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Social media is a key for terror groups

WASHINGTON, USA: Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups have expanded their online presence with increased use of social media, creating new challenges for thwarting attacks, said a study released Wednesday, 14 May.

15 May 2014

Concern grows over rising piracy off West Africa

Grey, sleek, bristling with massive cannon and an assortment of machine guns, the French navy's Commandant Birot is well-equipped to patrol Africa's most dangerous stretches of ocean.

4 Mar 2014

World's Press condemns closure of Liberian news site, wants jailed editor released

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have called for the release of Editor Rodney Sieh from prison in Liberia.

6 Sep 2013

Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON: From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives.

24 Aug 2013

Ship arrested with suspected hijacked oil

ACCRA, GHANA: Ghana said it had seized a ship suspected of being involved in the heist of some 3,500 tons of fuel from a tanker off Gabon, one of many such pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

6 Aug 2013

Hundreds of SA Facebook profiles cloned

Hundreds of South African Facebook profiles have been cloned in the past five days and used to solicit money from the victims' contacts.

By NIivashni Nair 28 May 2013

Cocoa plundered by Ivorian warlords

NEW YORK, USA: - Warlord military commanders in Ivory Coast are making hundreds of millions of dollars by plundering the country's exports of cocoa and other resources, according to a report by UN experts.

29 Apr 2013

Hackers pose threat to Africa's governments

Hackers have claimed the scalp of the South African Ministry of State Security's Twitter account, underlining concerns that Africa may be the soft underbelly of global cyber security.

6 Mar 2013

Pirates seize French tanker off Abidjan

ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE: A French tanker has been hijacked by pirates off Ivory Coast, port authority officials in the economic capital Abidjan confirmed on Monday (4 February).

5 Feb 2013

Hollande's flying visit to Mali

SAVARE, MALI: President Francois Hollande arrived in Mali on Saturday (2 February) as French-led troops worked to secure the last Islamist stronghold in the north after a lightning offensive against the extremists.

4 Feb 2013

Tanker seized in seas off Abidjan

ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE - Pirates seized a Panama-flagged oil tanker which was anchored in the Ivory Coast's economic capital of Abidjan, authorities said on Monday (21 January).

22 Jan 2013

Niger's president endorses Table Mountain Declaration

NIAMEY, NIGER: The president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, has become the first African head of state to endorse the Declaration of Table Mountain, which calls for repeal of criminal defamation and 'insult' laws and for putting press freedom higher on the agenda in Africa.

1 Dec 2011