Gambian defence chief pledges allegiance to new president
Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says.
Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says.
Gambia's newly sworn-in president last night ordered the country's armed forces to abandon any loyalty to former dictator Yahya Jammeh, as troops from neighbouring Senegal crossed the border to oust him.
Senegal's army spokesman said its troops have entered Gambia to get former leader Yahya Jammeh to cede power to the country's newly inaugurated president.
British holidaymakers told of a "chaotic" scramble to get on flights out of Africa when they landed home from crisis-torn Gambia.
Thousands of Western holidaymakers were being evacuated from the Gambia last night as West African troops massed on the border to topple the country's resident dictator.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning Irish people to avoid non-essential travel to Gambia, in light of political unrest in the country.
A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp yesterday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers, a Borno state official said.
Nigeria's air force killed 50 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the northeast on Tuesday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. The military said the strike had targeted Boko Haram.
A journalist who has been jailed seven times after criticising the Ethiopian Government’s detainment of journalists as suspected terrorists has appeared in court as a witness in a terrorism trial.
Wildfires raging in South Africa's wine region have destroyed part of one of the country's oldest estates, while some mountain slopes in Cape Town also burned, authorities said.
A suicide car bomb exploded at a checkpoint outside the main African peacekeepers (AMISOM) base in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, police said.
A pair of Instagram-famous sisters have been arrested for allegedly extorting and bullying a billionaire.
A suicide bomber in the northern Cameroon town of Mora killed a young student and a woman in an attack on a market full of Christmas shoppers, an aide to the governor of Far North region said on Sunday.
The Boko Haram extremist group has been driven from its last forest stronghold with fighters on the run and nowhere to hide, Nigeria's president said.
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Security forces in Congo killed at least 26 demonstrators and arrested scores more amid protests against President Joseph Kabila's hold on power, a rights group said.
A man in his twenties has married his 13-year-old step-sister after making her pregnant.
The U.N. children's agency and Malawi's government are teaming up to test whether drones could make aid delivery faster and more effective during humanitarian disasters, such as floods and droughts which affect millions of people every year.
A motorcyclist who was declared dead at the scene of an accident was found alive in a mortuary fridge the next day.
Two girl suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 17 at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a spokesman for state emergency agency NEMA, Sani Datti, said.
Mortuaries overflowed with bodies yesterday from a church collapse in southern Nigeria that killed at least 160 people, as worshippers said construction of the building had been rushed.
An explosion inside Cairo's Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people, most of them women, and injured 49, Egypt's state television said.
A runaway tanker carrying volatile gas has slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 33 people and injuring 10, officials said.
The roof of a crowded church has collapsed on to worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people, witnesses and officials said.
AN Irish priest is being hailed for a conflict resolution project which is helping to end centuries of hate between rival tribes in Kenya.
AUTHORITIES in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said.
THE Government has launched a business guide to Kenya following a surge in trade between the two countries.
Kenya has officially joined in Ireland’s Centenary commemorations with an exhibition featuring 100 years of Irish involvement in the country.
A new vaccine against HIV could be "the final nail in the coffin" for the disease, scientists say.
At least 19 people have been killed in two days of fighting between Ugandan forces and a tribal militia in a remote district near the border with Congo.
In Zimbabwe, where worthless $100 trillion notes serve as reminders of the perils of hyperinflation, president Robert Mugabe is printing a new currency that jeopardises the economy and his own long grip on power.
TWO white South African men appeared in court on Wednesday on charges of assault and kidnapping after a video showed them forcing a wailing black man into a coffin.
Oscar Pistorius has been moved at his request to a prison that is better able to accommodate disabled offenders, the South African government has said.
A former British policeman will swim up to 12 hours a day for four months in a bid to make history by crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America.
A Zimbabwean court has thrown out charges against a local hunter accused of failing to stop the killing of the country's most prized lion by an American dentist.
The Nigerian army has rescued one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists more than two years ago in a raid on a forest hideout.
Two Italians and a Canadian citizen who were kidnapped and held hostage in Libya have been freed and returned safely to Italy.
When Fatim Jawara's family pleaded with her to abandon the perilous journey she had embarked on to cross the Mediterranean, she told them she wanted to "follow her destiny" and fulfil her dreams of playing football in Europe. But the teenage goalkeeper of Gambia's national women's football team never made it to Italy as she planned. She was among at least 239 migrants believed to have died when the rickety...
Survivors said as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, the UN refugee agency said yesterday, bringing this year's toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in hazardous Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record.
A British banker has been found dead and tied up at his home in an upmarket region of South Africa.
A man who posed as a South African prosecution official and targeted Oscar Pistorius in a scam attempt has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Thousands of outraged Moroccans held protests in several cities on Sunday after a fishmonger in the northern town of Al-Hoceima was crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by police.
A man has been shot dead after stabbing a policeman guarding the perimeter wall of the US Embassy in Nairobi, officials in Kenya say.
Twelve people have been killed in an extremist attack targeting non-Muslims in Mandera County near Kenya's border with Somalia.
A Brussels summit today will endorse pilot projects to pressure African governments via aid budgets to slow an exodus of people north across the Sahara and Mediterranean.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dismissed criticism voiced by his wife Aisha Buhari in a BBC interview, saying she belonged in the kitchen and he had "superior knowledge" about running a government.
Gunmen raided the house of a U.S. aid worker in central Niger overnight, killing his two guards before driving him off across the desert towards Mali, the mayor of the town said on Saturday.
Some 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists more than two years ago have been freed, Nigerian officials say.
AT LEAST 52 people were crushed to death in a stampede after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an anti-government protest at a massive religious festival in Ethiopia.
Several dozen people have died in a stampede in Ethiopia after a religious celebration turned into an anti-government protest that led police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets.
Families have urged Egyptian authorities to step up rescue efforts after a boat carrying African migrants heading to Europe capsized off the Mediterranean coast near Alexandria, killing at least 42 people.
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