West & Central Africa Correspondent, Dakar
Bate's Feed
Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to C. African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Some European countries
will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore
order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister
Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday, as more violence was reported
outside the capital Bangui.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to
prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and
largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois
Bozize.

Dec 17, 2013

France says EU countries to send troops to Central African Republic

PARIS/BANGUI (Reuters) – Some European countries will send troops to support a French-African mission to restore order in Central African Republic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

France has deployed 1,600 troops to its former colony to prevent worsening violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois Bozize.

Dec 15, 2013

Central African Republic leader in talks with militias

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic’s interim leader Michel Djotodia is weighing a possible amnesty for militias involved in Christian-Muslim violence that has killed hundreds of people, most of them civilians, in exchange for their disarmament.

The country has been paralyzed by cycles of killing, torture and looting since Djotodia’s mainly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian nation in March.

Nov 11, 2013

Insight: African tech startups aim to power growing economies

DAKAR (Reuters) – When Abasiama Idaresit started a digital marketing firm in Nigeria’s bustling economic capital three years ago, he quickly learned how brutal life can be in a market where tech startups are in their infancy.

No-one would lend him money to hire staff or pay for office space, so Idaresit spent eight months hustling the streets of Lagos, trying to convince clients his plan to help them develop online campaigns was a winner.

Nov 11, 2013

African tech startups aim to power growing economies

DAKAR, Nov 11 (Reuters) – When Abasiama Idaresit started a
digital marketing firm in Nigeria’s bustling economic capital
three years ago, he quickly learned how brutal life can be in a
market where tech startups are in their infancy.

No-one would lend him money to hire staff or pay for office
space, so Idaresit spent eight months hustling the streets of
Lagos, trying to convince clients his plan to help them develop
online campaigns was a winner.

Jun 22, 2013

Al Qaeda says hostages in North Africa alive, open to talks

DAKAR (Reuters) – Eight European hostages, including five from France, being held by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are safe, the Islamist group said in a statement posted on its Twitter account on Saturday.

The statement coincided with rallies across France organized by the families of French hostages who were seized in Niger in September 2010 to mark more than 1,000 days of captivity.

Jun 12, 2013

O3B wins clients with broadband plan for the “other 3 billion”

DAKAR, June 12 (Reuters) – Satellite operator O3B Network
has customers signed up for one third of the capacity on eight
new satellites to be launched by September to provide high-speed
Internet to emerging markets, its chief executive said on
Wednesday.

Steve Collar said 03B aimed to offer fast Internet access at
affordable prices thanks to its low-orbiting satellites aimed at
areas mostly in developing countries where the population lacks
access to broadband connectivity.

May 7, 2013

Equatorial Guinea vote unlikely to be free, fair – right groups

DAKAR (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea’s elections this month are unlikely to be free as the organising body is controlled by the government and the work of observers will be severely restricted, three human rights organisations said on Tuesday.

Voters in the oil-rich Central African state are due to vote on May 26 to choose members of parliament, senators and local councillors in a vote expected to tighten President Teodoro Nguema Obiang’s 34-year grip on power.

May 1, 2013

Guinea on brink of chaos over long-delayed poll

FRIA, Guinea (Reuters) – Failure by Guinea’s politicians to reach agreement for a long-delayed legislative poll is stirring up tribal violence, jeopardizing economic gains and raising fears that the military could once again step in.

The election, first scheduled for 2011, is meant to complete a transition to civilian rule after a military coup in 2008, but has been postponed several times as government and opposition parties remain at loggerheads over the organization of the vote.

Apr 26, 2013

Elephant poaching on rise in chaos-hit Central African Republic

DAKAR (Reuters) – Elephant poachers are taking advantage of the chaos in Central African Republic to hunt down the animals in protected wildlife areas and openly sell their meat in village markets, campaigners said on Friday.

The killings were part of a wider surge in poaching, fuelled by growing Asian demand for ivory, that threatened the region’s entire elephant population, eight organizations said.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
      Languages:
      English, French
    • More from Bate

      Publications:
      Advertising In The News: Paid-For Content And The South African Print Media, HSRC Publishers, 2008
    • Contact Bate

    • Follow Bate