Benin's President Talon eyes re-election with few rivals in his path

Benin's President Patrice Talon looks set to win re-election to a second term on Sunday in a presidential ballot critics say is already tilted in his favour after a crackdown on opponents.
Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye
After five years of quiet, Burundi is on a diplomatic offensive
Burundi is slowly emerging out of a self-imposed isolation, five years after it was rocked by political instability when its late President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a controversial re-election.
Burned vehicles are parked outside the police command headquarters in Owerri, Nigeria, on Monday, April 5, 2021
Nigeria police chief sacked after jailbreak attack
Nigeria's police chief on Tuesday called for the Biafran separatist group to be "destroyed to the last man" after a dramatic attack on a prison in southeastern Nigeria at the weekend that saw more than 1,800 inmates escape.
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Tanzania signals change of stance on Covid-19
Major changes could be in the offing to Tanzania’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said she would name a committee of experts to advise her government on anti-virus measures.
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At least 40 killed in tribal violence in Sudan's Darfur
At least 40 people have been killed and 58 injured in tribal clashes since Saturday in El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, the latest deadly violence in the troubled western Sudanese region, the United Nations said Monday.
Zara Oumar is now living safely in Cameroon after escaping from Boko Haram
Seeking justice for Boko Haram's victims of rape in Cameroon
Zara Oumar is now living safely in Cameroon after escaping from Boko Haram, which held her hostage for four years in Nigeria's neighbouring Sambisa forest.
Late Malian politician Soumaila Cisse greets supporters as he arrives at his home in Bamako, on October 9, 2020, a day after his release
Malian 'hostage intermediary' claims officials paid a € 2 mln ransom
An intermediary involved in the October release of four hostages in Mali claims that Malian officials paid 2 million euros to jihadists for one of the hostages, the late Malian opposition leader, Soumaïla Cissé.