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Jail for Burkina Faso coup leaders

Two senior allies of deposed former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore were sentenced to 10 and 20 years in prison respectively for organising a...

Sudan coup attempt thwarted

Sudan’s military thwarted a coup attempt and arrested an unspecified number of senior officers in connection with a plot to restore the party of...

Sudan coup attempt thwarted

Sudan’s military rulers said several officers attempting a coup to undermine agreement between the military and the opposition to share power for three years...

Recording of failed Ethiopia coup released

Ethiopia released a recording of the state militia commander it says led a failed coup attempt last week in which dozens, including five top...

Arrests in connection with Ethiopian “coup” top 200

Nearly 250 people have been arrested in Ethiopia’s capital and the main city in Amhara region since a foiled coup attempt, state TV reported. Ethiopia...

Failed coup puts Ethiopian ethnic militias in the spotlight

A foiled coup in Ethiopia’s Amhara state that left five senior officials dead, including the army’s chief of staff, pushed ethnic militias in one...

Failed regional coup in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s army chief of staff and the head of northern state Amhara were killed in separate but related attacks when a general tried to...

Gambian coup plot sees eight former soldiers sentenced

Eight former soldiers were sentenced for plotting to overthrow Gambia’s president Adama Barrow in 2017 with the help of his ousted predecessor, the country’s...

Haftar attempted coup – claim

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar tried to stage a coup issuing an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, UN envoy Ghassan Salame said...

SANDF not part of any alleged Botswana coup

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) “rejects with contempt” allegations of apparent involvement in an allegedly soon-to-be staged coup d’état in neighbouring Botswana. At the...

ISS: Do Africa’s youth prefer the ballot to the bullet?

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On 7 January, a group of young military officers in Libreville, Gabon, tried to overthrow the government of President Ali Bongo Ondimba. The challenge...

Gabon arrests four military officers after coup attempt

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Military officers in Gabon staged an apparent coup attempt early on Monday, seizing the state radio station and declaring their dissatisfaction with President Ali...

Gabon state radio seized in apparent coup

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Military officers in Gabon staged an apparent coup attempt on Monday, seizing the state radio station and declaring dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo, recovering...

Trial of alleged coup leaders starts in Burkina Faso

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Two senior allies of Burkina Faso's deposed former President Blaise Compaore and scores of others appeared in court accused of organising a...

Nigerien soldiers jailed for attempted coup

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A Nigerien court jailed nine soldiers for between five and 15 years for an attempted coup against President Mahamadou Issoufou two years...

ISS: The dark art of the coup

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After Zimbabwe's cleverly contrived coup, squeezing the genie of democracy back into the bottle won't be easy. It was the most remarkably eventful...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe appears in public for first time since army took...

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe appeared in public on Friday for the first time since the army took charge this week, as the...

ISS: Good coup, bad coup?

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Uncertainty, intrigue and fake news have characterised recent days and events in Zimbabwe. Following the confirmation of a bloodless military coup in...

Coup threat warning in Nigeria

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Nigeria has paid a high price to achieve democracy and will foil attempts by those hoping to stage a coup, the national...

Niger releases 15 accused of coup attempt complicity

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A court in Niger freed 15 civilians accused of complicity in an attempted putsch against President Mahamadou Issoufou, their lawyer said. In December...

Turkey dismisses close to 15,000 more in post-coup probe

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Turkey on Tuesday dismissed close to 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and others and shut down 375 institutions and news...

Turkey’s post-coup emergency rule led to torture, abuse – rights group

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Turkey has effectively written a "blank cheque" to security services to torture people detained after a failed military coup attempt, a U.S.-based...

Burkina Faso forces foiled coup attempt – minister

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Security forces in Burkina Faso foiled a coup attempt on October 8 by about 30 members of the ex-presidential guard, known as...

Turkey detains journalists, politician, pollster as post-coup purge deepens

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Turkish authorities detained journalists, a politician and a pollster on Wednesday and issued arrest warrants for another 105 people over suspected links...

Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after...

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Turkey will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday as the arrests of tens of thousands of people...

Erdogan says to close military schools, rein in armed forces

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Turkey will shut down its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defence minister, President Tayyip Erdogan...

Erdogan wants army under president’s control after coup

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official...

Erdogan announces army overhaul in latest post-coup shakeup

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pledged to overhaul the army in response to last week's failed coup, a sign that a newly imposed...

Arrests hit 6,000 as Turkey cracks down on army and judges...

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Turkey widened a crackdown on suspected supporters of a failed military coup on Sunday, taking the number of people rounded up in...

Analysis – Turkey’s bungled putsch: a strangely 20th century coup

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It was a strangely 20th century coup, defeated by 21st century technology and people power. When a self-styled military "Peace Council" tried to...

Ivory Coast army chief urged Burkina coup leader to act

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Ivory Coast's army chief encouraged a coup leader in neighbouring Burkina Faso during his failed bid to seize power last year, according...

Burkina issues arrest warrant for speaker of Ivory Coast parliament

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Burkina Faso has issued an international arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, the speaker of parliament in Ivory Coast, on charges related to...

Niger says four have confessed to planning foiled coup

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Four people arrested for ties to an attempted coup in Niger in December have confessed to the plot and asked for clemency,...

Talks start for surrender of Burkina coup leader: government

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Burkina Faso's government said on Wednesday it had started negotiations to persuade the leader of a short-lived coup to surrender, a day...

Burkina Faso government disbands elite unit behind coup

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Burkina Faso's cabinet on Friday dissolved the elite presidential guard that took the president and prime minister hostage in a failed coup...

West Africa presidents meet on Burkina crisis

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The presidents of Senegal, Togo, Benin and Nigeria were due to travel to Burkina Faso's capital on Tuesday on a mission to...

Burkina Faso coup leader warns of civil war risk

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Burkina Faso General Gilbert Diendere, who overthrew the West African nation's interim government last week, said this week the security situation in...

Soldiers crush protests as military seizes power in Burkina Faso

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Heavily armed troops crushed protests in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou after a former spy chief seized power in a military coup on...

Burkina Faso military says takes power, dissolves govt

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Burkina Faso's military said on Thursday it had stripped interim President Michel Kafando of his functions and dissolved the government, seizing power...

Rights groups say Gambia has detained relatives of coup plotters

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Gambian authorities have detained, and in some cases have "disappeared," friends and relatives of alleged suspects of a failed coup, including elderly...

Burundi army chief says coup attempt failed

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The head of Burundi's army said an attempted coup had failed and forces loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza were in control. Army Chief...

Tennessee man charged in failed Gambia coup attempt

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The United States has charged a third man in connection with a failed Dec. 30 attempt to overthrow the government of Gambia,...

Gambia says former presidential guard chief led coup attempt

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Gambia's government on Wednesday accused the former head of the West African nation's presidential guard of leading a small group, including two...

Senegal to expel Gambian opposition figure after failed coup

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Senegal was preparing to deport an exiled Gambian opposition figure who called for his countrymen to rise up and overthrow President Yahya...

U.S. charges Texas businessman, vet in Gambia coup bid

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Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a Texas businessman who allegedly wanted to be the president of Gambia with conspiring with a former...

Thai army takes power after talks between rivals fail

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Thailand's army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized control of the government in a coup on Thursday, two days after he declared martial...

Guinea-Bissau postpones elections again to April

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Guinea-Bissau's long-delayed legislative and presidential election, intended to draw under a 2012 military coup, has been postponed again to April 13 from...

Guinea-Bissau coup attempt fails

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At least seven people died during a coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau's capital yesterday, which was put down by the army. The country...

Military influence in politics remains widespread across Africa

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The Washington DC-based Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) says evidence of military influence in politics remains widespread across the continent. In...

New AU Chief sets priorities

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The newly-elected African Union Chairman, Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has pledged to make political stability a priority on a continent troubled...