DAKAR, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has removed nine
vessels from its shipping register after an investigation found
they belonged to IRISL, Iran’s embattled shipping line, the head
of the West African state’s maritime authority said on Saturday.
The move comes as Western powers seek to ground Iran’s
global oil carrier fleet by urging countries to deny their flags
to Iranian ships, part of a broader push to curb Tehran’s
nuclear program with economic sanctions.
OUALLAM, Niger, June 14 (Reuters) – The village of Ouallam
in Niger, with its sand-choked alleys, crumbling mud huts and
crippling poverty, is a world away from Athens, Europe’s cradle
of Western civilisation.
So when IMF chief Christine Lagarde said recently she was
more worried about the plight of deprived youngsters in Niger
than the people of Athens – causing uproar in debt-racked Greece
- she earned some fans in this remote pocket of the Sahel.
DAKAR (Reuters) – West African regional bloc ECOWAS plans to send more than 600 troops to Guinea-Bissau in coming days with orders to protect people and institutions after a military coup there earlier this month, a senior ECOWAS source said on Wednesday.
The move could trigger renewed conflict in the impoverished coastal nation after the ruling military junta, which took power in an overnight coup on April 12, said it would treat any deployment of foreign troops as occupiers.
BISSAU, April 5 (Reuters) – Wounded fighting Portugal for
his country’s independence, Flif Ntchuque lived his younger
years in uniform as a hero. Forty years on, he and the rest of
the army of Guinea-Bissau are viewed as villains.
Successive coups, assassinations and accusations of
involvement in drugs smuggling have made the military look more
like a threat to democracy in the West African nation than the
guarantor Ntchuque and his fellow fighters thought it would be.
BISSAU (Reuters) – Guinea Bissau’s former head of military intelligence was shot dead at a bar in the capital Bissau overnight just hours after a peaceful presidential vote, witnesses and a security source said on Monday.
The killing of Colonel Samba Diallo follows a rash of political assassinations in the tiny West African state, a known haven for cocaine smugglers, at a time when the election was meant to usher in a period of greater stability.
BISSAU (Reuters) – Guinea Bissau held a peaceful vote for a new president on Sunday in an election meant to steer the coup-prone West African state towards stability, but which could instead prolong its history of turmoil if the results are contested.
International partners are keen to see the tiny nation, whose president died in January after a long illness, clamp down on rampant drugs trafficking that has made it the main African transit point for South American cocaine bound for Europe.
BISSAU (Reuters) – Guinea Bissau’s former head of military intelligence was shot dead at a bar near his residence in the capital Bissau late on Sunday, hours after citizens voted peacefully in a presidential election, witnesses and a security source said.
The killing of Colonel Samba Diallo follows a rash of political assassinations in the tiny West African state, a known haven for cocaine smugglers, and places a cloud over a vote that was meant to usher in a period of greater stability.
BISSAU, March 18 (Reuters) – Voters in Guinea Bissau cast
their ballots in an election on Sunday which was meant to steer
the coup-prone West African state towards stability, but could
instead extend its decades-long history of turmoil if the
results are contested.
Its international partners are keen to see the tiny nation,
whose president died in January after a long illness, clamp down
on rampant drugs trafficking that has made it the main African
transit point for South American cocaine bound for Europe.
FREETOWN/DAKAR (Reuters) – On a recent mission pursuing pirate fishermen off Sierra Leone’s coast, the head of the Fisheries Protection Unit found himself adrift on the high seas with six crew after their rented motorboat ran out of fuel.
“We started rationing the food and water,” Victor Kargbo said. With no long-range radios to seek help, they improvised a makeshift sail from a tarpaulin, but with only one day’s supply of food and water remaining, they feared the worst.
DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal is heading for its most contentious election in recent history on Sunday overshadowed by political violence and a constitutional row that could sully its enviable reputation as West Africa’s most stable democracy.
President Abdoulaye Wade is seeking a third term against a field of more than a dozen challengers and he appears to have the edge over a divided opposition.