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Christophe Parayre

French seize Abidjan airport as battle rages

The French army took over Côte d'Ivoire's main airport on Sunday as the battle for Abidjan dragged into a fourth day.

Guinea faces difficult political transition

Guinea is entering a delicate transition due to end within six months, with the first democratic presidential elections since 1958.

Kidnapping lucrative for al-Qaeda in north Africa

Kidnapping has become a lucrative business for al-Qaeda's north African branch, experts said on Tuesday.

Africa wants polluters to pay for climate change

Africa will demand billions of dollars in compensation from polluting nations at a UN climate summit for the harm caused by global warming.

Guinea: A country blighted by its ‘sick army’

The Guinean army that turned a peaceful demonstration into a bloodbath is powerful and difficult to reform while it holds power, analysts say.

African incomes to drop for first time in 15 years

Per capita income in Africa will fall in 2009 for the first time in 15 years, the head of the African Development Bank warned on Tuesday.

Opposition slams delay to Guinea’s first free vote

Guinea's opposition leaders have slammed the electoral commission's decision to postpone the country's first free elections since independence.

Food prices: Africa shows first signs of trouble

Recent violent unrest over soaring food prices in several West African nations points to new signs of trouble on a continent where nearly half the people live on a dollar a day, experts warn. After Mauritania and Morocco, Senegal this week was the latest country hit by violent protests.

Abdallahi wins Mauritania’s presidential vote

Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi won Mauritania's historic presidential election with 52,85% of the vote, the interior minister said on Monday. Ould Abdallahi, who was backed by supporters of Mauritania's ousted dictator Maaouiya Ould Taya and who has vowed to become a ''reassuring president'', beat Ahmed Ould Daddah in the second-round run-off of the poll.

Senegalese to elect new president

After a historic change of power in 2000, Senegal, one of Africa's oldest democracies, elects a new president on Sunday. Voters have a simple choice: to give a new mandate to incumbent 80-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, who promised much but disappointed some, or to turn the page with one of the 14 other candidates.

Senegal to mark birth of poet-president Senghor

Senegal will mark on Monday the 100th anniversary of the birth of "poet-president" Leopold Sedar Senghor, whose political and literary legacy will be honoured in events across the West African country in December. Senghor, who became Senegal's first president after it gained independence in 1960, helped develop the concept of Negritude, or pride in black African culture.

Africa: The world’s ‘septic tank’

''We talk of globalisation, of the global village, but here in Africa, we are under the impression of being that village's septic tank,'' says Senegalese ecologist Haidar al-Ali. A series of pollution scandals, ranging from the discharge of toxic waste in Côte d'Ivoire to radioactive tanks in Somalia, show that Africa's poverty, corruption, and non-existent or malfunctioning democracies make it the world's preferred dumping ground.

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