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In another twist in its relations with the outside world, The Gambia has abandoned its longstanding ties with Taiwan, leaving the door open for a strengthened relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
About one million people in Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, are facing severe food shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said.
Police have confirmed the arrest of twenty five people in the Marampa mines area, which is operated by the UK-based London Mining (LM) company.
The recent arrest of at least 25 people in the iron-ore rich Marampa area near Lunsar has brought the problems between mining companies and local communities in Sierra Leone sharply back into focus.
A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced 15 former top officials to 20 years each in prison for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the cocoa and coffee industry.
Muslims in Nigeria say they are being asked to pay well over the odds for rams at this year’s ‘Eid-el Kabir’ celebration. As they got ready for the upcoming feast, would-be buyers of rams said dealers were cashing in on high demand to exploit customers.
Liberia has begun the process of revoking timber permits that were allocated inappropriately over a two-year period, allowing logging companies to claim 40 percent of the country's forests, the head of the Forestry Development Authority said Tuesday.
With publisher and editor Rodney Sieh still in detention after being found guilty of libeling former Agriculture Minister Chris Toe, Liberia’s former Auditor General John Morlu says the plaintiff had been pursuing the wrong target.
According to reports from The Gambia’s Central River Region (CRR), 22 youths detained by the authorities for flouting a ban on playing football have been released.
Nigeria’s rising rice production means the country could soon be slashing rice imports and moving towards rice self-sufficiency. That is the view of Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Adewumi Adesina, who says that the latest rice statistics suggest Nigeria is surpassing its own targets on rice self-sufficiency.