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  • Senegal's Wade facing runoff in bid for 3rd term

    DAKAR, SENEGAL | Senegal's president conceded Tuesday he could be forced into a runoff election after failing to secure the outright majority for a disputed third term.

  • President Abdoulaye Wade waves to supporters at a campaign rally in his hometown of Kebemer, Senegal, on Feb. 9. As Mr. Wade tries to persuade voters to give him a third term on Sunday, his age has become a campaign issue. Officially, he was born on May 29, 1926, making him 85 years old. His critics contend that he may be 90. (Associated Press)

    Senegal leader's age becomes campaign issue

    The question dogging the president of this nation as he tries to persuade his country to vote for him one last time can be traced to this town enveloped in sand.

  • Anti-government protesters carry a banner reading "The Senegalese revolution said to liberate the people," as they are blocked by police from reaching Independence Square in central Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

    U.S. urges calm ahead of Senegal election

    U.S. officials called for calm Wednesday ahead of this weekend's election in Senegal, where opposition leaders are vowing to render the West African nation ungovernable if its 85-year-old incumbent president seeks a third term.

  • Protesters throw rocks at police, who respond with tear gas, on a central boulevard in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday. The fifth consecutive day of pre-election clashes took on a religious dimension in this normally tolerant Muslim nation. (Associated Press)

    Week before vote in Senegal, angry crowd tells president it's time to go

    Protesters demanding the departure of Senegal's aging president on Sunday seized control of a three-block stretch in the heart of the capital, erecting barricades and lobbing rocks at police just days before a contentious presidential election.

  • Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade greets supporters during a campaign rally in Dakar this week. The country's constitutional council validated Mr. Wade's bid to run for a third term, even though the revised constitution sets a limit of two terms. Mr. Wade paid an Atlanta lobbying firm more than $200,000 to ensure that the limit didn't apply to him because he was already in power when it was adopted. (Associated Press)

    Senegal president spends $200K to lobby U.S.

    Several months before a Senegalese court was scheduled to rule on one of the most divisive issues facing the nation, the country's aging president took extra care to ensure that his interpretation of the law would prevail not only in Senegal, but also in Washington.

  • Briefly

    The aging president of Senegal tried to divert attention from growing street protests calling for his resignation and prove that he still had grass-roots support by leading an impromptu rally through the capital late Tuesday.

  • Senegalese pop star Ndour tussles with police

    An Associated Press reporter saw police tussle with international pop star Youssou Ndour, who was pushed back by police when he tried to enter a police station where a leading opposition figure is being detained.

  • Senegal music star NDour makes bid for presidency

    World music icon Youssou Ndour says he plans to run in Senegal's presidential election next month, challenging an 85-year-old incumbent whose plans to seek a third term have sparked violent protests.

  • Mechanic cousins Fatou Kamara (left) and Fatou Sylla own an auto-repair shop in Dakar, Senegal, and employ eight men in a nation where few women work outside the home and those who do usually choose jobs such as sewing or hairstyling. (Associated Press)

    Female auto mechanics overcome barriers in Senegal

    Since opening their car-repair shop in 2005, cousins Fatou Sylla and Fatou Kamara have become celebrities in their district. They're known for their business savvy, for making it as women in a place that is very much a man's world.

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 photo, Senegalese pop star Youssou Ndour gestures during the launch of his television station, TFM, in Dakar, Senegal. Outside of Senegal, the 50-year-old chart-topping artist is best-known for his grooving mbalax beat. In his native country, he is also known for his scathing critique of the ruling party. Senegal's government has forbidden Ndour from doing newscasts on his new channel, and the license allowing him to do 'cultural programming' was only granted after a two-year stalemate. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    African pop star Youssou Ndour launches TV station

    You would be forgiven for thinking that the launch of this country's newest TV station was an event backed by Senegal's government.

  • In September 2009, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade gave a $200,000 farewell gift to an International Monetary Fund representative, "in recognition to his contribution to Senegal." (Associated Press)

    For Senegal: U.S. aid, 164-ft. statue

    In April, the president of the poverty-stricken nation of Senegal unveiled what he boasts is the world's "highest statue" — a $24 million bronze artwork called "African Renaissance" that measures slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty.

  • Senegal sees oil as poverty weapon

    DAKAR, Senegal -- As the Group of Eight meets this week in Germany, one African leader is hoping to use the new flood of oil profits for a novel cause: combating poverty in Africa's non-oil-producing nations.

  • Senegal sees oil as anti-poverty tool

    DAKAR, Senegal

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  • "There is no reason why countries like Senegal can't become an energy exporter," he said.

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  • Mr. Wade argued before the U.N. General Assembly in September that long-standing Western concerns about corruption and political repression in Africa are unlikely to be addressed without a "swift and massive investment in infrastructure and the availability of affordable energy."

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