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Ethiopia resists mediation as it bombs Tigray capital

Nov 16 2020

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI Ethiopia resisted international pressure for mediation in a war in the country's north on Monday as its air force bombed the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, according to diplomatic and military sources.

Gunmen kidnap American citizen in southern Niger

Oct 27 2020

NIAMEY Six gunmen on motorbikes with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped an American man from his home on the edge of a rural village in southern Niger in the early hours of Tuesday, multiple sources said.

Afreximbank ready to raise up to $5 billion for COVID-19 vaccines for Africa: CDC head

Oct 22 2020

ADDIS ABABA The African Export Import Bank is ready to raise up to $5 billion to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for African countries, the head of the continent’s disease control body told Reuters on Thursday.

Mali junta frees ousted president Keita ahead of regional summit

Aug 27 2020

BAMAKO Coup leaders in Mali have released President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and he has returned home, his representative said on Thursday, a potential sign of good faith a day ahead of a regional summit on the country's political future. | Video

Regional delegation to visit Mali to try to reverse coup as junta, opposition close ranks

Aug 21 2020

BAMAKO West African countries will send a delegation to Mali in an effort to reverse a military coup, presidents from the region said, as an opposition coalition there joined the junta in rejecting foreign interference.

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of 'silent epidemic'

Jul 08 2020

NAIROBI When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.

Exclusive: Virus exposes gaping holes in Africa’s health systems

May 07 2020

NAIROBI African nations are facing a surge of COVID-19 cases with less than one intensive care bed and one ventilator per 100,000 people, a Reuters survey has found. | Video

Race to refine: the bid to clean up Africa’s gold rush

Jan 15 2020

ENTEBBE In a refinery just outside Uganda's main airport, workers slip bars of freshly refined gold into clear plastic bags sealed with a sticker of the national flag - black, yellow and red - and the label "Ugandan's Treasure."

Special Report: How jihadists struck gold in Africa's Sahel

Nov 22 2019

OUAGADOUGOU People around Pama, a West African town on the edge of vast forested conservation areas, had long been forbidden by their government to dig for gold in the reserves, to protect antelope, buffalo and elephants. | Video

Attack on Canadian miner in Burkina Faso threatens gold’s final frontier

Nov 08 2019

NAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG/LONDON As jihadists wreaked ever more havoc in the last two years, mining firms in Burkina Faso rolled out extra security measures, from barracks for government troops protecting them to safe rooms for workers behind barbed wire and mounds.

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