West African leaders to hold summit after the latest coup in Burkina Faso

ABIDJAN-Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an extraordinary summit on Burkina Faso and Mali on Friday, Ivory Coast's information minister said on Wednesday, after military takeovers in both countries.Army officers in Burkina Faso ousted President Roch Kabore on Monday in West Africa's third coup...

Malawian president dissolves cabinet, warning anti-graft chief of misconduct

LILONGWE, MALAWI- Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera on Monday evening dissolved his cabinet and gave a "stern warning" to the anti-corruption chief who made sensitive revelations about alleged high-level corruption in a leaked phone conversation.Chakwera made the announcement in a televised national address after the conversation went viral over the weekend,...

Five persons arrested for deadly stampede in Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Police authority in Liberia announced the arrest and detention of five persons in connection with Wednesday's deadly church stampede, which left around 29 persons, including 11 children, dead.The stampede was triggered by a criminal gang in the area, police chief Patrick Sudue said. He told local media that the...

Liberia signs $53M deal with China Railroad Service Group

MONROVIA-Liberia has signed a deal with the China Railroad Service Group for the pavement of a 100-kilometer road linking the northern region of Ganta with the Tappita corridor.The project is expected to run for 36 months with a defect liability period of one year.The road will resolve many difficulties locals...

The Gambia’s Barrow sworn in for second presidential term

Adama Barrow promises economic progress after he won re-election last month with 53 percent of the first-round vote. Gambian President Adama Barrow has pledged to work to jumpstart the economy as he was sworn in for a second five-year term in office near the capital, Banjul. Barrow, 56, came to...

Pele released from hospital after tumor treatment

SAO PAULO - Brazilian soccer great Pele was discharged from hospital on Thursday after undergoing two days of treatment for cancer, the Sao Paulo clinic that treated him said. Pele, who had a colon tumor removed last year, has been undergoing chemotherapy in the months since. The 81-year old was...

Egypt and Nigeria reach knockouts

Seven-time champions Egypt clinched a place in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last-16 by defeating neighbours Sudan 1-0, a result which sent five other countries, including Ivory Coast, through as well. Meanwhile, Nigeria finished Group D with a third successive win as they beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0, leaving runners-up Egypt...

‘Loss of lives’ as explosion in Ghana destroys buildings

A vehicle carrying explosives used in mining collided with a motorcycle and blew up in western Ghana, causing an unknown number of fatalities and injuring scores of people, the police have said.Videos from the scene posted on social media on Thursday showed a large blast area in which at least...

Algeria dumped out of Cup of Nations after Ivory Coast defeat

Nicolas Pepe scored a superb solo goal as Ivory Coast beat Algeria 3-1 to send the defending champions crashing out of the Africa Cup of Nations following a disastrous Group E campaign. Algeria’s 35-game unbeaten run was ended by Equatorial Guinea in a stunning upset in their last match, and they were outplayed again...