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Freed ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo wants passport to return to home

Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, freed conditionally by the International Criminal Court (ICC), has applied for a passport so that he can return home, his lawyer said in a statement Tuesday.Gbagbo is the first head of state to...

ECOWAS propose plans to end Mali political crisis

West Africa’s regional body ECOWAS rose from a virtual meeting on Monday, with a proposal to end the political crisis in Mali before it snowballs into major conflict.Speaking at the opening of the summit, Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufu, who...

Ecowas leaders plan extraordinary talks Monday to end Mali crisis

West African leaders will hold a virtual extraordinary summit on Monday to propose measures to end the deepening political crisis in Mali after five heads of state met with the government and the opposition in the country's capital city...

Ecowas leaders seek end to Mali political crisis

Presidents from five West African countries arrive in Mali on Thursday to try to negotiate an end to a political crisis that has rocked the country and raised fears it could undermine a regional fight against Islamist militants.Infuriated by...

Gunmen kill 11 in Gora Gan village, Kaduna, Nigeria

Motorcycle-riding gunmen in Kaduna, Nigeria have killed 11 people, local government and community leaders said on Wednesday, in the latest violence in the area.The attack on Monday came a day after assailants gunned down 18 wedding guests in a...

Mali opposition declares ‘truce’ ahead of Ecowas leaders visit

Mali's political opposition said it would halt protests in a "truce" ahead of the upcoming Eid festival, as four West African presidents prepare to travel to the country this week for mediation talks to try and resolve a deepening...

Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS proposals for a unity government

An influential opposition group in Mali rejected a proposal by regional mediators on Sunday aimed at ending a political crisis in which at least 11 people have been killed this month during protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.ECOWAS, which...

Mali opposition group insists president must quit

Mali's protest movement on Friday pressed on with a demand for embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to quit, as international mediators tried to defuse the crisis in the insurgency-riven country.At a press conference in the capital Bamako, the June...

Benin govt crackdown on online media ahead of polls

Online media in Benin are facing a complete wipeout after the authorities ordered them to shut down, in a move critics say is aimed at stifling journalists ahead of elections next year.The west African nation's state media regulator issued...

Senegal builds military camp near Mali border to avert ‘cross-border threats’

Senegal on Tuesday began building a military camp near its border with violence-torn Mali to address "cross-border threats (and) trafficking", the defence ministry said.The camp is being constructed at Goudiry in the east of the country, nearly 600km from...
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Son of Angola’s ex-leader handed 5 yrs jail term in $500m graft case

Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno Dos Santos, son of former Angolan president Eduardo Dos Santos to five years...
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Death toll from fighting from disarmament exercise in S.Sudan now 148

The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government...

DR Congo struggle to dislodge armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that...

UN experts accuse top Mali military officials of obstructing peace efforts

United Nations experts have accused senior army and intelligence officials in Mali of deliberately obstructing a shaky 2015 peace accord, originally designed to reduce...

Five dead in Ivory Coast protest against Ouattara 3rd-term bid

Protests against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in the coming election, has left at least five people dead...