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Burkina Faso president takes defence portfolio in new cabinet

Burkina Faso's new President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took the helm of the defence ministry in a government lineup unveiled Wednesday for a nation with a history of military trouble and coups. Kabore, only the third civilian president of...

Guantanamo inmates transferred to Ghana want to ‘live normally’

Two Yemeni men transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana are looking to rebuild their lives and are not out to avenge their detention, they said in an interview broadcast late Monday. "We have been wrongly arrested for 14 years...

Seriake Dickson floors Sylva re-elected as Bayelsa State governor

Governor Seriakae Dickson was, yesterday, returned as the winner of the Bayelsa State governorship election. This followed the declaration of the results of the supplementary elections conducted at the weekend in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 101 polling...

Boyfriend of murdered British actress Sian Blake arrested in Ghana

The boyfriend of former British soap actress Sian Blake has been arrested in Ghana over the murder of her and their two young sons, and now faces extradition to the United Kingdom, police said Sunday. Investigators tracked Arthur Simpson-Kent...

PM stays as Ivory Coast government resigns

Ivory Coast's government resigned on Wednesday after President Alassane Ouattara vowed to bring more "efficiency" to the West African state just two months after he was re-elected. Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan presented his resignation and that of his...

Boko Haram kill seven in suicide attack, raid

Boko Haram gunmen have mounted their first attacks since Nigeria's government declared them "technically" defeated, killing seven people in a raid and suicide bombing, residents told AFP on Wednesday. The attacks happened on Tuesday in the northeastern state of...

Gambia wants all female government workers to wear headscarves

Gambia on Tuesday ordered female government employees to wear headscarves at work in a sign that the West African country is embracing a Muslim identity one month after President Yahya Jammeh declared it an Islamic republic. From the start...

Liberia’s Sirleaf supports reducing term after taking her 2nd 6 years in office

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she supports the call by Liberians to reduce the presidential term of office from two six-year terms to two four-year terms.  A constitution review commission set up by Sirleaf recommended last year to...

Christine Lagarde arrives Nigeria for talks on economic development

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday arrived in Nigeria on a four-day visit to engage policy makers on ways to promote economic development in the country. Lagarde was welcomed by the Minister of...

7 Killed, 17 injured in road accident in Ogun State, Nigeria

Seven people are confirmed dead and 17 others injured in a ghastly motor accident involving two commercial buses carrying 28 passengers in southern Nigerian state of Ogun, local authorities said on Monday. Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission...
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Togo names Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe as new prime minister

ReutersTogo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has appointed Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe as prime minister, the first woman to hold the position in...
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Post coup Mali interim president and vice sworn in

ReutersRetired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as Mali’s interim president on Friday, tasked with presiding over an 18-month transition back to civilian rule...

Migrants stranded in Libya face vicious cycle of cruelty

Associated PressAmnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year have disappeared after being...

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...

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...