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Gunfire reported in Abidjan, 4 other cities as Ivory Coast unrest spread

Gunfire broke out in several Ivory Coast cities, including the commercial capital Abidjan, overnight and early on Saturday, residents and soldiers said, as a revolt by military personnel demanding higher wages and bonuses appeared to gain momentum. Soldiers seized...

Mauritania set to criminalize insulting one’s wife with possible 2 year jail term

The government of Mauritania has given consent to a Gender Violence bill that entails punishing husbands who insults their wives with two year imprisonment and also hand a death penalty to married men guilty of rape, according to a...

Heavy gunfire heard in Bouake Ivory Coast’s second-largest city

Heavy gunfire erupted early on Saturday near the main military camp in Ivory Coast's second largest city, Bouake, where disgruntled soldiers launched an uprising a day earlier over salaries and bonuses, a resident and a soldier said. "The shooting...

Niger Delta militants say readying fighters to hit ‘enemy’ in the region

A Nigerian militant group, which has claimed a wave of attacks on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, said on Friday that it had asked its fighters to prepare to fight the "enemy" as authorities were not ready for...

Ghana’s new president Akufo-Addo to be sworn in Accra today

Nana Akufo-Addo is to be sworn in as Ghana's new president on Saturday after beating incumbent leader John Dramani Mahama in elections last month. The 72-year-old former human rights lawyer will take the oath of office at a ceremony...

Nigeria says West Africa will act on Gambia electoral crisis

West African leaders will make a decision Saturday on how to resolve Gambia's electoral crisis and its longtime leader's refusal to accept defeat in elections, Nigeria's presidential spokesman said Friday. A military intervention led by Senegal could be in...

Kenya opposition cry foul as senate okays changes in electoral law

Kenya's Senate on Friday approved changes to election laws that would allow manual counting of ballot results, which the opposition calls a back door to rigging this year's presidential vote. President Uhuru Kenyatta is running again for the August...

Zimbabwe VP Mnangagwa dismisses rumours of wanting to take over power

Zimbabwe’s Vice President who is also the acting president has dismissed rumors that he wants to take over power from 92 year old Robert Mugabe. A leaked picture showing Emmerson Mnangagwa holding a mug inscribed “I am the boss”...

Chad shuts border with Libya, deploys troops amid security concerns

N'DJAMENA Chad, a key ally of the West in the fight against Islamist militants in West Africa, said on Thursday it has closed its long border with Libya and will deploy troops to the area in an effort to...

Gambia worsening political situation with death threats

Human rights groups say the situation in Gambia is worsening as political opponents are detained by authorities and some receive death threats. The tiny West African country awaits a key court ruling Jan. 10 in the disputed presidential election....
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Covid-19: Parents in rejects plan to re-open schools in Nigeria

Some parents in Lagos State, Nigeria have kicked against reopening of schools in view of the continued rise in the number of the novel...

Rwanda signs a new military deal with United States

Rwanda has signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States as part of broader efforts to strengthen military cooperation between the...

Namibia’s president admits breaching lockdown rule, pays fine

Namibia's president Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party's 60th anniversary and...

Buhari submits a revised 2020 budget to the senate

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday submitted a revised 2020 budget of 10.51 trillion naira ($29.19 billion) to the senate for approval.The coronavirus pandemic...