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Talks open in Togo between government and opposition

Lom - Long-awaited talks between Togo's government and the opposition began on Monday to try to end a six-month political stand-off that has seen thousands take to the streets in almost weekly protests against the ruling party.

New protests in Togo as efforts to start talks stall

Lom - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Lome on Saturday for the third time this week to demand the exit of President Faure Gnassingbe, with little sign of progress on promised talks.

Togo president blames opposition for violence

Lom - Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has accused the opposition of orchestrating violence that has killed at least 16 people in massive anti-government protests across the country.

Togo opposition leader calls on France for help

Lom - French President Emmanuel Macron was on Friday urged to step in to help find a solution to an increasingly violent power struggle between Togo's opposition and the government.

'Three killed' in Togo opposition clashes

Lom - Togo's opposition on Thursday said three people were killed and dozens more injured as gangs of youths clashed with security forces trying to prevent the latest anti-government protest in the capital.

Tension in Togo over banned opposition marches

Lom - Several cities in Togo were tense on Wednesday following clashes between opposition supporters, soldiers and police as demonstrators prepared to hold another anti-government protest the authorities have branded illegal.

Northern Togo: an unlikely place for a protest movement

Kara - With its dirt roads of red earth, children playing with old tyres and succession of dilapidated mosques, northern Togo is an unlikely home for a movement that's challenging Africa's longest-ruling political dynasty.

Togo readies for fresh protests amid charges of repression

Lom - Opposition parties in Togo readied for a second day of demonstrations on Thursday over the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty, amid accusations of harsh repression by the security forces.

Togo ruling party calls rally to drown out opposition

Lom - Togo's ruling presidential party on Monday urged supporters to take to the streets to coincide with planned opposition demonstrations against the slow pace of political reform.

Togo panel approves controversial constitutional reform plan

Lom - A parliamentary panel in Togo on Friday approved a controversial bill to revamp the constitution and introduce a presidential term limit, after days of protests against the regime of Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty.

Togo opposition unconvinced by reform bill proposal

Lom - Togo opposition leaders on Sunday said they were not hopeful of political change, as parliament prepared to discuss potential constitutional reform after days of huge anti-government protests.

Police fire tear gas at anti-government protests in Togo

Lom - Riot police fired tear gas at massive crowds gathered in Togo's capital late Thursday, breaking up the huge opposition protests against President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.

Huge protests in Togo for constitutional reform

Lom - A mass rally in Togo on Wednesday heaped pressure on President Faure Gnassingbe to enact constitutional reform, as opposition leaders warned against any attempt to delay change.

After Rwanda, now Togo looks to join the Commonwealth

Lom - Diplomatic talks and visits by experts are gathering pace in Togo as the former French colony looks to follow another Francophone nation and join the Commonwealth.

Togo police fire tear gas at protest for media rights

Lom - Police fired tear gas at hundreds of people Saturday as they marched through Togo's capital to protest the shutdown of two private media channels.

African nations hail maritime deal

Lom - African leaders on Saturday signed a deal to boost security off the continent's economically crucial coasts, hoping to shore up development by tackling maritime crimes like piracy and smuggling.

Togo voodoo market helps the sick and politicians

Lom - Lucien Yekpon, a Lome traditional healer, sat on a stool surrounded by voodoo objects -- skulls, feathers, statuettes -- to place his hand on the head of a patient and recite incantations.

Togo votes for a new president

Lom - Togo went to the polls in presidential elections on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century.

Op-Ed: The Top 5 Influential Africans of 2014

This has been a very busy year for numerous African countries and there are many exceptional leaders who stand out and deserve the recognition.

Justin Bieber arrested in Miami

Miami - Justin Bieber has a huge Twitter following, but in recent months he has been making news for all the wrong reasons, and has now been arrested for drag racing and DUI and driving on a expired licence and resisting arrest.
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