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In Senegal, the struggles of a small airline during coronavirus

May 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Transair, an ambitious company founded in Senegal 10 years ago, has no passengers because of the coronavirus pandemic – but it still has to fly its planes

A Transair Captain leaves his aeroplane to make his final checks for a technical flight at the empty Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar on May 22, 2020. - The Senegalese government in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has closed down its borders and its regional borders to travellers. Local Airlines such as Transair have had to ground planes since March 2020. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Senegal bans layoffs during coronavirus crisis

Apr 11, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Starting April 14, companies in Senegal will be forbidden to sack employees during the pandemic, except in cases of gross negligence

A hygienist working with the Senegalese Ministry of health with help from ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action), waits for his turn to take off his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ahead of disinfecting the area housing patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Fann Hospital in Dakar on April 1, 2020. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Net loss: Virus hammers Senegal's fish exporters

Apr 07, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Senegal's fishing industry is one of its largest, but exporters are hit hard by the coronavirus

A Fisherman offloads fish meant to be exported at the export side of the Hann - Bel Air fishing docks in Dakar on April 03, 2020. - Usually bustling with activity through out the day now on average one boat comes in to off load fish. The outbreak of COVID-19 has meant that no more exports go out and so fishing has slowed down with fewer boats going out. Fish meant to have been exported is now either sold off locally for half the price or stocked in large refrigerators until sold locally. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Senegal confirms 1st coronavirus case

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The first virus case in Senegal marks just the second infection in sub-Saharan Africa

FIRST CASES. Muslim worshippers attend a mass prayer against COVID-19, the new coronavirus, in Dakar on March 4, 2020, after two cases were confirmed in Senegal in the previous days. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Stunning Senegal baobab forest being swallowed by mining

Nov 02, 2019 - 6:07 PM

In Bandia, one of Senegal's most beautiful baobab forests is gradually being devoured by cement manufacturers quarrying limestone

A baobab tree is seen in agricultural fields on the outskirts of Bandia forest on September 25, 2019. The need for cement in a growing Dakar means that quarries are need to feed the factories, these quarries are moving closer to villages and threatening Bandia Forest. JOHN WESSELS / AFP

Senegal's Sall wins re-election in first round

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The Prime Minister of Senegal says incumbent President Macky Sall won the first round of elections

Incumbent President Macky Sall shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for Senegal's presidential elections in a ballot box at a polling station in Fatick on February 24, 2019. Senegal is voting in an election that incumbent President Macky Sall looks confident to win in the first round after his main challengers were banned from running in the West African country's ballot. His two biggest rivals -- popular former Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall and Karim Wade, the son of the previous president -- were disqualified after corruption convictions in trials questioned by rights groups.  SEYLLOU / AFP

Senegal heads to polls with president confident of victory

Feb 22, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senegal incumbent Macky Sall faces unusually few challengers in a country fond of vigorous political debate

Three children wearing a Macky Sall's t-shirt look to the vandalized poster of the opposer candidate Idrissa Seck during a march on February 21, 2019 in Dakar. The Senegal's presidential elections are scheduled for February 24, 2019. MICHELE CATTANI / AFP

No rescue for Dakar's homeless and mentally ill

Jul 09, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Papa Mamadou Diagne, a sociologist, writes, there are 'no official numbers' but 'the number of mentally-ill people on the streets of Dakar is on the rise'

HOMELESS. Senegalese professor in psychiatry and head of the mental health division at the Senegalese ministry Aida Sylla, talks to a patient at the Fann hospital on July 6, 2018 in Dakar. Photo by Seyllou/AFP

'Racist' tweet fires up Senegal in World Cup showdown

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:27 PM

British tycoon Alan Sugar takes down the offensive post and apologizes after getting accused of racism

INSPIRED. Senegal's forward Mbaye Niang (right) celebrates after scoring their second goal against Poland. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Senegal records first African win in 2018 World Cup

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:07 AM

The Senegalese pounce on Polish errors to hack out a 2-1 decision

STEPPING UP. Forward Mbaye Niang (center) plays a pivotal role in Senegal's triumph over Poland. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Opposition cries foul as Senegal holds tense vote

Jul 31, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The vote to elect a new parliament is seen as a test run for President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 presidential election and follows a campaign marred by violence

A man casts his ballot in Senegal's legislative election, on July 30, 2017 in Dakar. Seyllou/AFP

At least 22 dead in fire at Senegal religious retreat

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Around 20 of the injured are in a serious state

Gambia celebrates Barrow's inauguration

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:52 PM

February 18 is also the anniversary of The Gambia s independence from Britain but many are also calling the day the birth of a third republic following the ousting of Yahya Jammeh at the ballot box

MR PRESIDENT. In this file photo, Gambia's new president Adama Barrow waves to supporters as he leaves the airport in Banjul on January 26, 2017, after returning from Senegal. Carl de Souza/AFP

Jubilant Gambia awaits president's return

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Adama Barrow s return caps days of anxious waiting in the tiny former British colony that was thrown into chaos when longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refused to leave after losing a December 1 vote

MR PRESIDENT This file photo taken on December 12, 2016 shows Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow speaking during an interview in Banjul. Seyllou/AFP

African troops prepare for Gambian president's return

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea authorities refuse to confirm Yahya Jammeh s arrival despite an opposition statement condemning the relocation

Senegalese soldiers members of ECOWAS forces (Economic Community of West African States) arrive in Banjul as they drive to secure the Statehouse on January 22, 2017.  Carl de Souza/AFP

Gambia's Jammeh leaves power after 22 years

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:14 AM

Yahya Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Adama Barrow was declared the winner triggering weeks of uncertainty that almost ended in a military intervention involving 5 other west African nations

DEPARTURE. Former president Yahya Jammeh, the Gambia's leader for 22 years, waves from the plane as he leaves the country on 21 January 2017 in Banjul. Stringer/AFP

African troops on standby as Gambia deadline passes

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action but diplomats say he remained in The Gambia by 2330 GMT

EVACUATION. Tourists prepare to leave their hotel in Banjul on January 18, 2017 after the British Government changed the travel advisory for Gambia to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh. Stringer/AFP

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declares a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down

This file photo taken on March 28, 2014 shows outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia attending the 44th summit of the 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Head of Gambia's electoral commission flees to Senegal

Jan 04, 2017 - 10:36 AM

The head of Gambia s electoral commission flees to neighboring Senegal fearing a plot against him a month after declaring President Yahya Jammeh lost elections

People hold a banner reading 'Gambia made its choice, let's respect it' along with placards reading 'Save democracy in Gambia, save the new Gambia' during a protest in support of Gambia by Senegalese NGOs and civil rights groups in Dakar on December 17, 2016. Seyllou/AFP

Senegal's female Olympic wrestler battles hardship, cultural resistance

Jul 21, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Isabelle Sambou will try to improve on her fifth place finish at the 2012 Olympics despite inadequate training facilities and societal pressure against female athletes

Turkey escapes Senegal, makes FIBA OQT semis

Jul 07, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Big shots down the stretch by Muhammed help Turkey advance

Senegal vs Turkey FIBA Olympic Qualifiers. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 3: NZL vs FRA and SEN vs TUR

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Get live updates from the third day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with New Zealand vs France and Senegal vs Turkey on July 7 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

Senegal grateful for PH fan support against Canada

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:21 AM

Filipino fans back Senegal during their clash with Canada at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

TOUGH LOSS. Senegal loses a close one to Canada, but wins the cheers of Filipino home fans. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Canada survives Senegal to make FIBA OQT semis

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Canada will face the second placers from Group B for a chance to make the finals

LIVE: FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in Manila, Day 2: CAN vs SEN and PHI vs NZL

Jul 05, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Get live updates from the second day of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with Canada vs New Zealand and Philippines vs Senegal July 6 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines

Looking at Senegal in the FIBA OQT

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:18 PM

There are only 8 holdovers from the team that finished fourth in AfroBasket 2015 a testament to how serious Senegal is about reclaiming lost glory

SENEGAL. The national basketball team of Senegal at the AfroBasket 2015. Photo from

Senegal without NBA player Gorgui Dieng for Manila Olympic Qualifiers

Jun 11, 2016 - 2:05 PM

The Senegal men’s national basketball team receives a major blow

US transfers 2 Libyans from Guantanamo to Senegal

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED The two men – Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar – have been in the US military prison since 2002

DETAINED. A file photograph showing men dressed in orange coveralls, alleged al-Qaida and Taliban combatants captured in Afghanistan washing before midday prayers at controversial Camp X-Ray, where they are being held in cages at the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,  January 27, 2002. File photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/EPA

OKC Thunder, New Zealand’s Steven Adams not coming to Manila OQT

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:46 PM

Adams a 22 year old starter for the Oklahoma City Thunder also missed the 2014 FIBA World Cup and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship

Senegal will 'go for revenge' if matched with Gilas at FIBA OQT

Feb 01, 2016 - 7:54 PM

If we have to face the Philippines again we ll go for revenge says Senegal s veteran player Maleye Ndoye

SENEGAL WANTS PAYBACK. Maleye Ndoye, one of the veteran players of Senegal, admits they will go for revenge if they meet Gilas Pilipinas at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File Photo from FIBA

Norwood excited by possibility of guarding NBA players Batum, Wiggins

Feb 01, 2016 - 12:32 PM

I think the countries that are here are going to go back and tell everyone they come in contact with that basketball is the heart of this country says Norwood

Mali and neighbors in mourning as siege hotel yields clues

Nov 23, 2015 - 2:31 PM

A Malian security source says authorities are actively pursuing at least 3 people over the attack

UNDER CONTROL. Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation, Bamako, Mali November 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Senegal tries Chad dictator in test for African justice

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:01 AM

Once dubbed Africa s Pinochet 72 year old Hissene Habre has been in custody in Dakar since his arrest in June 2013

DEFIANT. Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) reacts as he is escorted in to stand trial by Senegalese police at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, July 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Senegal to stage 'historic' trial of Chadian former despot Habre

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:56 AM

The landmark trial will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have been tried in international courts

DICTATOR. This is a portrait of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Ebola death toll hits 8,235 – WHO

Jan 08, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Almost all the deaths and cases have been reported in the three west African countries worst hit by the outbreak: Sierra Leone Liberia and Guinea

Red Cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial with relatives of the victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

France calls for combined African response to jihadist threat

Dec 15, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Cooperation must become the rule and no longer the exception says French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian of the cross border cooperation to combat Islamic extremist movements

Most unforgettable Gilas Pilipinas moments of 2014

Dec 14, 2014 - 7:14 PM

These are moments you will never get tired of reliving These Gilas Pilipinas moments of 2014 are ones you ll never forget

Ebola death toll climbs to 6,583

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:42 AM

The World Health Organization reports that as of December 10 there had been 18 188 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS. Nearly 6,600 people have now died from the Ebola virus according to the World Health Organization. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola aid workers still facing hostility – Red Cross

Dec 03, 2014 - 11:22 AM

Hostility from locals has been a persistent problem for foreign aid workers who are confronted with wild theories which place them as the authors of a global conspiracy to harvest the blood and organs of black Africans

DAILY STRUGGLE. In this file photo, a Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 15, 2014. Carl de Souza/AFP

British-led scientists trial 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea

Nov 29, 2014 - 7:48 AM

The test is designed to be suitable for remote field hospitals where electricity and cold storage are often scarce

EBOLA TESTS. A picture made available on November 4, 2014 shows medical workers in protective suits working in the patient area of an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea, October 13 2014. File photo by Kirstin Palitza/EPA

Ebola death toll rises to 5,459 – WHO

Nov 22, 2014 - 8:30 AM

The World Health Organization believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70

HEALTH WORKERS. A handout picture provided by the Geneva University Hospital HUG shows a Cuban doctor who has been diagnosed with Ebola arriving at Geneva University Hospital HUG in Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 2014. Photo by Julien Gregorio/Geneva University Hospital/EPA

Ebola death toll rises to 5,420 – WHO

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:03 AM

The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70

NEED TO KNOW. A Liberian man looks at an Ebola sensitization campaign painted on a wall in downtown Monrovia, Liberia 19 November 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Ebola death toll rises to 5,177 – WHO

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The fresh toll comes as the spread appeared to be slowing in the capital of Liberia allowing the hardest hit country to lift its state of emergency

SLOWING DOWN? A Liberian woman washes her hands from a bottle of chlorine water to curb the spread of Ebola in Jene Wonde village, heavily hit by the virus near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberia, November 9, 2014. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

Burkina Faso transition talks off to rocky start

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Meanwhile ousted leader Blaise Compaore accuses his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

WHO expert: Ebola toll too low, thousands likely missing

Nov 07, 2014 - 11:03 AM

WHO s strategy chief estimates that the agency s official death toll from the Ebola outbreak may be 5 000 bodies short

ANOTHER ONE. A team of funeral agents specializing in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus put a body in a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 2014. Florian Plaucher/AFP

WHO reduces Ebola death toll to 4,818

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The World Health Organization reduces its Ebola data as some cases recorded previously turned out to have arisen from other factors

ANOTHER ONE. A team of funeral agents specializing in the burial of victims of the Ebola virus put a body in a grave at the Fing Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on October 10, 2014. Florian Plaucher/AFP

Burkina talks agree one-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:02 AM

There is mounting international pressure on the military to return the country to civilian rule

President of Ghana John Mahama Dramani (C) President of Senegal Macky Sall (R) and President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (L) attend a meeting of ECOWAS leaders and the transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (not pictured) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

African leaders in Burkina to urge army to hand over power

Nov 05, 2014 - 9:12 PM

The presidents of Nigeria Ghana and Senegal flies to Ouagadougou to press the issue after Canada suspended its aid to the impoverished West African nation

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso army wants power transfer 'in two weeks'

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:39 AM

French President Francois Hollande reveals Paris helped evacuate ousted president Blaise Compaore as his exit was necessary to avoid worsening the situation and provoking a possible bloodbath

Transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (L) meets with African Union (AU) representative Edem Kodjo (C) and Kadre Desire Ouedraogo President of the commission of ECOWAS (R) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 04 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA