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Mali opposition and junta disagree on transition proposal

Associated PressDivisions deepened between Mali’s military coup leaders and the country’s political opposition movement on Sunday after the ruling junta announced a plan that would allow a military leader to oversee an 18-month transitional period.While the two sides initially...

Dakar, Senegal gets a year worth of rainfall in a night

Thousands of people are homeless in Senegal’s capital on Monday after a weekend storm brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall in a single day, turning roads into rivers.Video footage showed residents in the suburbs of Dakar wading through...

Guinea’s Conde officially confirm bid for 3rd term in office

Guinea's president Alpha Conde on Wednesday accepted his party's nomination to run for a controversial 3rd term as president, a move which had thrown the nation into conflict since 2019.The acceptance also ended months of hiding his ambition to...

UN deploys troops to new base in S.Sudan as violence surges

The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan announced Wednesday it was deploying troops to the country's strife-torn south following an upsurge in violence by armed rebels against civilians and aid workers.The deployment of blue helmets to establish a new...

Mali junta to hold transition talks amidst mounting pressure

Mali's junta, which seized power two weeks ago, will hold transition talks with political parties and civil society groups this weekend following mounting pressure for a quick handover to civilian rule."These meetings aim at drawing up a roadmap for...

Over 226,000 displaced, 45 killed by flooding in Niger rep.

Flooding from heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes, Niger republic officials said Friday said on Friday.Niger’s western region has been hardest hit by days of...

Ecowas to Mali junta handover power in one year

West African leaders on Friday told Mali’s junta to take no more than one year to hand over power to a civilian government, as regional heads of state held another virtual summit after initial negotiations with the military coup...

Two dies as private helicopter crash into a residential building in Lagos

There was pandemonium in the ever busy Ikeja area of Lagos State, Nigeria on Friday, after a private operated crashed in a residential building near the Nigerian immigration Service office in Opebi district.The small helicopter belonging to Quorum Aviation,...

Mali talks end with no decision on transitional government

Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up of a transitional government, a junta spokesman said.West Africa’s regional bloc dispatched negotiators to Mali...

Mali junta, Ecowas discuss transition details – sources

Mali’s military junta and regional mediators on Monday discussed the make-up and goals of an interim administration following an Aug. 18 coup, rather than the possibility of reinstating the ousted president, sources familiar with the talks said.West Africa’s regional...
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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...
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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...

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...