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Niger Kidnappings Show Emboldened Reach of al-Qaida

Funerals have been held in France for two Frenchmen kidnapped in Niger this month and later found dead following a failed rescue attempt by French and Nigerien military forces. The terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. Security analysts say the kidnappings are evidence of the group's...

New Site Gives Senegalese Easier Access to Laws

Legal scholars in Senegal have a new website that makes the country's laws more accessible and gives Senegalese lawyers an opportunity to contribute their own research. The website is the brainchild of a U.S. law professor. Tracy Bach, a professor at the Vermont University School of Law, says she wanted to create a one-stop source for Senegalese...

Artists at World Festival of Black Arts Share Pan-African Vision

The World Festival of Black Arts - also know as FESMAN - brought hundreds of artists from 80 countries to Senegal this December to celebrate black culture. The festival's theme was African Renaissance and many of the artists, such as Wyclef Jean, sang about uniting the countries of Africa into one United States of Africa."If America is the United...

Rebels Attack Southern Senegal Village

Senegalese army spokesman, Colonel Abdourahim Kebe, said Monday that rebel fighters from the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance launched an attack Sunday on a village near the Gambian border.Sources say an army patrol engaged the rebels, leading to violent clashes that led to casualties on both sides, though the rebels have not released...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...

More Training Needed for Doctors to Treat Childbirth Disorder

Surgeons have gathered in Dakar this week to discuss the best methods to fight fistula, which afflicts more than two million women throughout the world. Surgeons and health workers from around the world are gathered in Dakar, Senegal this week to discuss the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula. This type of fistula, which usually occurs...

ECOWAS Recognizes Ouattara as Ivorian President

A bloc of West African countries has recognized Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast's new president, and is calling on incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to step aside immediately. The Economic Community of West African States issued a statement after a meeting Tuesday of seven regional heads of state in Nigeria.The statement called on Mr. Gbagbo to abide by...

New, Affordable Meningitis Vaccine Debuts in Africa

Health officials say a new, affordable vaccine launched this week in Burkina Faso could eliminate recurring meningitis-A epidemics that have plagued the continent for the past century. Health workers say Meningococcal-A epidemics that hit sub-Saharan Africa every seven to 14 years could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new, affordable...

WHO Begins Mass Meningitis Vaccination in Burkina Faso

The World Health Organization is introducing a new meningitis vaccine in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.The new vaccine, called MenAfriVac, provides 10 years of immunity against meningococcal A, a potentially fatal disease that infects the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The WHO says the vaccine is the first designed specifically...

Conservationists Working to Protect Endangered African Manatees

Conservationists in West Africa are working with local fishermen to protect endangered African manatees, which are an important part of both the environment and local folk lore.The distinctive sound can be heard of a manatee - a torpedo shaped marine animal that lives in the Caribbean, South America and along the coast, rivers and wetlands of over...

ECOWAS Court Rules Senegal Must Use Tribunal to Try Hissene Habré

A regional court in West Africa has ruled that Senegal cannot, by itself, try Hissène Habré for war crimes the former Chadian dictator committed during the 1980s. The verdict comes as a green light for the special tribunal human rights lobbyists have long been calling for.The decision reached by the West African Economic Community's regional court...