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...

‘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...

Stampede at Liberia church gathering kills 29

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - A stampede at a church gathering in Liberia's capital Monrovia killed 29 people overnight, the deputy information minister told state radio on Thursday.The incident occurred during an all-night Christian worship event at New Kru Town, a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital, Jalawah Tonpo said."The doctors...

Nigerians react with joy and resolve to lifting of Twitter ban

Authorities lift the months-long suspension on social media giant’s operations after it agrees to meet conditions. Lagos, Nigeria – Solomon Elusoji, a Lagos-based journalist, felt a rush of relief early on Thursday after being able to access Twitter for the first time in seven months. “It feels like freedom,” Elusoji told...