West Africa

President Ali Bongo.

Vice President takes over amid Gabon President Bongo’s illness

President Bongo has been in a Saudi hospital after suffering a stroke last month

Cameroon

Over 30,000 Cameroonian refugees arrive Nigeria – UN

Violence in Cameroon’s primarily English-speaking north-west and south-west areas has worsened over the past year.

Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama meets with political leaders ahead of Guinea Bissau’s general election

Guinea Bissau postpones legislative elections

The elections will now hold sometime in December.

Cameroon to inaugurate president-elect Biya on Tuesday

The 85-year-old Biya won the presidential poll in October.

West Africa countries lose $7 billion dollars to Ebola – Official

The official says nearly 12,000 people died from the epidemic in 2014.

Journalists

West African journalists strategise on media development

The deliberation is part of events at the ongoing West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).

Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio. [PHOTO CREDIT: TimesLIVE]

China defends $318 million airport project after Sierra Leone halts construction

Sierra Leone’s former president, Ernest Bai Koroma, began construction in March, shortly before he lost power.

George Weah

US Congress calls on Liberia to implement truth commission’s recommendations on war crimes

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution.

Mali on map

Mali’s President Keita takes oath of office for 2nd term

Mr Keita took his oath before Supreme Court judge Nouhoum Tapily

Mali on map

France says it killed top Islamic State official in Mali operation

The defence ministry, in a statement, named him as Mohamed Almouner.

Mali President Keita wins re-election

The victory hands Keita a second five-year term.

Mali on map

Mali election witnesses low turnout due to security fears, others

Turnout is usually about 40 per cent in Malian elections.

President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian President sacks energy minister

President Akufo-Addo appointed Mr Agyarko as minister of energy in January 2017.

Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara. [Photo credit: ThisIsAfrica.me]

Côte d’Ivoire’s Pesident Ouattara grants amnesty to wife of ex-leader Gbagbo

She had been tried and convicted in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Mali on map

Date announced for Mali’s presidential run-off election

Many of the eight million eligible voters cast their ballots on July 29.

Ghana on map

Ghana President swears in new election chief

The former official was sacked last month.

Mali on map

Mali presidential poll mostly peaceful – UN

The UN department said it hoped that the vote tally would be held in a transparent manner.

Mali on map

UN chief urges peaceful presidential poll in Mali

There are 24 other presidential candidates in the election.

Malian Soldiers

Armed protesters shut down Mali’s Timbuktu days before vote

Malians will vote on Sunday in a presidential election

Mali on map

Mali airport hit by shelling 6 days before election

The government says the election, due on July 29, will go ahead despite the turmoil.

The court drawing is Woewiyu and his lawyers.

Former Charles Taylor’s deputy convicted in U.S.

Thomas Woewiyu was convicted on 11 counts of criminal immigration fraud.

Mali on map

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims attack on French troops in Mali

The group said the attack was a message to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Cattle herd used to illustrate the story.

Farmers, herders conflict, a West African problem — ECOWAS

The violent clashes between farmers and herdsmen are not peculiar to Nigeria alone, Mr Eyadema says.

President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Ghana President fires electoral commission chief

Ghana will next hold presidential elections in 2020.

Taliban Militants

Mali Islamists release video of French, Colombian hostages

Both women address the camera directly, one after the other.