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West Africa leaders press Mali junta over transition

Aburi - West African leaders met the head of Mali's military junta on Tuesday to press for the return to civilian rule nearly a month after rebel officers seized power in the fragile state.

W.African bloc urges Mali junta to appoint civilian transition head

Niamey - The West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Monday called on Mali's military junta, which seized power last month, to appoint a civilian to head a transition government by September 15.

Mali junta plans 'transitional' govt as W. African bloc stands by Keita

Bamako - Mali's new military junta said Thursday it would put in place a transitional government as its West Africa neighbours said they would dispatch envoys to help secure "the immediate return of constitutional order" and called for its ousted president to b...

West Africa anti-terror force tops summit agenda

Dakar - West Africa should "think harder" about developing a new anti-terror force, a top regional official said Saturday, as Niger announced the latest deaths among its troops battling Boko Haram jihadists.

West Africa leaders seek to ban full-face veil to prevent attacks

Abuja - West African leaders said Thursday they were seeking to "forbid" women wearing full-face veils in an effort to battle the growing number of female suicide bombers.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

150 ECOWAS's medical personnel groomed for African Ebola crisis

One-hundred-fifty medical personnel from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have been medically trained for an upcoming Ebola crisis response team. With no cure today, the higher the chance that the Ebola virus will soon mutate.

UN approves resolution for military intervention in Mali

Bamako - The U.N. Security Council has approved a motion that provides regional groups 45 days to draw up specific plans for military intervention designed to oust rebels in northern Mali

Mali approves deployment of 3,000 foreign troops

Bamako - The Malian president, Dioncounda Traore, agreed to the deployment of 3,000 troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the outskirts of the capital Bamako. The troops will aid the government regain control of northern Mali.

Ivorian crisis: Challenge to African leaders Special

The political crisis in Ivory Coast is a challenge for the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS and the African Union, AU, says a senior research fellow at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs Professor Bola Akinteriwa.

West African regional bloc ECOWAS suspends Ivory Coast

The Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] on Tuesday suspended Ivory Coast from the 15-memebr region bloc and called on Laurent Gbagbo to step down for new president, Alassane Ouattara.
 

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