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25 Sep 2011 description

24 Sep 2011 10:07 Source: Reuters // Reuters

Men work in a mill producing maize in Adjame, Abidjan July 25, 2011. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Group of 20 will back the creation of an emergency food reserve in West Africa to avert the risk of future shortages in the world's poorest region, French Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt said on Friday.

20 Apr 2010 description

20 Apr 2010 19:08:40 GMT

* At least 15 million doses stuck in Europe

* Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Togo delay vaccinations

By George Fominyen

DAKAR, April 20 (Reuters) - A vaccination campaign against polio in West Africa will be delayed in some countries because at least 15 million doses are trapped at airports in Germany and France by the ash cloud, a U.N. official said on Tuesday.

The delays have stoked concern that unsynchronised immunisations will allow the virus to spread within the region, Martin Dawes, the regional chief of communications for the U.N.

06 Mar 2010 description
  • Vote seen as democratic test after past violence

    * Ruling party and main opposition camp claim win

    By John Zodzi

    LOME, March 6 (Reuters) - Togo's incumbent president and his main rival both claimed victory in an election ahead of results due on Saturday, setting the stage for protests in the West African nation whose 2005 vote was marred by violence.

    Thursday's poll was widely seen as a test for democracy in a region rife with coups and flawed elections and in a country in which hundreds of demonstrators died after the last presidential vote five years …

04 Mar 2010 description

04 Mar 2010 17:15:42 GMT

* Queues at polls but vote peaceful, turnout seen low

* Opposition says presidential election may be rigged

* Niger, Guinea, Ivory Coast stoke regional democracy fears

By John Zodzi

LOME, March 4 (Reuters) - Voting in Togo's presidential election passed off calmly under tight security on Thursday despite fears of violence and opposition fears that President Faure Gnassingbe may rig the outcome.

A coup in Niger, fatal street riots over delayed Ivory Coast polls and instability in Guinea have shaken faith in the region's ability to maintain …

20 Feb 2010 description

20 Feb 2010 17:06:15 GMT

* ECOWAS to send 146 military observers on Monday

* Force to support 3,000 specially trained elections police

By John Zodzi

LOME, Feb 20 (Reuters) - West African states will provide a multinational force to help police next month's elections in Togo, where violence during a 2005 vote left at least 400 dead.

Tensions are high ahead of the vote, with opposition leaders accusing incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe of planning to rig the outcome.

"We're here for prevention, but we don't expect turmoil," Colonel Siaka Sangare, …

02 Aug 2008 description

By John Zodzi

LOME, Aug 2 (Reuters) - French soldiers have been dispatched to Togo to help the tiny West African nation tackle floods that have killed nine people this week, destroyed bridges and raised some food prices due to disrupted transport.

No estimate has been given yet on the financial scale of the damage but one immediate impact was an increase in the cost of maize -- already high from the global food and fuel crisis -- as some agricultural areas are cut off from consumers.

"We have today nine victims and nine bridges down," Celestin Ekpaou Talaki, Togo's …

15 Nov 2005 description

GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Some 65,000 Togo refugees will run out of food by the end of the year unless the international community quickly comes up with $1 million in aid, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

17 Aug 2005 description

By Mathieu Bonkoungou

OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe on Wednesday urged thousands of refugees displaced by violence triggered by his disputed election to return home, saying they had nothing to fear in their homeland.

Some 40,000 Togolese have fled into neighbouring Benin and Ghana since the unrest after the April polls, with many still fearing for their safety if they return, according to the U.N refugee agency UNHCR.

"All those that were arrested after the election have been released and we have asked all refugees to come back so that …

08 Jun 2005 description

LOME, June 8 (Reuters) - Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe appointed a new prime minister on Wednesday after failing to agree with the main opposition coalition on the formation of a unity government in the West African country.

"Edem Kodjo is named prime minister," Gnassingbe said in a presidential decree read on state television.

Kodjo was prime minister from 1994-96 under Gnassingbe's late father, whose authoritarian rule lasted almost four decades.

28 May 2005 description

By Paawana Abalo

AGAME, Benin, May 28 (Reuters) - Togo's security forces are still hunting opposition supporters and driving people to flee, a month after disputed polls triggered bloody protests, refugees in neighbouring Benin said on Saturday.

At the Agame camp in western Benin, near the border with Togo, refugees who arrived this week said they were too scared to go home, and feared they would be arrested or worse.

"There are a lot of abductions," said Kokou, 42, who arrived at Agame's city of green tents on Saturday, with only the white T-shirt and jeans he …

24 May 2005 description

By Clar Ni Chonghaile

DAKAR, May 24 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of children are sent into near-slavery by desperate parents in West Africa's impoverished Togo and a wave of violence after disputed polls could exacerbate the problem, an aid group said on Tuesday.

In a report called "For the Price of a Bike", children's group Plan said lack of money, education and hope drove many parents in rural villages to send their offspring away to work.

Sometimes middlemen took the children, sometimes relatives and friends acted as traffickers and forced the youngsters to …

19 May 2005 description

By Felix Onuah

ABUJA, May 19 (Reuters) - Togo's new president met opposition foes and African leaders in Nigeria on Thursday to try to ease a crisis sparked by his disputed election victory following the death of his authoritarian father.

Faure Gnassingbe, whose victory in April 24 elections triggered days of violent protests in which scores died, met opposition coalition leaders and five African heads of state, including host Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The opposition says the presidential poll was rigged and its supporters see the father-to-son transfer of power as …

12 May 2005 description

By John Zodzi

LOME, May 12 (Reuters) - Togo's main opposition coalition said on Thursday it was considering joining a government of national unity under arch-foe Faure Gnassingbe, son of the late authoritarian ruler who won a disputed election last month.

Gnassingbe's victory in April 24 elections sparked violent protests by opposition supporters who said the vote was rigged and heavy handed repression by security forces.

05 May 2005 description

LOME, May 5 (Reuters) - Togo's government on Thursday urged thousands of people who fled riots in the West African nation after last month's disputed presidential elections to return home.

The call, agreed in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, was read out on state radio a day after Faure Gnassingbe was sworn in as president, succeeding his father Gnassingbe Eyadema who ruled the former French colony for almost four decades.

"The government invites all those who were forced to cross the borders to return home in all tranquility. Measures have been taken to avoid a …

01 May 2005 description

By John Zodzi

LOME, May 1 (Reuters) - Togo's political rivals dug in their heels on Sunday after a day of mediation efforts by African leaders, with the opposition flatly rejecting the idea of a unity government under the late authoritarian ruler's son.

Thousands of people have fled the tiny West African country and scores have been killed in fighting which erupted after Faure Gnassingbe, whose father ruled for four decades, was declared winner on Tuesday of a poll opponents say was fixed.

"Nothing in the world will make us enter a government of national unity while …

30 Apr 2005 description

By Pawana Abalo

COME, Benin, April 30 (Reuters) - Young men, old women and children among the thousands who fled violence in Togo said on Saturday they were too scared to go home after security forces shot at unarmed civilians in post-election chaos.

More than 11,500 people have fled the tiny West African country since trouble erupted on Tuesday, minutes after the late authoritarian ruler's son was declared winner of a poll his opponents say was fixed.

Police fought days of pitched battles with protesters dug in behind blazing barricades in Lome, while security forces in other …

29 Apr 2005 description

By Silvia Aloisi

LOME, April 29 (Reuters) - Togo's opposition said on Friday it was ready to hold talks with international mediators on ways to end a crisis in which it said around 100 people had been killed following the election victory of the late ruler's son.

Days of clashes between security forces and opposition youths followed the announcement on Tuesday that Faure Gnassingbe, whose authoritarian father ruled the country for four decades, had won Sunday's presidential election.

The opposition accuses Gnassingbe's camp of massive fraud and its supporters have …

28 Apr 2005 description

By Silvia Aloisi

LOME, April 28 (Reuters) - Security forces in Togo rounded up men and women to clear rocks and tree trunks from the streets on Thursday as the government vowed to restore order after days of protest at the election victory of the late ruler's son.

Many of the people using dustpans, bare hands and bundles of reeds to clear the roads in Lome's opposition stronghold of Be said they had been forced to work by police and soldiers, who stood nearby or watched from trucks mounted with machine guns.

"For us this is about delinquents not political players.

27 Apr 2005 description

COTONOU, April 27 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people have fled from southern Togo into neighbouring Benin after youths and security forces clashed in the town of Aneho, Togolese residents and a police official in Benin said on Wednesday.

The violence came after the son of Togo's former authoritarian ruler was declared the winner of a weekend presidential election -- triggering riots in the capital Lome in which at least 10 people have already been killed.

The police official in Benin, who did not want to be named, said around 600 people had already crossed the border.

The United …