1. West Africa: Ecowas Tries Negotiations With Niger's Coup Leaders but Analysts Skeptical

    By Timothy Obiezu / VOA [VOA]Abuja, Nigeria -- The West African bloc ECOWAS is seeking to hold talks with Niger's military government and chart a course forward following the country's July coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. The bloc is pushing for Bazoum's release and a s