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4,700 illegal miners expelled from Ghana in 2013

Ghana deported 4,700 illegal miners last year, most of them Chinese nationals, deputy information minister Ibrahim Murtala Muhammed said on Thursday. "Most of them were Chinese illegal miners. Largely, they were arrested by the special task force," Muhammed said, adding that Nigerians, Russians and South Africans were also expelled. Local police and a task force of military, police and immigration officials began targeting illegal miners last year on the orders of President John Dramani Mahama.

Seized Russian trawler leaves Senegal after $1 mn payment

A Russian trawler impounded by Senegal which accused it of illegal fishing has left the port of Dakar following an agreement by Moscow to pay $1 million, a military source said Thursday. The Senegalese navy official in charge of monitoring the ship -- impounded in the capital for almost three weeks -- told AFP the Oleg Naydenov "left the port of Dakar yesterday evening, it is no longer here". The ship's release follows an announcement by Russia's fishing authority that it would pay the $1 million (750,000-euro) "deposit", while Senegal referred to it as a fine.

Seized Russian trawler leaves Senegal after $1 mn payment

A Russian trawler impounded by Senegal which accused it of illegal fishing has left the port of Dakar following an agreement by Moscow to pay $1 million, a military source said Thursday. The Senegalese navy official in charge of monitoring the ship -- impounded in the capital for almost three weeks -- told AFP the Oleg Naydenov "left the port of Dakar yesterday evening, it is no longer here". The ship's release follows an announcement by Russia's fishing authority that it would pay the $1 million (750,000-euro) "deposit", while Senegal referred to it as a fine.

Senegal stands firm in Russian trawler row

Two weeks after impounding a Russian trawler accused of illegal fishing in its waters, Senegal has not blinked in the face of huge diplomatic pressure from one of the world's most powerful nations to secure the vessel's release. At the centre of the acrimonious spat between Dakar and Moscow is a renowned environmentalist turned minister who is used to fighting for the west African nation's waters and looks unlikely to back down in his latest battle.

Thousands protest against extending Burkina president's mandate

At least 10,000 people marched in Burkina Faso's capital Saturday to protest against plans by President Blaise Compaore that could allow him to extend his mandate by another five years, police said. The rally in Ouagadougou was called by the opposition over a planned change to the constitution which currently limits the president to two five-year terms. Compaore is set to reach that limit next year. "We are tired of Compaore's rule," shouted some in the crowd in the capital's main square, as others carried signs saying "2015 - the terminus for Blaise Compaore".

Football: Four-goal Nigeria boost CHAN hopes

A brace from midfielder Rabiu Ali helped Nigeria to a 4-2 win against Mozambique in Cape Town on Wednesday that revived their hopes in Group A at the African Nations Championship. Mozambique had opened the scoring thanks to a spectacular Dario Khan free-kick which sailed into the net from the edge of the centre circle, but Nigeria were level within a minute thanks to Ifeanyi Ede. Mozambique's defence had already conceded three in losing their opening game to the hosts South Africa and they were breached again soon after when Ali scored his first of the day.

China vows to champion African interests

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed Friday that his country would "always be a champion" of African causes as he began a two-day trip to Senegal. He hailed the strengthened relationship between Beijing and Africa after touching down in Dakar on the final leg of a four-nation tour aimed at boosting trade links between Beijing and its partners on the continent. "The friendship between China and Africa will continue to deepen over time... in an atmosphere of pragmatism and openness," Wang told a joint news conference with his Senegalese counterpart Mankeur Ndiaye.

Senegal tells Moscow arrest of Russian crew was legal

Senegal on Friday presented Moscow with the case against a Russian vessel seized and accused of illegal fishing in the west African nation's waters, which has been at the centre of a diplomatic row. Moscow has accused Senegal of engaging in "piracy" after naval officers arrested 62 of its nationals on the trawler last week.

Britain, Nigeria sign prisoner repatriation scheme

Nigeria and Britain on Thursday signed a "compulsory prisoner transfer" agreement, allowing their nationals jailed in the other country to serve the rest of their time behind bars back home. The two countries said the scheme meant Nigerians who commit crimes in Britain and Britons who break the law in Nigeria will be "properly prepared for release into the community in which they will live following their release".

Britain, Nigeria sign prisoner repatriation scheme

Nigeria and Britain on Thursday signed a "compulsory prisoner transfer" agreement, allowing their nationals jailed in the other country to serve the rest of their time behind bars back home. The two countries said the scheme meant Nigerians who commit crimes in Britain and Britons who break the law in Nigeria will be "properly prepared for release into the community in which they will live following their release".
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