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Ecowas mediators reach some agreement with Mali coup leaders, but issues remain

Mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc reached agreement on certain points in talks with Mali’s military junta that are aimed at returning the country to civilian rule, the parties said on Sunday, adding that some outstanding issues remained.The negotiations...

Mali’s coup leaders meet ECOWAS mediators seeking return to civilian rule

A key meeting on Saturday between Mali’s coup leaders and mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc seeking a return to civilian rule ended after just 20 minutes.Tuesday’s overthrow of Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been condemned abroad, but...

Ivory Coast rejects Gbagbo and ex-rebel leader Soro’s election bids

Ivory Coast election authorities rejected appeals by former President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro to be allowed to run in the country's October election, an official said Friday.President Alassane Ouattara's decision to contest a third term...

Mali opposition groups march in capital to welcome president’s downfall

Thousands marched Friday in the streets of Mali’s capital to celebrate the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, as the West African nation’s political opposition backed the military’s junta plan to eventually hand over power to a civilian transitional...

Jihadists raze hospital, take hundreds hostage in Borno, Nigeria

Jihadists have taken hundreds of hostages in Kukawa, a town in Borno, northeast Nigeria, where residents had just returned after fleeing their homes, locals and militia sources said Wednesday.They also attacked Magumeri community, razing to the ground, the only...

Mali president forced to resign in apparent coup d’etat

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned at gunpoint on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after soldiers detained him and other senior officials of the government.Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast on...

Mali president and PM detained by mutinying soldiers

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and top government officials were detained on Tuesday by mutinying soldiers in the capital Bamako, plunging the country deeper into crisis.Keita’s detention followed hours of uncertainty after soldiers mutinied in the morning at the...

Gunfire at Mali army base, mutiny or coup d’etat?

Gunfire was heard on Tuesday at an army base outside Mali’s capital Bamako as diplomatic and security sources said a mutiny was under way in the base.Local residents and security sources said there was gunfire at the army base...

Corronavirus palliatives in Nigeria: Tales of corruption and deception

Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are in agony over the distribution of the palliatives running into millions of naira as allegations of thuggery; partiality and wanton corruption mar the exercise. AfricanQuarters investigatesBlessing John was eight months...

Nigeria airports to reopen for int’l flights from August 29

Nigeria Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika has announced that the nation will reopen its airports for international flights starting from August 29, ending a five months closure.The airports have been closed since March 23 to all but essential international flights...
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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...

Ouattara party dares Ivorians, says will hold election with or without opposition

ReutersIvory Coast’s ruling party said on Tuesday it will push ahead with the October election regardless of whether the opposition participate, comments likely to...

Egypt’s Sisi committed to ridding Libya of militia, regional interference

ReutersEgypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of...