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Op-Ed: France leads Europe into War on Terror

After failing to organize an international coalition to battle Muslim extremists in Mali, France has become embroiled in its own “war on terror” as Western allies offer meager support from a safe distance and nearby West African nations stay out.

Photo essay: Yoruba dining etiquette 101. Eating with the fingers Special

Ibadan - In some parts of the world, eating a meal with your fingers is considered vulgar or at best a concession in informal situations. In Nigeria, however, favorite dishes must be eaten with the fingers because they just don't taste right eaten with cutlery.

Cholera outbreak sweeps though West African coastal slums

Lagos - Health officials say that a cholera epidemic, one of the worst in years, is sweeping through the coastal slums of West Africa. The disease is spreading through Freetown and Conakry, capital cities of Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Guinea Bassau promises a warm welcome to Gaddafi

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to never leave the land of his ancestors. If he changes his mind though and fancies trying out exile, he will receive a warm welcome from the West African republic of Guinea Bissau.

Niger forms anti-corruption body

Following concerns that widespread corruption was discouraging investors, an anti-corruption body aimed at stepping up the fight against graft has been created in the uranium rich West African nation of Niger.

Refugees flee Ivory Coast

Thousands of refugees are fleeing violence in the politically unstable Ivory Coast in West Africa. Charity ActionAid reported more than 22,000 refugees have already crossed the border into neighbouring Liberia.

Chocolate manufacturer Hershey linked to child labour

Washington - Hershey, one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S., is lagging behind other companies in taking steps to ensure decent working conditions in its supply chain, a report has said. The company has even been linked to child labour.

Aid agencies say West Africa on the brink of starvation, need aid

Niamey - Two of the largest humanitarian agencies, Oxfam International and Save The Children, are stating that the western region of Africa is on the brink of starvation. The aid agencies launched campaigns that appealed for $10 million just to help Niger.

45 die as bus overturns in Cameroon, West Africa

Yaound - At least 45 people have been killed in a bus accident in the West African nation of Cameroon. Reports say the driver was asleep at the wheel.

Pirate Attacks Spread To West Africa: Tanker Crewman Killed

Pirates have struck in the waters of the West African nation of Benin, killing a sailor. Reports say it is the first attack off Benin and experts warn of more attacks to come in West African waters.

UN to Ground West Africa Humanitarian Air Service

The United Nations said it is shutting down its Humanitarian Air Service in West Africa due to a serious lack of funding.

Polio Campaign Kicks off in West Africa

Fifty-three million children under five are expected to be reached across eight West African countries in a coordinated polio immunization campaign.

Why can't mariners shoot back at Somali pirates?

A very interesting debate is being waged on the website of AFRICOM about the role of Task Force 150. This multinational anti-terrorism task force patrols the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and the Horn of Africa.

WFP Humanitarian Air Service in Jeopardy

World Food Programme (WFP) warned that vital air services providing humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in West Africa are jeopardised by a shortage of funds.

Man returns from holiday with some unwelcome souvenirs

A British man returned from a holiday in West Africa recently, only to discover he had brought maggots home with him. The maggots were found under the man's skin.

Penis Thefts in Congo Raise Fears

West Africa is still enamored with the concept of witchcraft and has recently been deluged with calls to radio shows, the police and rumours of "thefts" occurring to some men.

7 Children Dead In Ivory Coast After Playing With Grenade

On Wednesday, January 2, the police in Ivory Coast explain that seven children between the ages of four and fifteen have been killed after they were playing with a hand grenade that exploded. The country’s disarmament had begun recently.

West Africa Gears Up For The Long March To A Common Currency

ACCRA (dpa) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have once again set themselves a tough assignment - to introduce a single currency in 2004.As a first step, all countries outside the CFA zone are to have a single currency...
 

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The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
The spectre of hunger looms as drought hits West Africa
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Abidjan  capital of Ivory Coast in West Africa
Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast in West Africa
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Thousands of people have been infected with cholera. If untreated  the disease can be fatal.
Thousands of people have been infected with cholera. If untreated, the disease can be fatal.
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The popular perception of male Lions is that they don t hunt and spend most of their day lazing abou...
The popular perception of male Lions is that they don't hunt and spend most of their day lazing about. However, Lions will aid in hunting, and obviously need to hunt if they aren't part of a pride.
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The Republic of Cameroon.
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