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Burkina seeks arrest of Ivory Coast parliament speaker over failed coup

Burkina Faso is seeking an international arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, the speaker of parliament in Ivory Coast and a former rebel leader, on charges related to a failed coup last year, military sources said Friday. The move risks...

Senegalese man arrested in Italy for murder of an American woman

Italian police have arrested a Senegalese illegal immigrant who prosecutors believe killed Ashley Olsen, a U.S. woman who was found dead in her apartment in Florence last weekend. "We have collected very serious evidence of his guilt," Florence chief...

Nigerian Shiite group says over 700 missing after army clashes

A Nigerian Shiite Muslim group on Thursday said more than 700 of its members were unaccounted for, nearly a month after clashes with the army in the northern city of Zaria."In our list there are about 730 people, men...

Niger presidential candidate declares self political prisoner

Hama Amadou, a major opposition figure in Niger and a presidential candidate, has declared himself a political prisoner, his lawyer said on Wednesday, meaning he is now likely to spend time leading up to the February polls in jail....

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...
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#ENDSARS Update: Photos, Visual clips from Twitter warriors

As Nigerians and friends all over the world continue to lend their voices in support of Nigerian youths call...
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#ENDSARS Protest around Nigeria in visuals

Nigerian youths have defied every obstacle thrown at them to press for real change that will lead to things being done better in their...

South Africa white farmers, Black protesters face off over farm murder case

ReutersWhite South African farmers and rival Black protesters hurled abuse and threats at each other on Friday ahead of a court hearing in a...

The Tragic Silence: Rising Cases of Violence Against Women and Poor Policy Response

By: Onyinyechi Okechukwu and Tariro TandiThe year 2020 will not go in a hurry; yes, it will be off the human calendar for good...

Somali al Shabaab militants ambush soldiers, kill 8

Associated PressSomalia’s extremist group, al Shabaab have carried out an attack killing at least eight soldiers in an ambush in the country’s south, according...