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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...

African group leader says “never again” to coups

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African Union leaders said on Tuesday they intended to strengthen the group's powers to fight a rising tide of coups and electoral...

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