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Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

Dakar - Two Sierra Leonean health workers on Friday sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

Why push is increasingly shove in African regime change

Dakar - Regime change in Africa may not guarantee greater democracy but, as Robert Mugabe's downfall shows, patience for autocrats who overstay their welcome is wearing ever thinner, experts say.

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

Dakar - France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

Killers of French journalists in Mali 'in Algeria': campaign group

Dakar - A campaign group for two French journalists murdered in Mali four years ago said Wednesday they had received information that "two or three" people involved in the killings may be in Algeria.

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

Fass - Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally.

Senegal acquits activist for burning cash in anti-colonial protest

Dakar - A controversial West African activist who was arrested in Senegal for burning a bank note in an anti-colonial protest over the regional CFA franc has been acquitted by a Dakar court.

Secrets of the deep: Senegal's slave shipwreck detective

Dakar - Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal's Atlantic waves.He wants more than anything to find them.

Ten held in custody over Senegal stadium disaster

Dakar - Ten members of a Senegalese football club arrested over a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup final have been taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

Senegalese singer charged for remarks against president

Dakar - A Senegalese singer was formally charged with "offending the head of state and broadcasting fake news", her lawyer told AFP Wednesday, after audio of her lashing out at President Macky Sall went viral.

Ten arrested after Senegal soccer stadium deaths

Dakar - Ten football fans have been arrested in connection with a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup match in Dakar, Senegalese police said Tuesday.

Senegal picks MPs after tense election campaign

Dakar - Senegal's voters are set to elect a new parliament Sunday following campaigning wrought with tensions between the rival coalitions of President Macky Sall, his predecessor and Dakar's detained mayor.

Senegal police fire tear gas to break up ex-president's rally

Dakar - Senegalese security forces halted a protest called by former leader Abdoulaye Wade by blocking roads and firing tear gas at his supporters on Tuesday, provoking a tirade against current President Macky Sall from the 91-year-old Wade.

Senegal football club suspended after stadium tragedy

Dakar - Senegal's US Ouakam team was suspended from the country's football federation on Monday after accusations its supporters threw projectiles at rival fans triggering a stampede that left eight dead.

Senegal suspends sports events after football deaths

Dakar - Senegal on Sunday suspended all sports and cultural events until elections at the end of the month, a day after eight people died in a football stadium disaster.

Eight dead in Senegal football stadium crush: minister

Dakar - Eight people were killed during Senegal's football league cup final in Dakar on Saturday, the sports minister told AFP, as a wall collapsed onto clashing supporters triggering a panicked stampede.

Rapper Akon to buy 50% of African music download service

Dakar - Senegalese-American rapper Akon announced Saturday he would purchase 50 percent of African music download service Musik Bi, as the platform struggles to gain a foothold after its launch 18 months ago.

Senegal kicks off fractious legislative campaign

Dakar - Senegal kicked off campaigning Sunday for parliamentary elections later this month, with a record number of candidates vying to weaken President Macky Sall -- including 91-year-old ex-leader Abdoulaye Wade.

'Tontine' microcredit helps Senegal women do business

Ta - After months of waiting, 50-year-old Ndeye Khari Pouye has finally won the "cagnotte de la tontine", a precious jackpot to help feed her chickens and maintain her livelihood.

Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant

Dakar - A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of ruthless dictator, with brutal atrocities the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror.

20 dead after boat capsizes in Senegal: firefighters

Dakar - At least 20 people, the vast majority of them women, were killed when a wooden boat capsized off the coast of central Senegal in a delta region popular with tourists, firefighters told AFP on Tuesday.
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