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Westernmost region of the African continent

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West Africa: Westernmost region of the African continent
West Africa is the westernmost region of Africa. The United Nations defines Western Africa as the 16 countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, as well as the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The population of West Africa is estimated at about 381 million people as of 2018, and at 381,981,000 as of 2017, of which 189,672,000 are female and 192,309,000 male.

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France hopes U.S. will have 'good sense' to not withdraw support in Sahel

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday he hoped the United States would have the "good sense" not to withdraw its support for French military operations in West Africa, where al..
Reuters - Published

Ivory Coast is using plastic waste to build schools

The West African country has partnered with UNICEF to transform landfill waste into bricks for schools.
BBC News - Published

Videos for West Africa


West Africa piracy: Regional navies work to curb maritime crime [Video]West Africa piracy: Regional navies work to curb maritime crime

West African states to discuss tackling piracy as region prepares for oil, gas discovered in Senegal, Mauritania waters.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:19Published

West Africa piracy: Regional navies face wave of maritime crimes [Video]West Africa piracy: Regional navies face wave of maritime crimes

The hijacking of ships has doubled in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:16Published

'Hundreds of thousands' killed by counterfeit medicine in Africa [Video]'Hundreds of thousands' killed by counterfeit medicine in Africa

World Health Organization sounds alarm as West African leaders move to crack down on huge illegal trade.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:05Published

France, Sahel nations to bolster military cooperation [Video]France, Sahel nations to bolster military cooperation

Niger replaces military chief ahead of meeting with France and West African states to fight armed groups in Sahel.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:17Published

Meet Bernardina, Chile's baby pygmy hippo [Video]Meet Bernardina, Chile's baby pygmy hippo

Chile's Buin Zoo is celebrating the recent birth of a rare pygmy hippopotamus, as part of its breeding program for the endangered species.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential run-off [Video]Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential run-off

Two former prime ministers went head-to-head on Sunday in Guinea-Bissau's presidential election run-off. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:11Published

West Africa renames colonialism-linked CFA franc [Video]West Africa renames colonialism-linked CFA franc

West Africa's monetary union has agreed with France to rename the CFA franc and cut some links with Paris in a move likely welcomed by those who see the currency as a colonial relic. David Doyle..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:45Published

Security tops agenda as West African leaders meet in Abuja [Video]Security tops agenda as West African leaders meet in Abuja

Regional security and integration dominate agenda as heads of states from across West Africa meet for the ECOWAS summit.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Could Africa's CFA franc currency soon disappear? [Video]Could Africa's CFA franc currency soon disappear?

The future of the French-backed CFA franc currency is coming under increasing scrutiny ahead of a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Abidjan. Serena Chaudhry reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:49Published

Will there stability in west Africa? [Video]Will there stability in west Africa?

Leaders of West African countries meet to discuss security after attacks by armed groups increase

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:15Published

Myanmar leader Suu Kyi departs for genocide hearings amid fanfare at home [Video]Myanmar leader Suu Kyi departs for genocide hearings amid fanfare at home

Myanmar leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi departed on Sunday for the U.N.'s top court in The Hague to defend the country against charges of genocide of its Rohingya Muslim..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

 

Burkina Faso approves state backing for vigilantes fighting jihadists

Burkina Faso's parliament has voted to provide funding and training to local vigilantes in response to the growing firepower of jihadist groups who threaten to overrun government forces across large..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State claims responsibility for Niger army base attack

Islamic State's West Africa affiliate on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in Niger last week that killed at least 89 Nigerien soldiers, according to a statement translated..
Reuters - Published

France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants

France and West African states agreed on Monday to unite their forces under a joint command structure to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region and France will send an extra 220 soldiers to..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron says U.S. exit from West Africa would be bad news

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that a U.S. military withdrawal from West Africa would be a problem for France, but he was confident he could convince President Donald Trump that the..
Reuters - Published

France to send extra 220 troops to fight Islamist militants in Sahel: Macron

France will send an extra 220 soldiers to West Africa to fight Islamist militants after agreeing to create a joint command structure with regional states to fight the growing insurgency in the area,..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron to press West African leaders over Sahel insurgency

President Emmanuel Macron will press five West African leaders on Monday to denounce anti-French sentiment in their countries over Paris's handling of an insurgency by Islamist militants, or risk..
Reuters - Published

Niger army base attack on kills 25 soldiers

Niger and its neighbours are struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in West Africa.
BBC News - Published

Stowaway found dead at Paris airport after Ivory Coast flight: airline

The body of a stowaway has been found in the landing gear of an aircraft that landed in Paris after a flight from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, carrier Air France said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Nigerian police on heightened alert after U.S. killing of Iranian commander

Nigerian police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander in Iraq sparked fears of public disturbances in the West African country, the..
Reuters - Published

Ex-PM wins Guinea-Bissau presidential election

Umaro Cissoko Embalo has pledged to resolve political tensions in the coup-prone West African country.
BBC News - Published

Guinea-Bissau tallies votes from run-off to choose new president

Guinea-Bissau began counting ballots on Sunday after a calm day of voting in a run-off presidential election between two former prime ministers who both promise to bring stability to the turbulent West..
Reuters - Published

Guinea-Bissau votes in presidential run-off between two former premiers

Voters in Guinea-Bissau cast ballots on Sunday in a run-off presidential election between two former prime ministers who both promise to bring stability to the turbulent West African nation.
Reuters - Published

Uruguay seizes record 4.4 tonnes of cocaine in Montevideo

The 4.4 tonne, £765m haul was found in the port of Montevideo bound for Togo in West Africa.
BBC News - Published

West Africa: Is France losing ground to militants?

After attacks in Mali and Niger, questions are being raised about the intervention.
BBC News - Published

West Africa renames CFA franc but keeps it pegged to euro

The West African Economic and Monetary Union has reached an agreement with France to make changes to the CFA franc, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said on Saturday, in a shift away from the former..
Reuters - Published

Revamped West African currency to be launched in 2020: Macron

A new version of a common currency in West Africa will be launched in 2020, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
Reuters - Published

West Africa economic bloc agrees changes to CFA franc with France: Ivorian president

The West African Economic and Monetary Union has reached an agreement with France to make changes to the CFA franc, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said on Saturday, in a historic shift away from..
Reuters - Published

India says 20 crew kidnapped from tanker off West Africa

India's foreign ministry said on Monday that 20 of its nationals had been kidnapped from an oil tanker in West African waters.
Reuters - Published

Pirates release three oil tanker crew kidnapped off Togo

Pirates have released three crew taken hostage from a Greek oil tanker off the coast of the West African country of Togo in November, the vessel's manager said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

West African court voids Sierra Leone's ban on pregnant schoolgirls

West Africa's top court on Thursday ordered Sierra Leone to revoke a ban on pregnant girls in school, a move activists hope could lead to challenges against similar laws across Africa.
Reuters - Published

Macron conditions troop presence in Sahel on West African clarifications

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday demanded West African leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France's military to continue its operations against Islamist..
Reuters - Published

Macron wants Sahel leaders to clarify stance on French military operation in region

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he wanted a clarification from west African leaders on France's military operation in the Sahel region.
Reuters - Published

After Mali deaths, Macron assesses Sahel options hoping for EU help

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the military on Thursday to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more after 13 soldiers died during a..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State says it caused French army helicopter collision in Mali

Islamic State said on Thursday that its West African branch had caused a helicopter collision in Mali in which 13 French soldiers were killed this week, but it did not provide any evidence for its..
Reuters - Published

Macron tells army: 'all options open' in Sahel after Mali deaths

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he has ordered his military to assess its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and all options are open, after 13 soldiers died during a..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria meets with West African neighbors on border closure

Nigeria met with its West African neighbors on Tuesday over its land border closure, with the African giant insisting on levying duties on goods transiting to its country through neighboring nations to..
Reuters - Published

Special Report: How jihadists struck gold in Africa's Sahel

People around Pama, a West African town on the edge of vast forested conservation areas, had long been forbidden by their government to dig for gold in the reserves, to protect antelope, buffalo and..
Reuters - Published

France takes aim at Saudi over failed West Africa commitments

France's armed forces minister criticized close ally Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for failing to honor commitments it made almost two years ago to provide millions of euros to a West African..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria to form border force with neighbors Benin and Niger to fight smuggling

Nigeria and neighboring countries Benin and Niger have agreed to set up a joint border patrol force to tackle smuggling between the West African countries, they said in a communique on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Rohingya crisis: The Gambia accuses Myanmar of genocide at top UN court

The west African nation accuses Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority at top UN court.
BBC News - Published

Guinea-Bissau newly appointed PM resigns under pressure from Ecowas

Guinea-Bissau's newly appointed Prime Minister Faustino Fudut Imbali handed in his resignation on Friday after an ultimatum was given by West African regional bloc ECOWAS, the president said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. imposes sanctions on leader of Mali Islamist militant group

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a leader of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist militant group in Mali and warned the influence of Islamic State in West Africa was on the rise even as it..
Reuters - Published

Many still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 and wounded 60 in the worst such attack in the West..
Reuters - Published

Burkina Faso: Gunmen ambush mining firm convoy and kill 37

Five buses are ambushed by gunmen in the West African country, where jihadist violence is rife.
BBC News - Published

Pirates kidnap four crew from Greek boat off Togo: Togo navy

Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo in the early hours of Monday and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nation's navy said, two days after a similar..
Reuters - Published

Benin authorities open investigation after nine people abducted by pirates

Benin authorities have opened an investigation after pirates abducted nine people from a Norwegian-flagged boat off the coast of the West African nation, the port of Cotonou said.
Reuters - Published

Militants kill 54 in attack on Mali army post; IS claims responsibility

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, the government said, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country's military in..
Reuters - Published

54 killed in militant attack on Mali army post

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, the government said, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country's military in..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's border crisis fuelled by rice

Nigeria has closed its borders bringing checkpoints to a standstill and affecting West African trade.
BBC News - Published

How coastal erosion destroyed a Ghanaian village

Sea erosion continues to wreak havoc along West Africa's shoreline, threatening communities.
BBC News - Published

Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Soro to run for president

Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro has announced he will run in next year's presidential election, a vote seen as a major test of stability in the West African country after two civil wars..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria seeks anti-sexual harassment law after BBC #SexForGrades film

The bill follows a BBC film that exposed alleged sexual misconduct at universities in West Africa.
BBC News - Published

Al Qaeda affiliate claims deadly attack on Malian army

Al Qaeda's West Africa affiliate on Tuesday claimed responsibility for coordinated, deadly attacks last week on two army bases in central Mali, it said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

'Sex for grades': Undercover in West African universities

What happens behind closed doors at some of the West Africa’s most prestigious universities.
BBC News - Published

Dakar's Massalikul Jinaan mosque: The 'biggest in West Africa'

Massalikul Jinaan mosque opens in Dakar, Senegal after seven years of work.
BBC News - Published

World losing ground against violence in Sahel, U.N. says

West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiraling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading towards the Gulf of Guinea, the United Nations..
Reuters - Published

West African leaders pledge $1 billion to fight Islamist threat

West African leaders have pledged $1 billion to combat the spiraling threat of Islamist militancy in the region, the head of the regional ECOWAS bloc said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Sierra Leoneans sue government for alleged environmental failings at diamond mine

Sierra Leoneans living next to the country's largest diamond mine are taking their government to West Africa's regional court for failing to protect them from alleged environmental lapses by the..
Reuters - Published

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