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Boko Haram attack in Borno leaves scores dead, women, children abducted

Jihadists killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state, a regional government spokesman said on Monday.The attack Sunday evening targeted the village of Auno on a key highway...

Over 450 civilians killed in central Mali in 2019

Islamic militants and ethnic-based militias killed more than 450 civilians in central Mali last year, making it the deadliest year in the region since the country’s crisis began in 2012, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Monday.Militants...

Ecowas to investigate impact of Nigeria border closure

West African countries have agreed to conduct an investigation into the impact of Nigeria’s decision last year to close off its land borders to trade, Nigeria’s presidency said on Monday.Nigeria has banned the import and export of all goods...

French soldiers kill over 30 Islamist militants in Mali

French soldiers killed more than 30 Islamist militants in Mali in three separate operations on Thursday and Friday targeting al Qaeda and Islamic State-linked groups, France’s armed forces said.France, the former colonial power in a number of West African...

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh’s home gutted by fire

Gambian ex-president Yahya Jammeh's palatial country residence, where he allegedly administered a self-invented Aids cure, has been partially "gutted by fire", the West African state's army said on Thursday.Located in Jammeh's home village of Kanilai in western Gambia, his...

Malians, Guineans, Senegalese among scores of migrants intercepted on English channel

Ninety people aboard  in6flatable boats, including 15 children, have been intercepted by UK authorities attempting to cross the Channel in one day, the Home Office has confirmed.The total of those picked up on Thursday in a huge search and...

Former Ivorian leader, Gbagbo wants unconditional release by ICC

Lawyers for Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo argued on Thursday that he should be released without conditions while awaiting the prosecution’s appeal against his acquittal at the International Criminal Court.The ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes court,...

Angry Senegalese demand relatives’ evacuation from Wuhan, China

A group of Senegalese families have asked their government to immediately evacuate their relatives from coronavirus-stricken China on Wednesday, after the president said it lacked the means to airlift them to safety.Senegal's President Macky Sall said on Monday that the...

Guinea’s Conde unbending in plan to hold disputed referendum

Guinea’s president is sticking with the plan to revise the West African country’s constitution, as he moves on with preparation for a referendum next month, a move that threatened to further inflame political tensions after a series of deadly...

US, Nigeria hope to resolve immigration visa ban row soon

The United States and Nigeria voiced hope Tuesday that the Trump administration would soon lift onerous visa restrictions slapped on Africa's most populous country, which said it was "blindsided" by its ally.On a previously scheduled visit to Washington, Nigerian...
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UN calls for independent investigation into Cameroon anglophone village massacre

The UN called on Cameroon Tuesday to conduct an independent investigation into the "shocking" killing of 23 villagers in...
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Nigeria military invade community burns homes after sea pirates attack

Nigerian soldiers torched more than 20 homes in a community in the oil-rich Niger Delta after "suspected pirates" killed six people, security sources and...

Police in South Africa hunt for female guard who stole $267k in cash

South African Police are still on the hunt for a female security official who allegedly stole R4m(about $267,000) in cash from her employer, SBV...

Spain searching for over 100 aboard 3 missing migrant boats

Spanish authorities are searching for possibly dozens of migrants missing on three boats en route to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, maritime...

Lesotho 1st lady set for trial in PM’s ex-wife murder March 27

The wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, who is charged with murdering her predecessor, will stand trial on March 17, a magistrate ruled on Tuesday...