West Africa

UK “feels obliged” to help change Ghana laws on homosexuality

UK “feels obliged” to help change Ghana laws on homosexuality

Two months ago United States ambassador Robert Jackson said Ghanaians were “myopic” on the subject of homosexuality.

Randgold says development decision on Senegal project due at yearend

Randgold says development decision on Senegal project due at yearend

Randgold discovered Massawa in 2007 and is one of the larger undeveloped gold deposits in West Africa.

Nkurunziza will not run in the 2020 elections

Nkurunziza will not run in the 2020 elections

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said in a surprise announcement on Thursday that he will not run in the 2020 elections.

Nigerian police arrest man after female accountant who refused sex murdered

Nigerian police arrest man after female accountant who refused sex murdered

The deceased was alone in the factory when she was allegedly accosted by Idowu. Following a brief struggle Hamzat was killed.

MTN Ghana hopes to raise R9.25 billion

MTN Ghana hopes to raise R9.25 billion

MTN’s Ghana business is seeking to raise R9.25 billion in a 35% initial public offering that was to be launched, sources involved in the IPO said.

Gambia's Jammeh on a witch hunt for aunt's death

Gambia's Jammeh on a witch hunt for aunt's death

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh directed sporadic "witch hunts" across the country of 2 million, a practice confirmed by Gambia's government.

Former Ghanaian president can’t run again says lawyer

Former Ghanaian president can’t run again says lawyer

But Mercer outlined how the former president’s intention to run again would be problematic in so far as he understood the 1992 constitution.

Nigeria's military fingered in war crimes

Nigeria's military fingered in war crimes

Nigeria's military has committed crimes against humanity including torture and rape in its fight against Boko Haram, Amnesty International said.

Glencore investigated over DRC dealings

Glencore investigated over DRC dealings

The DRC was “absolutely calm” about the matter, said government spokesperson Lambert Mende.

Burundian opposition leader says he has proof of referendum intimidation

Burundian opposition leader says he has proof of referendum intimidation

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is determined to extend his stay at the helm.

Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine arrive in DRC

Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine arrive in DRC

Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine arrived Wednesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is facing an outbreak of the deadly virus.

Burundi's Nkurunziza’s bid to stay in power could prove problematic

Burundi's Nkurunziza’s bid to stay in power could prove problematic

The charter mandates the AU Commission to "evaluate compliance by States Parties" on matters relating to democracy, elections and governance.

Nigeria looks for $2bn to invest in rail route

Nigeria looks for $2bn to invest in rail route

The completion of Nigeria’s railway projects will cost an estimated $46bn.

Nigeria violence between herdsmen and farmers continues

Nigeria violence between herdsmen and farmers continues

The two groups have been battling each other over land rights.

More than 100 schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

More than 100 schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Government officials from Yobe state acknowledged that another 50 young women remained unaccounted for following the attack on the village of Dapchi.