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Apr 22, 2015

Billions at risk for Ghana, oil firms from ocean boundary ruling

DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s decision to seek arbitration in a dispute with Ivory Coast over an oil-rich basin in the Atlantic could prove costly for the country and a consortium led by Tullow if a court halts development there.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will rule on Saturday on Ivory Coast’s February request for a moratorium on activity in the basin. The decision is part of legal proceedings on a maritime border dispute sought by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama in September.

Apr 13, 2015

Nigeria election raises hope of peaceful West African polls

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.

Apr 9, 2015

Mali says rebels to initial peace deal, prompting Tuareg denial

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.

Mar 29, 2015

Insight – Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace

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.

Mar 29, 2015

Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace

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.

Mar 25, 2015

Guinea starts testing Merck vaccine in Ebola hotspots

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.

Mar 23, 2015

A year after Ebola discovered, relapses seen in fight to end it

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.

Mar 17, 2015

Guinea Ebola cases rise, three doctors infected

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.

Mar 13, 2015

Watch closely and explain frequently: Liberia’s Ebola lessons

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.

Mar 10, 2015

Africa’s oil “sweet spots” still viable after price rout

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.