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10,000 march in Niger for jailed presidential hopeful Hama Amadou

Some 10,000 people shouting "Hama for president!" packed a Niger rally in support of jailed opposition figure Hama Amadou, who is running for president in elections this month despite being in detention.TV images aired Tuesday showed cheering supporters wearing...

Funding falls short for task force to fight Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Funding for a multinational force to combat Boko Haram's deadly Islamist insurgency in West and Central Africa remains well short of its target, an African Union official said on Tuesday. So far donors, including Nigeria, Switzerland and France, have...

Mali dreams of cultural rebirth despite jihadi onslaught

Two months after a deadly jihadist attack on a major hotel, Mali's capital Bamako has sought to reboot the country's once-famed cultural scene with a festival featuring some of the biggest names in African and world music. The Festival...

Gbagbo attack France dirty colonial meddling at ICC trial

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, charged with fomenting a 2010 crisis that led to 3,000 deaths, actually tried to resolve the deadlock that plunged the country into civil war, his lawyers said on Monday. Opening his defense against...

65 people killed in latest Boko Haram attack in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

At least 65 people were killed during an attack by Islamist militant group Boko Haram near Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a Reuters reporter said after counting bodies at a hospital morgue. The remains of a dozen victims were...

Linel Zinsou Benin PM’s presidential bid boosted by opposition support

Benin's prime minister Lionel Zinsou, favored by the president to succeed him in next month's election, received a boost on Saturday when the leading opposition party also named him as their preferred candidate. In a ceremony on Saturday declaring...

Shine A Light On The Gaps

By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala & Janeen Madan This essay is part of a special edition being published in partnership with Foreign Affairs, titled “African Farmers in the Digital Age.” This anthology explores the future of African food systems and the...

Two separate attacks in northern Mali claim the life of 4 soldiers

Four Malian soldiers were killed on Thursday, the army said, in two separate attacks in the country's desert north where an Islamist insurgency has re-erupted in recent months. A military vehicle escorting a civilian truck convoy hit an improvised...

Kenya- Nigeria relations heighten as President Muhammadu Buhari jets in Kenya

The 3-day State visit to Kenya by President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria beginning Wednesday January 27 is expected to enhance further the relations between the duo. President Buhari will arrive at Eldoret International Airport where...

Chad fix April 10 for presidential elections

Chad will hold presidential elections on April 10, the country's Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Saturday.Current head of state Idriss Deby Itno -- in power since 1990 after overthrowing former president Hissein Habre --...
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ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as...
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Fmr French president Sarkozy to know fate in cash-from-Libya case

AFPA Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that...

US Secretary of States pushes for breakthrough on Sudan deal

AFPWith weeks to go before US elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could...

Ouattara party dares Ivorians, says will hold election with or without opposition

ReutersIvory Coast’s ruling party said on Tuesday it will push ahead with the October election regardless of whether the opposition participate, comments likely to...

Egypt’s Sisi committed to ridding Libya of militia, regional interference

ReutersEgypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of...