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Candidates ramp up campaign ahead of Guinea-Bissau presidential elections

Elections are less than a week away in Guinea Bissau, where residents are hoping to emerge from years of political stagnation. On November 24, voters will choose the next president.President Jose Mario Vaz is the first democratically-elected president in...

Mali solders suffer heavy casualty again; 24 killed, 29 injured

Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded when militants attacked a patrol in northern Mali on Monday, a spokesman for the army has said, updating an earlier death toll of seven.Mali is still reeling from an attack on...

Niger’s Hama Amadou returns to jail ahead of 2020 presidential bid

Niger’s main opposition leader Hama Amadou is back behind bars after returning home from three years exile in France with the intention of completing his sentence before running for president, his lawyer said.Amadou’s return could reignite tensions between the...

Blind Ghanaian student violently pulled from seat in Oxford

A blind Ghanaian student who was "violently" removed from a prestigious debating society has been cleared of any wrongdoing.Ebenezer Azamati was "accosted" by a security guard when he tried to return to a seat he had earlier reserved before...

France returns to Senegal a sword full of history and political significance

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday symbolically presented Senegalese President Macky Sall with a sword that was taken from Senegal many years ago and President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to return stolen works of art to Africa.Mr. Philippe presented...

Benin summon Nigeria’s ambassador after attack on Benin businesses at the border

Nigeria's ambassador to Benin has been summoned by Benin's foreign minister following attacks on Benin traders on the border between the two countries, an official Benin official said on Sunday."The fact that I called the Nigerian ambassador is an...

More death in Guinea as protests against Alpha Conde rages on

A young demonstrator was killed in Guinea on Thursday during protests against President Alpha Conde’s perceived attempt to extend his mandate, the security minister said.At least fourteen people have now died since demonstrations erupted in the West African country...

Court dismisses rape allegation against Pastor Fatoyinbo

A Nigerian High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the case filed by Photographer, Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). This came after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and an affidavit at the Court...

Amnesty international says counted 70 killed in Guinea protests

At least 70 people have been killed at protests in Guinea in the last four years, according to a report by human rights organisation Amnesty International. Thousands have hit the streets in multiple protests over a suspected effort by President...

Mali says several extremists dead in new military offensive

Mali’s government says several extremists have been killed after the army launched a large-scale offensive in parts of the central Mopti region.The government said Monday that soldiers have found identity cards of several nationalities. It said the operation is...
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Refugees removed from UNHCR office in S/Africa arraigned – no lawyers and no bail

189 refugees and asylum seekers were arraigned in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday after they entered the premises of the United Nations High...

1,100 Africans applying for legal status arrested in U.S.

About 1,100 undocumented Africans living in the United States were among thousands of immigrants arrested while applying for legal status to avoid deportation and...

Candidates ramp up campaign ahead of Guinea-Bissau presidential elections

Elections are less than a week away in Guinea Bissau, where residents are hoping to emerge from years of political stagnation. On November 24,...

U.S. blacklists former Kenyan attorney general over corruption allegations

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Kenya’s former attorney general, Amos Sitswila Wako, accusing him of involvement in “significant” corruption, according to...