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Nov 20, 2014

Guinea imam’s trip to Mali exposes gaps in Ebola response

KOUREMALE/DAKAR (Reuters) – When a sick Muslim imam from Guinea entered Mali at the border town of Kouremale last month, he did not use the main tarmac road with its Ebola checkpoint but took a nearby dirt track.

When his green Mercedes was halted at a second checkpoint and he was asked to return to Kouremale for health checks, , 70, managed to avoid them thanks to the intervention of a village chief, according to border officer Mamadou Diawara.

Nov 19, 2014

Liberia has upper hand over Ebola but support must continue: president

DAKAR (Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Wednesday that her government has the upper hand in the fight against Ebola, but warned against complacency or any reduction in international support.

Liberia’s death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record is higher than any other country at more than 2,800. But the World Health Organization said last week the number of new cases there is slowing. The United States has also trimmed its military force being sent there.

Nov 14, 2014

Chad security agents face first trial over 1980s killings, torture

DJAMENA/DAKAR (Reuters) – More than 20 Chadian security agents appeared in a special court charged with murder and torture on Friday, at the start of the country’s first trial linked to abuses during the rule of ousted strongman Hissene Habre in the 1980s.

Scores of people who said they had suffered at the hands Habre’s secret police packed into the courtroom, some holding signs saying “No to Impunity” and “24 years of waiting”.

Nov 6, 2014

Analysis – Beyond Burkina Faso, Africa’s ‘Black Spring’ hopes may be premature

DAKAR (Reuters) – Inspired by protests in Burkina Faso that ousted one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, opposition activists across much of the continent are hoping for a “Black Spring” to mirror the Arab Spring. The experience of Clement Mierassa suggests their hopes are premature.

Mierassa, an opposition leader in Congo Republic, wanted to capitalise on last week’s uprising that ousted Blaise Compaore after he tried to change Burkina Faso’s constitution to extend his 27-year rule. He organised a meeting to oppose any similar move by his own veteran President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.

Nov 6, 2014

Beyond Burkina Faso, Africa’s ‘Black Spring’ hopes may be premature

DAKAR (Reuters) – Inspired by protests in Burkina Faso that ousted one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, opposition activists across much of the continent are hoping for a “Black Spring” to mirror the Arab Spring. The experience of Clement Mierassa suggests their hopes are premature.

Mierassa, an opposition leader in Congo Republic, wanted to capitalize on last week’s uprising that ousted Blaise Compaore after he tried to change Burkina Faso’s constitution to extend his 27-year rule. He organized a meeting to oppose any similar move by his own veteran President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.

Nov 3, 2014

Chad’s Deby plays for high stakes in Boko Haram talks

DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad’s President Idriss Deby, a wily survivor of rebellions, is looking to bolster his powerbroker role in the Sahel and his nation’s own security by backing peace talks between neighbor Nigeria’s government and Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.

The Boko Haram rebels, whose five-year revolt has killed thousands and caused mayhem in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria, have been threatening Chad’s own frontiers and disrupting cross-border trade.

Nov 3, 2014

Insight – Chad’s Deby plays for high stakes in Boko Haram talks

DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad’s President Idriss Deby, a wily survivor of rebellions, is looking to bolster his powerbroker role in the Sahel and his nation’s own security by backing peace talks between neighbour Nigeria’s government and Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.

The Boko Haram rebels, whose five-year revolt has killed thousands and caused mayhem in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria, have been threatening Chad’s own frontiers and disrupting cross-border trade.

Oct 26, 2014

French general sees reduced regional threat from Boko Haram

DJAMENA (Reuters) – Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram is showing early signs of weakening, reducing the risk of a spillover into neighboring countries in West Africa’s Sahel band, the head of France’s military operation in the region told Reuters on Sunday.

General Jean-Pierre Palasset said there are signs that the militant group’s strength has peaked – even though it has staged a series of deadly raids in Nigeria since the country’s military announced a ceasefire deal last week, as well as battling government forces in neighboring Cameroon.

Oct 24, 2014

Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad said it believed Nigeria’s secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.

The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week. A ceasefire supposed to be part of the agreement has been broken, and a further 25 girls were abducted this week.

Oct 24, 2014

Exclusive: Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad said it believed Nigeria’s secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap.

    The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week. A ceasefire supposed to be part of the agreement has been broken, and a further 25 girls were abducted this week.