West and Central Africa Correspondent
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Jul 24, 2015

Special Report: West Africa’s alarming growth industry – meth

DAKAR (Reuters) – When customs officers in the sleepy Senegalese town of Koumpentoum discovered a stash of pills hidden in a bus from Mali in late February, they initially thought it was counterfeit medicine.

They stored the haul, poorly concealed in blue plastic bags and a yellow jerry can, in the back of the customs office. Its owner escaped, slipping away into the sprawl of shacks and hawkers.

Jul 7, 2015

Senegalese risk lives in migrant exodus despite stability at home

SEGOUCOURA, Senegal (Reuters) – Mahamadou Diaby lost his savings of $4,000 in a failed bid to reach Europe that saw him smuggled across the Sahara by migrant traffickers before being shot by police and thrown in jail for six months in Libya.

Back in his sun-baked village of Segoucoura in Senegal – a peaceful but poor West African nation – the 23-year-old says he would do it all over again.

Jun 11, 2015

Insight – Tiny Togo thinks big in pursuit of pan-African dream

LOME (Reuters) – The scale of Togo’s ambition is clear as you fly into the capital, Lome.

Rising above a sandy coastline just 90 miles (145 km) long, is the giant, glass-fronted headquarters of Ecobank, expanding out of the nation of seven million across a continent of more than a billion.

Jun 11, 2015

Insight – Tiny Togo thinks big in pursuit of pan-African dream

LOME (Reuters) – The scale of Togo’s ambition is clear as you fly into the capital, Lome.

Rising above a sandy coastline just 90 miles (145 km) long, is the giant, glass-fronted headquarters of Ecobank, expanding out of the nation of seven million across a continent of more than a billion.

Jun 11, 2015

Tiny Togo thinks big in pursuit of pan-African dream

LOME, June 11 (Reuters) – The scale of Togo’s ambition is
clear as you fly into the capital, Lome.

Rising above a sandy coastline just 90 miles (145 km) long,
is the giant, glass-fronted headquarters of Ecobank,
expanding out of the nation of seven million across a continent
of more than a billion.

May 1, 2015

Insight – Connected and angry, African youth groups push for democracy

DAKAR/KINSHASA (Reuters) – Four years after launching a campaign to get young Senegalese to vote, journalist Fadel Barro found himself in a dark prison cell over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from home in Democratic Republic of Congo, accused of fomenting insurrection.

His journey and brief incarceration in March show how youth movements have linked up across francophone Africa to push for change in a region still dominated by “Big Men” leaders, and how some deeply entrenched governments are resisting.

May 1, 2015

Connected and angry, African youth groups push for democracy

DAKAR/KINSHASA (Reuters) – Four years after launching a campaign to get young Senegalese to vote, journalist Fadel Barro found himself in a dark prison cell over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from home in Democratic Republic of Congo, accused of fomenting insurrection.

His journey and brief incarceration in March show how youth movements have linked up across francophone Africa to push for change in a region still dominated by “Big Men” leaders, and how some deeply entrenched governments are resisting.

Apr 27, 2015

Early Togo election results give president lead; rival cries foul

LOME, April 27 (Reuters) – Togo’s main opposition candidate
complained on Monday of widespread irregularities in Saturday’s
presidential election and called for the announcement of results
to be halted.

Results issued earlier on Monday from six of 42 voting
districts put President Faure Gnassingbe ahead with 64 percent
of the vote and his nearest rival, Jean-Pierre Fabre, on 33
percent. The remaining votes were shared between the three other
candidates.

Apr 26, 2015

Togo’s ASKY seeks new investors, more regional cooperation -chairman

LOME, April 26 (Reuters) – Togo-based ASKY airline is in
talks with potential investors to strengthen its operations
bfargeut leaders should bury pride and ambition to create a
regional carrier serving West and Central Africa, its chairman
said.

ASKY was set up in late 2007 in partnership with Ethiopian
Airlines and seeks to help fill the void created by
the collapse in 2002 of Air Afrique, a regional operator
controlled by Francophone African governments.

Apr 26, 2015

Togo election peaceful, with turnout low, observers say

LOME (Reuters) – Togo’s presidential election took place without major incidents, although turnout appears to have been just over 50 percent, West African and local election observers said on Sunday.

No results have yet been published, but incumbent Faure Gnassingbe is widely expected to win a third term. The vote on Saturday pitted Gnassingbe against four challengers, led by Jean-Pierre Fabre.