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South African firm says workers freed by kidnappers in Guinea-Bissau

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African defense group Denel confirmed on Saturday that the last nine of 12 of its staff kidnapped in Guinea-Bissau two months ago had been freed. Full story

Nine Senegalese freed by Casamance rebels: media

DAKAR (Reuters) - Nine Senegalese working for a demining organization were freed on Friday in Guinea-Bissau after being held captive by separatist rebels in Senegal's restive southern region of Casamance, the state news agency reported. Full story

Authors of 'false news' may face jail under new Gambian law

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's parliament has made sweeping changes to the country's information law, introducing new legislation that threatens those who spread "false news" with 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Full story

Senegal charges ex-Chad leader with crimes against humanity

DAKAR (Reuters) - A judge in Senegal formally charged Chad's former president Hissene Habre with crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture on Tuesday and remanded him in custody pending trial, his lawyer said. Full story

Ex-Chad leader Habre faces war crimes charge: prosecutor

DAKAR (Reuters) - Chad's former president Hissene Habre will be charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture at a special court in Senegal, a legal official said on Monday, a day after the ex-leader's arrest. Full story

Ex-Chad leader Habre arrested ahead of trial in Senegal

DAKAR (Reuters) - Hissene Habre, Chad's former leader, was arrested on Sunday in Senegal, where he has been living in freely in exile for 22 years despite accusations of political killing and torture during his time in power, a court spokesman said. Full story

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Three Senegal women freed after rebel kidnapping

Rowers attempting to cross the Atlantic rescued after boat capsized

U.S. Embassy in Senegal warns of bomb threat to Dakar

Senegal court opens investigation into Chad's Habre

Four killed, including Frenchman, in southern Senegal

Four killed, including French man, in Senegal's Casamance

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  Obama's Africa trip part of a 'check the box tour'

Forbes' Gordon Chang, author Kahlil Gibran Muhammed, NBC's Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Enough Project's Mark Quarterman discuss the president's trip to Africa, state that he knows he must do more in the region, and question whether this visit is part of a "check the box tour" to show he will do as m

  Michelle Obama Instagrams her trip to Senegal

The first lady posted a video on Instagram of her visit with schoolgirls in Senegal. A day after launching her account, she has more than 215,000 followers.

  US politics follow Obama to Senegal

During the first day of his visit to Africa, President Obama fielded questions about same-sex marriage and the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Obama is scheduled to travel to South Africa on Friday. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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  President Obama begins Africa trip in Senegal

The president is beginning his six-day, three-country trip across the continent in Dakar, Senegal, hoping to visit ailing former South African president Nelson Mandela later this week. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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United Nations peacekeepers from Senegal peer out from behind a gate during a protest against sending peacekeepers to the northern rebel-held town of Kidal before sending Malian soldiers there, in Gao July 5, 2013. About 500 people from different youth organizations rallied in front of the camp wher