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Ghana seeks to become food basket of Africa

Ghana's new agriculture policy to be launched next month will seek to make the country Africa's food basket, Minister of Food and Agriculture Afriyie Osei Akoto disclosed here on Wednesday. Speaking during the Agriculture Development and Value Chain Enhancement...

UN Security Council visit to draw attention to Lake Chad crisis

UN Security Council envoys on Thursday travel to Africa's Lake Chad region, where famine, the Boko Haram insurgency, climate change and poor governance have collided to create one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The 15 ambassadors from the...

Nigeria’s National Assembly as democracy’s poisoned chalice

By Godwin Onyeacholem To say that Nigeria’s National Assembly has been living in infamy since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999 is to understate the severity of the country’s democratic woes. While less endowed but well-meaning and...

Nigeria’s economy shrinks in 2016 for first time in 25 years

Nigeria's economy contracted 1.5 percent in 2016 due to lower oil revenues and a shortage of hard currency, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, its first annual contraction in quarter of a century. Africa's largest economy slid...

Former Tuareg rebels join forces with Malian military in operation against extremists

Malian soldiers and former Tuareg rebels have staged their first joint patrol in northern Mali, a key step in a 2015 peace agreement meant to help calm a region under threat from multiple extremist and other armed groups. As...

Jihadists attack two police posts in northern Burkina Faso

Two police posts in Burkina Faso were attacked by jihadists on Monday night, officials said, just months after 12 soldiers were killed by militants in a raid near the Mali border. It was unclear whether there had been any...

Alpha Conde fires 3 ministers after deadly Guinea protests

Guinea's President Alpha Conde fired three ministers, according to a decree read on state television on Monday, following violent protests over a teachers' strike last week in which seven people were killed and dozens more were injured. Ibrahima Kourouma,...

3 killed by grenade explosion during demonstration in Niger State, Nigeria

Three people, including an army personnel, were killed by a handheld grenade that exploded during a demonstration in a village in Nigeria's central state of Niger, a police spokesman said Sunday. The army personnel was holding the grenade late...

Two suspected foreign jihadists arrested in Senegal

Senegalese authorities have arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse said an operation in...

Islamic militants kill 15 soldiers in patrol ambush in Niger republic

Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach. "A...
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