Africa

Morocco ‘bans the sale and production of the burka’

Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports. Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock, the reports stated. There was no

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Jammeh’s Gambia election challenge postponed until May

The Gambia’s Supreme Court is unable to hear the petition seeking to annul last month’s election until May, chief justice Emmanuel Fagbenle says. The Nigerian judge due to oversee the seven-member panel was not available till then, he said. Longstanding

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Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political impasse

Gambian information minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say. Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the express will” of the Gambian people,

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Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named

A BBC investigation has identified the man accused of organising the terror attack on a beach that killed 38 people in Tunisia. Chamseddine al-Sandi is described as the “mastermind” behind the attack in documents obtained by Panorama. He is named

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Ivory Coast defence minister freed by mutinous soldiers

Mutinous soldiers in Ivory Coast have released the country’s defence minister after detaining him for two hours in a standoff over pay. Alain Richard Donwahi was held in the city of Bouake by troops who rejected the terms of a

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Mali sends back migrants deported by France

Mali has sent back two people who were deported from France on the same planes they arrived on, questioning whether they were even Malian citizens. The pair were flown to Bamako using European travel permits or “laissez-passez”, not passports or

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Nigeria rice ‘contaminated, not plastic’ – NAFDAC

Lab tests on a consignment of rice seized by Nigerian customs officials show that the product is “contaminated” but not plastic, the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) says. The rice contained bacteria “above permissible limits”, a senior Nafdac

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Boko Haram ‘ousted from Sambisa forest bastion’

The Nigerian army has driven Boko Haram militants from the last camp in their Sambisa forest stronghold, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. “The terrorists are on the run and no longer have a place to hide,” Mr Buhari said in

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Berlin market attack: Tunisia arrests suspect Amri’s nephew

Tunisian security forces have arrested the nephew of the Berlin market attacker Anis Amri and two other suspects, officials say. The Tunisian interior ministry said the three, aged between 18 and 27, were members of a “terrorist cell”, and that

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Nigeria denies ‘plastic rice’ reports

Nigeria’s government has denied reports that “plastic rice” was being sold in the country, days after the customs service said 2.5 tonnes of the contraband had been confiscated. Health Minister Isaac Adewole tweeted that tests by the food safety agency

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Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended

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Kenya’s Cord MPs storm out over ‘fight’

Opposition MPs in Kenya have stormed out of parliament in the capital, Nairobi, saying that they have been assaulted in the house. The chaos came during a debate on changing the electoral laws to allow manual vote-counting for next year’s

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DR Congo anti-Kabila protests ‘leave more than 20 dead’

More than 20 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila’s failure to give up power, a UN official has said. Some of the dead

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Gambia security forces ‘seize election commission HQ’

The Gambia’s security forces have taken over the headquarters of the electoral commission, its chairman says, as the country’s president refuses to accept his loss in recent elections. Alieu Momar Njai told the BBC that staff were barred from entering.

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Nigeria Maiduguri: Two ‘young girls’ used as human bombs

Two girls said to be aged seven or eight have been used to bomb a market in north-east Nigeria, killing at least one other person and wounding 18. Police in the town of Maiduguri, Borno state, say the attack happened

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