambush in northern Nigeria this week have been freed, police say.

Top Africa stories: Roy Bennett, Mugabe, Senegal

2018-01-20 07:13

The late Roy Bennett and his wife have been described as 'two of Zimbabwe's greatest patriots', and Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed that his predecessor Robert Mugabe forgot he had fired him.

Boko Haram kills five in NE Nigeria village

2018-01-19 20:28

Boko Haram jihadists have killed five people in an attack on a village in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a local resident have said.

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