German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is on a three-day tour of Senegal, Niger and South Africa - his first trip to Africa since his election.
Germany is hoping to reduce its reliance on Russian energy, following the invasion of Ukraine.
Senegal is expected to become a major gas producer in the region.
Mr Scholz will also visit a solar power plant there.
Germany has invited Senegal, which currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the African Union, and South Africa to attend the G7 summit it is hosting in June.
Mr Scholz will visit German troops in Niger and discuss the lengthy battle against jihadists.
Niger has taken on a bigger role hosting European special forces since European relations with the military junta ruling neighbouring Mali deteriorated.
Idrissa Gueye trends globally amid homophobia row
#WeareallIdrissa is a top global trend after people online have been tweeting in support of Senegalese Paris St Germain football player, Idrissa Gana Gueye, after he refused to play for this team wearing a shirt with numbers displayed in Pride colours BBC Sports understands.
On Tuesday French clubs had been invited to mark 17 May's International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Many of the tweets highlight the 32-year-old's Muslim faith and comment on the legality in the West to criticise Islam or the Quran but what they view as the perceived lack of freedom to oppose homosexuality.
However, the hashtag is also being used to spread homophobic content. Many online are angry about Gueye's reported actions and are calling it insulting and homophobic.
Homosexuality is illegal in Senegal and punishable by prison sentences of up to five years.
The French Football Federation (FFF) has reportedly written to Gueye to clarify why he was absent from PSG's Saturday match against Montpellier, according to the AFP news agency.
They want him to issue and apology, or say the rumours as to why he missed Saturday's game are unfounded.
The letter reportedly adds if he did refuse to play he would be "validating discriminatory behaviour".
Meanwhile PSG said that they were "very proud" to wear Pride shirts.
Initially PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said only that Gueye missed the game for "personal reasons".
BBC Sport has approached Gueye's representatives for comment.
Senegal leader backs PSG's Gueye in rainbow jersey row
Senegalese President Macky Sall has expressed support for Paris Saint-Germain and Senegalese player Idrissa Gueye amid reports the footballer refused to wear a rainbow-coloured number on the back of his jersey.
Last weekend, players in France wore them to show support for the LGBTQ movement, French state-owned broadcaster France 24 reports.
It quotes PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino as citing “personal reasons" for the player's absence from the field.
The reports have sparked criticism about Gueye, who is a devout Muslim. He has not reacted to the reports.
The case has seen Valerie Pecresse, a candidate at the French presidential election last month, call for sanctions against the player.
"A refusal by Idrissa Gana Gueye to join the fight against homophobia could not remain without sanction!" she tweeted.
But in a tweet, President Sall said the player's "religious convictions must be respected".
Political tensions during local elections in
January led to fears of widespread violence via online mobilisation.
This followed the case last year of main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was accused of rape. His arrest led to rare mass anti-government protests in which at least 13 people killed and several others injured.
Journalists also spoke out about receiving online and physical abuse for reporting the rape allegations.
There are fears that legal measures could be used to crack down on youths using social media to mobilise demonstrations against Mr Sall's administration.
Senegal has launched an offensive against separatist rebels in the southern region of Casamance.
The military is bombarding the bases of Salif Sadio, who leads an MFDC faction.
Local media say civilians are fleeing the area. Four Senegalese soldiers were killed and seven captured during fighting with the MFDC in January near the border with The Gambia. The seven hostages were later released.
There has been a low-level separatist conflict in Casamance for the past 40 years.
Senegal says post on Ukraine war volunteers illegal
Senegal's foreign ministry has said a Facebook post by Ukraine's embassy that called on Senegalese volunteers to enlist in the fight against Russia was illegal.
In a statement, the ministry said recruitment of volunteers, mercenaries and other foreign fighters was illegal in the country and punishable by law.
Ukrainian ambassador Yurii Pyvovarov was summoned to the ministry to explain Thursday's post. After verifying its legitimacy, he was asked to take it down, the statement said.
It did not mention if further action would be taken.
The Dakar Actu news website quoted the Ukrainian ambassador as saying that 36 Senegalese had applied to be enlisted following the publication of the post .
Senegal was among 17 African countries that abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly on a resolution deploring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for the immediate withdrawal of its forces.
Six African nations to get mRNA vaccine technology
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The World Health Organization has announced that six African countries will be given the revolutionary mRNA technology to set up their own vaccine production centres - helping the continent acquire self-reliance against the Covid pandemic.
Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia will get the technology used in the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs developed in Europe.
The Senegalese president said the aim was to have 60% of vaccines administered in Africa produced in Africa as well.
In the future, the new African vaccine hub might also produce jabs for diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV.
A ceremony marking the mRNA technology transfer will be held later in Brussels at a summit between the European Union and the African Union.
Separatist rebels in
Senegal’s southern Casamance region have released seven soldiers who they captured last month.
The soldiers were captured
on 24 January during a clash with the MFDC separatists, in which four other soldiers
They were handed over to a representative of the West
African regional bloc Ecowas in The Gambia on Monday, according to a statement by the Senegalese army.
The Senegalese army said
that the soldiers appeared to be in good health.
The troops had been part
of Ecowas peacekeeping mission deployed in The Gambia for the past five
The Senegalese army said they had been
captured in The Gambia - denying allegations that they were seized by the rebels
after crossing to Casamance to pursue the separatists.
The Casamance region, which has a distinct culture and language, has been at the centre of a long-running conflict.
It is is separated geographically from the rest of Senegal by the Gambia River.
EU pledges $170bn investment for Africa
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The European Union has pledged a $170bn (£125bn) investment programme for Africa.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told her Senegalese hosts in Dakar that it was the first regional plan under the EU’s new Global Gateway initiative to support public and private sector infrastructure in developing countries.
It is seen as a counterpoise to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Senegal's football team get land and cash prizes
has rewarded each member of the national football team with cash prizes and
plots of land following their win at the Africa Cup of Nations.
team member received more than $87,000 (£64,000) and plots in the capital, Dakar, and
in the neighbouring Diamniadio city during a ceremony at the presidential
President Macky Sall also appointed the team to the
Senegal’s prestigious Order of the Lion, with fans cheering outside the gates.
The president had earlier thanked the team for
reaching the “summit of Africa” and for bringing “pride and honour that marks
He also praised the team's coach, Aliou Cissé.
defeated Egypt 4-2 on penalties, becoming the tournament champions for the first
time in their history.
Quote Message: Thank you to coach Aliou 'El Tactico'. As I said, he doesn't talk much, he doesn't make noise, but he is efficient, and he brought us the Africa Cup with his valiant team. Thank you, from all those who were with you. Through quiet strength and imperturbable serenity, you have shown your qualities as a leader of men."
Thank you to coach Aliou 'El Tactico'. As I said, he doesn't talk much, he doesn't make noise, but he is efficient, and he brought us the Africa Cup with his valiant team. Thank you, from all those who were with you. Through quiet strength and imperturbable serenity, you have shown your qualities as a leader of men."