Fifteen gendarmes killed in attack on Mali camp: source

Fifteen members of Mali’s security forces died in a jihadist assault on Sunday at a camp in the centre of the country, military and local sources said. “At least 15 Malian military were killed Sunday in the Sokolo military camp…

French defence chief heads to US to press Sahel case

France’s defence minister departs for Washington on Sunday hoping to convince officials to keep US soldiers in West Africa, where French authorities are under pressure after years of trying to bolster local forces against Islamic extremists. Florence Parly’s visit comes…

Lagos waterfront evictions highlight Nigeria oil and land squabbles

The lagoon waters at the port entrance to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, are usually teeming with small fishing boats. But the bustling waterfront slums of Lagos are now quiet after the navy evicted tens of thousands of residents from their…

Gambians rally seeking dicator’s trial for murder, rights abuses

Hundreds of Gambians marched Saturday in the outskirts of the capital Banjul, demanding justice for sweeping rights abuses and murder they suffered under former dictator Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule. Jammeh ruled Gambia with an iron fist but fled in January…

Libyan state oil firm says output down 75 percent due to blockade

Libya’s oil production has plunged by around three-quarters since forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched a blockade a week ago, the National Oil Corporation announced Saturday. The fall, from 1.2 million barrels per day to just over 320,000,…

Cleaner receives 15 years for stealing Morocco king’s watches

A Moroccan court has sentenced a cleaner to 15 years in prison for the theft of dozens of luxury watches belonging to King Mohammed VI, her lawyer said. The 46-year-old woman worked in a royal household and the judgement was…

Isabel dos Santos’ graft scandal ups stakes for Angola

Allegations of corruption swirling around his predecessor’s daughter have set a crucial test for Angolan President Joao Lourenco in his vow to reform a country rich in oil and tainted by graft. Isabel dos Santos, the 46-year-old billionaire daughter of…

Isabel dos Santos’s Portugal funds embezzled: Angola prosecutor

Angola’s chief prosecutor on Friday said funds that Isabel dos Santos, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from state companies, invested in Portugal had been embezzled from her home country. “Angola believes that the money used for business…

Cholera deepens misery in eastern DR Congo’s ‘forgotten’ crisis

In eastern DR Congo, thousands have fled violence to camps in the remote mountain forests where they battle cholera, hunger and misery in a forgotten humanitarian disaster. Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has long struggled with violence from several militia…

Sudan rebel groups ink key deal on security, land, power sharing

A coalition of nine rebel groups from two conflict areas in Sudan on Friday signed a preliminary agreement with the government after weeks of talks in a key step towards a final peace deal. The peace talks began in October…