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Higher Fuel Taxes Driving Togolese Motorists to Black Market

Higher fuel taxes in Togo are driving motorists to the black market for gasoline and diesel as service stations lose customers to the illegal trade. A five percent increase in Togolese fuel taxes has created a thriving black market for motorists unwilling to pay the equivalent of $1.24 for a liter of unleaded petrol when that same fuel was...

Burkinabé Soldiers Face Prosecution After Mutiny

At least 57 mutinous Burkinabé soldiers now face prosecution after government troops violently squashed a rebellion at a military camp outside Burkina Faso's second-largest city this weekend.   The government sent a joint force of presidential guardsmen, parachute commandos and police on Friday to the country's commercial capital, Bobo Dioulasso,...

Ivory Coast Government Pledges Reconciliation

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's new government starts its first full week of work with ministers taking a census of federal workers and an inventory of equipment.Former rebel leader Guillaume Soro continues as prime minister - a post he held in the Ouattara government named after November's disputed election and in the coalition...

Burkina Faso Regime Under Strain, Analysts Say

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is facing what appears to be the stiffest resistance ever to his nearly quarter-century rule of the West African nation. Analysts are seeing connections between Burkina's unrest and the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Hundreds of military rank-and-file, just 200 miles from this nation's capital, fired...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

N. African Migrants Risk Lives to Reach Italian Island

More than 30,000 migrants have arrived from north Africa on the tiny southern Italian island of Lampedusa, so far, this year.  Most of the migrants leave the coasts of Tunisia and Libya onboard rickety fishing boats.  Thousands of people have died making the journey.  Despite the dangers, the ongoing violence in Libya is forcing many more people...

Africa's Governments Confront Social Media Protests

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has condemned the Uganda Communications Commission for ordering telecom companies to block access to social networking websites.  The order came earlier this month as activists were planning protests against higher prices and corruption. The commission said it took the action to reduce the threat of violence....

Burkina Faso to Address Soldiers' Grievances

Burkina Faso's army commander says the government will work with soldiers to resolve the grievances that led to unrest that erupted last week.General Nabere Honore Traore announced the decision on Tuesday, a day after members of the elite presidential guard released a statement apologizing for the unrest. Last Thursday, soldiers in the capital,...

Students Join Protests in Burkina Faso

The unrest continues to spread in Burkina Faso, with students staging violent protests in Koudougou as army protests expanded to a fourth city.Student protesters burned down the headquarters of the ruling party in Koudougou Monday, and also set fire to the former prime minister's house.  Meanwhile in the northern city of Kaya, soldiers and police...

Ivory Coast Confronts Issues of Immigrant Identity

The new government of Ivory Coast comes to power in a country divided by years of often-violent debate about what it means to be Ivorian. Founding father Felix Houphouet-Boigny offered work to thousands of West African immigrants as part of his drive to make Ivory Coast the world's largest cocoa producer. Start of "Ivorianess" But when cocoa...

Burkina Faso Capital Calm After Overnight Curfew

Burkina Faso's capital is quiet Sunday after an overnight curfew that followed an army mutiny.  Few shops were open in Burkina Faso's capital, but cars and motorbikes returned to the streets after President Blaise Compaore's government imposed an overnight curfew when merchants rioted because mutinous soldiers looted their shops.The traders set...

Burkina Faso Merchants Join Protest Fray

Unrest in Burkina Faso is continuing for a third day with soldiers shooting into the air and looting shops while merchants riot against the damages they have suffered. Hundreds of shopkeepers set fire to the headquarters of Burkina Faso's ruling party Saturday, saying they were angry at soldiers who looted and destroyed their merchandise and at...

Ivory Coast Conflict Displaces Nearly Two Million

Despite the capture of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, the humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] has appealed for more than $41 million to provide aid to displaced people. Fighting not yet over “Our understanding is that the situation is not yet resolved in...

UN Refugee Chief Warns Ivory Coast Conflict Could Spillover to Liberia

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, warns the conflict in Ivory Coast could spillover to Liberia and have a major destabilizing affect in all of West Africa.  The refugee chief has just returned from a series of missions, including one to Liberia at the border with Ivory Coast.  U.N. refugee chief, Antonio Guterres, calls...

Libya Conflict Could Create Crisis to the South, Analysts Say

Libya's southern neighbors appear ill-equipped to deal with the wave of refugees, mercenaries, and unemployed men that analysts fear is likely to come from the fighting in Libya.  The Niger desert town of Dirkou sits more than 1,600 kilometers due south of Libya's coastline where rebels are fighting with Western support to oust Libyan leader...