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Sierra Leone ex-minister charged with treason after taking a gun to State house

A Sierra Leonean former minister has been charged with treason for walking into the president's house with a gun ahead of a meeting on coronavirus preparedness.Ex-Defence Minister Paolo Conteh was charged with 16 counts of treason in a Freetown...

Liberia deploy riot police against angry hawkers

Riot police have been deployed in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, to maintain order as thousands of angry roadside sellers took to the streets to protest the demolition of their stalls.The demolition was part of government’s measures to discourage gatherings in...

Nigeria’s Buhari orders restriction of movements in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun for 14 days

Nigeria president, Mohammadu Buhari has ordered restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the capital Abuja for 14 days in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.Nigeria has 97 confirmed coronavirus cases, most of which have been in...

Mali goes to poll amid coronavirus, security fears

Malians voted in a long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday, barely a day after the country recorded its first coronavirus death and with the leading opposition figure kidnapped and believed to be in the hands of jihadists.There were security fears...

With 137 coronavirus cases Ghana to lockdown Accra, Kumasi

Ghana has announced a two-week lockdown in the country's two main regions - Kumasi and Accra metropolises from Monday to curb the spread of coronavirus.The move came as the authorities reported 137 confirmed cases, including four deaths.President Nana Akufo-Ado...

Bombs explodes in Akure, Nigeria, destroying over 100 houses(with pictures)

Over a hundred houses including churches and residential buildings have been destroyed by a large explosion which split the ever busy Akure/Owo road into two, creating large craters big enough to swallow more than 20 sedans.The explosion led to...

Guineans overwhelmingly vote to back new constitution

Guinea has voted to back a contested new constitution, the country’s electoral body said Friday, in a blow to President Alpha Conde’s opponents who fear the reforms are a ploy to extend his grip on power.The proposal to change...

Mali opposition leader, 11 loyalists missing

Mali’s main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is missing and thought to be kidnapped along with 11 members of his delegation, his party said on Thursday, during election campaigning in a region where jihadists frequently strike.The Union for the Republic...

Nearly 100 Chadian soldiers killed by Boko Haram in 7-hour attack

Boko Haram jihadists have killed nearly 100 Chadian soldiers in a seven-hour attack on an island army base, in their deadliest assault yet on the country's armed forces.President Idriss Deby told Chad television he travelled to the scene of...

Multiple deaths in post-referendum violence in southern Guinea

Several people have been killed in southern Guinea, according to local officials, in an outbreak of violence after the country's contested constitutional referendum.The number killed in Nzerekore, the West African state's second-largest city, which borders Liberia, is unclear and...
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Coronavirus force Ethiopia to shift election

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be...
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Boy 13, shot dead in Kenya by police enforcing curfew

The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the...

Foreigners in East Africa face hostility over coronavirus

Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in East Africa.From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic...

Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons,...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...