DAKAR (Reuters) – Nigeria’s relatively peaceful elections have set the bar high for a string of votes this year across West Africa, though tensions in Guinea remain a concern, the United Nations’ top regional official said.
Last month Muhammadu Buhari ousted an incumbent president democratically for the first time in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country. The results of Nigeria’s governor elections also showed a swing toward Buhari’s party on Monday.
BAMAKO/DAKAR (Reuters) – Mali announced on Thursday that northern rebels would give preliminary approval to a U.N.-brokered peace proposal next week but a northern Tuareg separatist group said it was not ready to back a deal.
Despite mounting pressure from the government and Algerian-led mediators, the Tuareg-led separatist coalition has so far refused to initial the accord, saying it did not grant enough concessions to the desert region they call Azawad.
DAKAR (Reuters) – Mediators in northern Mali’s conflict underestimated the radicalisation of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal.
Gambling on pushing through an agreement, Algerian mediators organised only a handful of face-to-face meetings between the government and the Tuareg-led insurgents, participants said; too few to overcome the mutual mistrust accumulated by four rebellions in the desert north since independence in 1960.
DAKAR (Reuters) – Mediators in northern Mali’s conflict underestimated the radicalization of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal.
Gambling on pushing through an agreement, Algerian mediators organized only a handful of face-to-face meetings between the government and the Tuareg-led insurgents, participants said; too few to overcome the mutual mistrust accumulated by four rebellions in the desert north since independence in 1960.
CONAKRY/DAKAR (Reuters) – Guinea started testing an experimental Ebola vaccine from Merck and NewLink Genetics on affected communities this week, in a move officials hope will accelerate the end of an epidemic first detected a year ago.
But some worry about violent reactions from communities fearful about healthcare workers’ intentions in a country where resistance to the anti-Ebola campaign has been strongest.
DAKAR, March 23 (Reuters) – Lapses that fuelled the Ebola
outbreak after it was first discovered a year ago are dogging
the final stages of the fight against the virus as fatigue and
complacency set in, delaying the end of the deadly epidemic.
Three doctors were discovered to be infected with Ebola at a
hospital in Guinea’s capital Conakry last week in what health
reports and government officials blamed on a failure to
implement basic measures for infection control.
CONAKRY/DAKAR (Reuters) – Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures.
The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data.
MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – Seven months after Ebola paralysed Liberia’s capital, Friday marked 21 days since the country registered a case of the virus – offering lessons to its neighbors on the importance of surveillance and education in beating the deadly epidemic.
At the peak of Liberia’s outbreak, the world watched in alarm as patients died on the pavement outside hospitals in the capital Monrovia while the government failed to build treatment centers and recruit staff fast enough.
DAKAR, March 10 (Reuters) – African oil explorers will keep
drilling in select locations such as onshore east Africa and
less complex projects off the West African coast even with oil
at $60 a barrel, executives and analysts told Reuters.
But they warned that African governments with reserves in
less attractive locations should revise terms now or forfeit the
investment, leaving the oil and gas underground.
DAKAR/ZURICH (Reuters) – Africa-focused Tullow Oil’s (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) exploration budget will never return to a peak target of $1 billion, although spending could double from current levels starting next year, its CEO told Reuters.
African drilling projects are among the most expensive in the world and many explorers are cutting spending, especially offshore, after the oil price rout.