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West Africa bloc lifts coup sanctions on Niger in a new push for dialogue to resolve tensions

Feb. 24, 2024 11:42 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS said Saturday that it is lifting travel and economic sanctions imposed on Niger that were aimed at reversing last year's coup in the country in a new push for dialogue as it also renewed calls on three junta-led nations to...

After coups, West African nations hurry to leave the regional bloc that opposed military takeovers

Feb. 08, 2024 14:21 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The coup-hit nations of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are in haste to quit West Africa’s regional bloc without following its rules of exit, the body said Thursday as its ministers met to deliberate on growing division and political tension in the region. At...

Blinken pitches the US as an alternative to Russia's Wagner in Africa’s troubled Sahel

Jan. 23, 2024 19:37 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pitched the United States as a better security partner for Africa in place of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, which he accused of exploiting coup-hit and conflict-hit nations in the continent's Sahel region. ...

Nigerian leader says 'massive education' of youth will help end kidnappings threatening the capital

Jan. 16, 2024 14:45 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Nigeria's leader said Tuesday that his government will embark on “massive education” of youth as one way to tackle the increasing kidnappings for ransom now threatening the capital city along with the rest of the country's conflict-hit north. President...

Nigeria slashes transport fees during the holidays to ease some of the pain of austerity measures

Dec. 21, 2023 10:19 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leader slashed the fees during the holiday season for several public transport routes in half and offered free train rides starting Thursday, hoping to ease — at least temporarily — some of the economic hardship caused by his government's austerity measures....

In coup-hit West Africa, regional leaders recognize Niger's junta but seek fast return to democracy

Dec. 10, 2023 12:53 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West African heads of state on Sunday officially recognized the junta in power in Niger, but said their sanctions to reverse the July coup in the country would remain even as they initiate steps for a “short” period of transition to civilian rule. A team...

West Africa court refuses to recognize Niger’s junta, rejects request to lift coup sanctions

Dec. 07, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West Africa’s top court on Thursday rejected a request by Niger’s junta for a lifting of coup-related sanctions imposed by its neighbors, ruling that the junta is unconstitutional and therefore lacks the authority to make such a request. Following the July...

Nigeria's leader presents a $34 billion spending plan that prioritizes the economy and security

Nov. 29, 2023 14:17 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s leader on Wednesday presented a 27.5 trillion naira ($34.8 billion) spending plan for 2024 to federal lawmakers, with a focus on stabilizing Africa’s largest but ailing economy and tackling the nation's deadly security crisis. The primary...