Wednesday 18 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/23/18)
Senegalese President Macky Sall on Friday promised to "track down" the perpetrators of a spate of child kidnappings and killings in Senegal that have sown fear among parents in the West African nation. Police said Tuesday that two children had been murdered in recent days and five more had faced kidnap attempts. Senegalese media has reported on several more such cases, so far unconfirmed officially. "I have given the firmest instructions... to track down these criminals and bring them to justice," Sall told the RFM radio station. "Senegal will do more than in the past to halt these terrible acts," he added. Criminality and the use of children in ritual ceremonies have both been blamed,...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
The death toll in a Senegalese military helicopter crash rose to eight on Thursday after two more people succumbed to their injuries, the army said. The helicopter was carrying 20 people, including four crew, when it plummeted into a mangrove forest in the southern coastal area of Missirah on Wednesday night. What caused the crash is unclear. Army spokesman Abdou Ndiaye told AFP the death toll had risen from six to eight overnight while three of the 12 injured remained in a serious condition. The director of the Kaolack hospital in central Senegal told the public APS press agency that some of the injured had been transferred to the capital, Dakar, for treatment. Authorities have launched an enquiry to determine...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/18)
Six people were killed and 14 others injured when a Senegalese military helicopter crashed late Wednesday, according to a government statement giving an updated toll from the incident in the south of the country. The helicopter, which went down in a mangrove forest in the coastal area of Missirah, was carrying 20 people, including four crew, army spokesman Colonel Abdou Ndiaye told AFP earlier. According to a statement released by the government, rescue workers said six people died at the scene. "The other 14 passengers were wounded, three seriously," it said, adding that the injured were being transferred to a regional hospital in Kaolack.
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration. Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back irregular migrants since Europe was hit in 2015 with its worst migration crisis since World War II. "I cannot understand how a country can refuse to take back its nationals" when they have...
(AFP (eng) 03/12/18)
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for an anti-racist march in the central Italian city of Florence in memory of a Senegalese man shot dead by a pensioner. Idy Diene, a legally resident street vendor aged 54, was gunned down Monday by a 65-year-old man who said he chose his victim at random after going out intent on killing himself and leaving behind a suicide note for his family. A peaceful throng of Italians joined members of Senegalese local associations...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/18)
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal is quitting his role as global ambassador for Oxfam over the British charity's handling of sexual misconduct allegations concerning its staff, the BBC reported. "What has happened on a human level is disgusting and heart-breaking," he told BBC Newsnight late Wednesday. "It is very sad. Vulnerable people especially children should always be protected. As such I am disassociating myself from Oxfam immediately," he said. Maal is the second ambassador to leave Oxfam after British actress Minnie...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/18)
Senegal and Spain are in close contact over the case of four Spanish tourists robbed and allegedly raped last month in Senegal's restive Casamance region, their interior ministers said Tuesday. Three women were dragged into a forest and raped after their vehicle was stopped on January 25 near the village of Karonge, around 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the regional capital Ziguinchor, according to police. The group were also robbed of some 5,000 euros worth of local currency before they...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/18)
Megastar Rihanna vowed she would "never stop fighting" to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations. Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation's global ambassador. "We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Rihanna on Thursday used her star power to urge key governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest as she takes part in an international conference in Senegal. The chart-topping singer arrived in the capital Dakar where she on Friday will join the Global Partnership for Education talks co-hosted by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron. Rihanna, the fourth most followed person on Twitter with 86 million followers, took to social media to urge Macron,...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/18)
An international push to get a quarter of a billion children back to school got under way on Thursday at a conference aiming to fund education in defiance of poverty and unrest. Around the world, 264 million children are not in school, a gap that will keep many of them poor for the rest of their lives, according to organisers of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Co-hosts Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/18)
Senegalese police fired tear gas as angry protesters went on the rampage in the north of the country on Monday after a fisherman was killed by coastguards in Mauritanian waters. Hundreds joined the protest in the northwest coastal city of Saint-Louis, following the death of the young Senegalese fisherman late Saturday. The protesters pillaged shops owned by Mauritanians and overturned cars, setting them ablaze, before police moved in with tear gas to disperse them. At least three police officers were...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/22/18)
KLEINARL, Austria (Reuters) - The chilly conditions on an Austrian mountainside belied the warm reception given to people from 15 African countries who took part in an annual luge race aimed at helping migrants integrate into European society. The event over the weekend, dubbed the African Winter Sports Cup, is a luge race contested by people with little or no experience of winter sports. Its aim, over the six years it has been held, is to promote social integration through...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/18)
Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal's troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case said on Friday. The accused face charges of murder and criminal association over the January 6 killings in the forest of Bayotte. The 16 suspects, who were arrested on Sunday, also face charges of participation in a rebel movement and possession of weapons without authorisation, according to the source. Six other people detained by police have been released without charge "for the moment", added the source without naming the suspects.
(AFP (eng) 01/18/18)
President Macky Sall on Thursday suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal's forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber. In a statement, Sall said he had instructed the government "to suspend until further orders all authorisations for logging and to immediately proceed with a revision of the forestry code." He also urged the armed forces to "use all necessary means to permanently neutralise all armed groups" operating on national soil. On January 6, 14 young men were murdered, most of them in execution-style killings in the forest of Borofaye in the southern Casamance region. Twenty-two people have been arrested.
(AFP (eng) 01/17/18)
There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast's main city and commercial hub, the haven for fake medicine has been targeted time and again by authorities and stockpiles burnt. But it resurfaces every time. "The police hassle us but they themselves buy these medicines," said Mariam, one of...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/18)
A gunman was killed in Senegal's southern Casamance region during a shootout at the weekend with soldiers searching for the killers of 14 men in an area known for its illegal logging networks. A military source told AFP on Monday that troops fell upon an armed group in the search area. "There were clashes. We killed one of them," the source said. Senegalese police said Sunday they had arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in the January 6 massacre, which...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/18)
Senegalese police said Sunday they have arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in a January 6 massacre of 14 young men in the troubled region of Casamance. The arrests were the first in connection with the killings in a region separated from the rest of Senegal by The Gambia, and which has been the target of an independence campaign for more than 35 years. "Ongoing investigations have opened up useful lines of enquiry leading to the arrest thus far of...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
The brutal murder of 14 people in a protected forest in Senegal's southern Casamance region has interrupted years of relative calm in this once restive region. A week on, what do we know about the motivations for the killings and their repercussions? - What happened? - On January 6, around 20 men were collecting wood in the protected forest of Bayottes, close to the regional capital of Ziguinchor. Around 15-20 armed men ambushed them, according to victim testimony, confiscated their...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/18)
Senegal has said it will step up efforts to stop the trafficking of prized timber in its southern Casamance region, following the massacre of 13 men in an incident believed linked to the trade. The army is leading a search for the perpetrators of the January 6 attack in the forest of Borofaye, close to the regional capital of Ziguinchor. Most of the victims were shot, and one was burned to death. Justice Minister Ismaila Madior Fall said the authorities would "evaluate the policy for criminality linked to wood trafficking in the region" in remarks released late Tuesday, after the illicit sale of teak emerged as a possible motive for the killings.

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