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Unusually heavy rains in Senegal expose big gap in $1.4B flood plan

ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as angry residents ask what happened to a $1.4 billion government plan to protect citizens from rising flood risk.Three months’ worth...

Dakar, Senegal gets a year worth of rainfall in a night

Thousands of people are homeless in Senegal’s capital on Monday after a weekend storm brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall in a single day, turning roads into rivers.Video footage showed residents in the suburbs of Dakar wading through...

Rapper Akon plans to build $6bn city in Senegal

Rapper Akon has set his sights on building a sprawling $6 billion city in his Senegal homeland to welcome Africans of the diaspora to their "home back home".The R&B star boasting two multi-platinum albums told a news conference Monday...

Senegal builds military camp near Mali border to avert ‘cross-border threats’

Senegal on Tuesday began building a military camp near its border with violence-torn Mali to address "cross-border threats (and) trafficking", the defence ministry said.The camp is being constructed at Goudiry in the east of the country, nearly 600km from...

Senegal president self-isolates after contact with Covid-19 case

Senegalese President Macky Sall is quarantining for two weeks after coming into contact with someone who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, state television said on Thursday.The measure is precautionary as an initial COVID-19 test of Macky Sall,...

Fmr IAAF chief Lamine Diack goes on trial for doping cover-up

Trial of Senegalese born former head of IAAF athletics’ governing body (IAAF), Lamine Diack, begins Monday in Paris on charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal reports Reuters.The former IAAF is being prosecuted for...

Coronavirus protests rocks Senegal capital

Protestors in Dakar set tyres on fire and threw stones at security forces on Wednesday night during protests over a nationwide dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed almost three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The unrest in Senegal’s capital followed similar...

Senegal agrees to lift ban, allows repatriation of coronavirus dead

Senegalese President Macky Sall has agreed to allow the bodies of citizens who died of Covid-19 abroad back into the West African state, soothing distraught families who had fought the ban.The government banned the repatriations in April to stem...

Senegal to re-open mosques, ease restrictions as covid-19 cases jump

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced the re-opening of mosques and churches and the easing of other restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus, even as the largest one-day jump in cases was recorded on Monday.Sall ordered places of worship closed...

African nations seek own solutions for coronavirus

A loud hiss and grunt come from a green bag pressing air through a tube, as Senegalese researchers work to develop a prototype ventilator that could cost a mere $160 each instead of tens of thousands of dollars.The team...
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FIFA bans CAF president Ahmad Ahmad for 5 years

The head of Confederation of African football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has been suspended by FIFA for five years for corruption, the global governing body...

UN urges civilian protection after Ethiopia PM’s 72-hour ultimatum for Tigrayan forces

ReutersThe United Nations urged Ethiopia on Monday to ensure the protection of civilians, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan forces 72...

Police use tear gas on protest over race in South Africa

Associated PressSouth African police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons on hundreds of mainly Black protesters who gathered again Friday outside a...

Bobi Wine freed on bail as protest death toll hits 37

ReutersUgandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose arrest this week triggered protests that led to at least 37 deaths, was released on...