Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) met in Nigerian capital Abuja on Saturday before making the announcement.

Fifteen West African nations have announced more details about their plan for a new shared currency, the Eco, which they hope to launch in 2020. The (...)

 Nigerien soldiers patroling in the desert near Bosso in Niger. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Thirty-four migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger’s vast desert after being abandoned by people-smugglers. Agadez, in the l(...)

A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)