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2010 Jan 11
Angola said it had arrested two people suspected of taking part in an attack on a bus carrying the Togo national soccer team to the African Nations Cup in which two delegation members were killed.
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2010 Mar 4
Togo held presidential elections. Jean-Pierre Fabre (57), a deputy in the National Assembly and the top opposition candidate, said that this time around the people will not let the ruling party steal the election. Provisional results on March 6 indicated that Gnassingbe won 1.2 million votes, representing 60.9% of the roughly 2 million votes cast.
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2010 Mar 7
Togo's top opposition party said they have proof that the ruling party committed fraud to win the country's contentious presidential election and that they will show their evidence in court.
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2010 Mar 8
In Togo security forces blocked off three roads leading to the opposition party headquarters, a day after the group had staged protests claiming presidential elections last week were rigged to favor the son of the country's longtime dictator.
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2010 Mar 20
In Togo thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets in the West African nation to protest presidential election results.
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2010 Mar 26
Togo's government and the opposition coalition signed a temporary truce committing both sides to peace, law and order following opposition protests against presidential election results.
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2010 Apr 10
In Togo more than 6,000 opposition demonstrators took to the streets in the West African nation to protest the March presidential election results.
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2010 May 26
A UN official said some 3,200 Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in recent days.
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2010 Jul 11
In South Africa President Jacob Zuma convened leaders from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Togo, Mozambique, the Netherlands and neighboring Zimbabwe at an education summit, before inviting them to join him at the World Cup final. The summit was the culmination of 1GOAL, a campaign supported by football's governing body FIFA to use the attention the World Cup commands to publicize the need to get more children into school.
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2010 Jul 12
In New Jersey Lassissi Afolabi (47), a man from the West African nation Togo, was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his role in the smuggling of girls and women who were forced to work at local hair braiding salons. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with his ex-wife and her son to commit forced labor.
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2010 Sep 20
In New Jersey a woman from Togo was been sentenced to 27 years in prison after being convicted of running a human smuggling operation and forcing women to work at New Jersey hair braiding salons. Akouavi Afolabi ran a scheme to bring at least 20 girls and women ages 10 to 19 from West Africa to the US on fraudulent visas. Victims were made to work at the salons for no pay. Afolabi was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $3.9 million. Her ex-husband and son had already pleaded guilty. Her son received a 55-month prison term. Her ex-husband was sentenced to 24 years.
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2010 Oct 29
Togo’s government said flooding has killed 21 people and affected more than 82,000 in recent months and that aid was needed.
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2010 Dec 14
The IMF said Togo's foreign debt will be slashed more than 80% after the African nation took steps to recover from economic crisis.
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2010 Dec 29
An Angolan court sentenced Jean Antuan Pwaty (42) a Congolese citizen, to 24 years in prison following the Jan 8 attack on Togo's national soccer team that killed two people and left eight others wounded including a goalkeeper. Pwaty was convicted of murder, armed rebellion and attempted murder.
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2010 Dec
The Paris Club decided to cancel $203 million in debt to Togo. The informal group of 19 creditor countries included the world's most industrialized nations.
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2011 May 6
In Togo 26 people died after their bus crashed. The victims were mainly merchants from Burkina Faso who were traveling to the Togolese capital for business.
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2011 May 8
In Togo seven boats capsized in a storm on lake Togo, leaving at least 36 people dead.
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2011 May 11
France canceled all of Togo's debt, amounting to 101.1 million euros, in a bid to encourage the West African nation to pursue economic reforms.
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2011 Jul 21
Eugene Koffi Adoboli (76), Togo’s former prime minister (1998-2000) was sentenced to five years in prison in absentia for allegedly embezzling some 1.2 million euros of the budget allocated for the construction of villas in the capital Lome in 1999. Adoboli, who has lived in Switzerland since 2002, strongly denied the accusations. Two other people were also sentenced in absentia over the allegations.
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2011 Dec 8
Togo authorities temporarily shut down the country's two public universities after security forces fired teargas to break up student protests over a new financial aid policy. The government last month introduced a new policy awarding payouts only to brilliant students instead of all scholars as was in the past.
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2012 Feb 2
Togo official Lt. Col. Yark Damehane said authorities are holding more than 150 Sri Lankan refugees who entered the West African nation en route to Canada. Damehane said most of the group arrived in Togo in 2011 and overstayed their one-week tourist visas.
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2012 Apr 3
Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe received the first part of a report by Togo's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, charged with investigating political violence between 1958 and 2005. Gnassingbe begged for pardon from victims of political violence committed in the country between 1958 and 2005, part of which covered the period his father ruled (1967-2005).
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2012 May 1
In Togo a Singapore-managed product tanker with valuable gasoline cargo was reported missing and suspected to have been hijacked by pirates while at anchor off Lome.
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2012 Jun 6
In Togo Moise Lida Kouassi, the former defense minister of Ivory Coast's disgraced ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested. He was accused of trying to destabilize the new Ivorian regime.
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2012 Jun 13
Togo security forces broke up a demonstration to protest changes to the electoral law with tear gas. The opposition claimed 119 people were wounded over the two days amid government "repression."
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2012 Jun 17
Togolese authorities released three protest leaders, including the coordinator of Let's Save Togo.
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2012 Jun 19
Togolese authorities detained former prime minister and opposition figure Agbeyome Kodjo in the wake of protests last week. He was released later in the day.
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2012 Jul 2
In Togo Atayi Ayi, a reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs of a protest in the capital Lome when he was attacked by two groups of unidentified demonstrators.
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2012 Jul 11
Togo’s PM Gilbert Houngbo resigned.
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2012 Jul 19
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe named his commerce minister, Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, to lead the new government.
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2012 Jul 21
In Togo several thousands anti-government demonstrators rallied in the capital to protest what they say is a crackdown on the opposition movement.
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2012 Aug 21
Togolese authorities fired tear gas to disperse a protest by several thousand people in the capital Lome. This was the first of three days of demonstrations planned by Let's Save Togo, a coalition of opposition and civil society groups. A week earlier Togo's government banned street demonstrations in commercial centers.
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2012 Aug 22
Togolese security forces clashed with protesters in the capital Lome for a second straight day, with officers firing tear gas on demonstrators who responded by throwing rocks and burning tires.
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2012 Aug 25
In Togo thousands of protesters marched without incident in the capital Lome after two days of rallies earlier in the week that saw clashes between demonstrators and police.
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2012 Aug 26
In Togo women in the civil rights group "Let's Save Togo" said they will have a week long sex strike to demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbé.
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2012 Aug 28
Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo, taking control of its bridge and kidnapping 24 Russian sailors before escaping amid an exchange of gunfire with a naval patrol boat.
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2012
Togo’s population was about 6 million.
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2013 Apr 10
Togolese trade unions started a three-day protest. The unions are under the umbrella of the "Togolese Workers Synergy" or " Synergie des Travailleurs Togolais.
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2013 Apr 11
In Togo over 20,000 school children from primary, secondary and high schools marched in the capital, Lome, in support of teachers who were on strike to seek better working conditions.
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2013 Apr 15
The Togolese government closed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the capital, Lome, following protests that rocked the tiny West Africa nation's education system last week. One student was fatally shot by security forces in the town of Dapaong.
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2013 May 13
In Togo opposition activists protested the death of one of their leaders in state custody. Authorities said Kodjo Yakanou suffered a heart attack in jail, but his supporters maintain he was denied access to adequate medical care. He was among the opposition supporters detained for months in questioning with the January burning of two central markets.
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2013 May 23
Togo police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the latest confrontation between the ruling party and the increasingly active opposition. Demonstrators were gathering to protest the death of an opposition member, who died in jail.
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2013 Jul 16
Pirates looted a chemical tanker and injured some of its crew off the coast of Togo. Gunmen in speedboats boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged MT Ocean Centurion and grabbed money and possessions of the ship and its crew. Togo detained Captain Sunil James and a crew member known only as Vijayan on charges of aiding the pirates.
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2013 Jul 25
Togo began voting in twice-delayed legislative elections in a test of whether mounting discontent with the West African nation's long-ruling family dynasty will translate into electoral gains for the opposition.
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2013 Jul 28
Togo’s electoral commission said President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic party has won 62 of 91 seats, up from 50 of the legislature's 81 seats in 2007.
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2013 Aug 7
Togo’s environment minister said Emile N'Bouke, a high-profile ivory trafficker, has been arrested. Activists said his work has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s.
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2013 Aug 28
A Togo government statement said PM Kwesi Seleagodji Ahoomey-Zunu and his government have resigned their posts a month after parliamentary polls that saw the ruling party win a two-thirds majority.
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2013 Dec 19
Togo freed two Indian sailors imprisoned since July after India appealed to President Faure Gnassingbe for their release on compassionate grounds.
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2014 Jan 28
Togo police said they have arrested 3 men after discovering nearly two tons of ivory in a container marked for shipping to Vietnam.
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2014 Feb 23
In Togo 18 people were killed and 40 others injured, 25 of them seriously, in a collision between a bus and a lorry.
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2014 Apr 24
A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. Four crew members were rescued by a merchant vessel, but three remained missing.
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2014 Nov 21
Security forces in Togo used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of demonstrators calling for term limits that would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.
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2015 Apr 25
Togo voters went to the polls in presidential elections, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe (48) seeking a third term in office to extend his family's grip on power into a second half-century. On May 3 Togo's constitutional court confirmed the victory of Faure Gnassingbe.

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2015 Apr 28
Togo's election commission announced that provisional results showed incumbent Faure Gnassingbe won the vote with more than 1.2 million votes or 58.75 percent of the total.
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2015 Apr 29
Togo's main opposition coalition CAP 2015 rejected results of the West African nation's weekend presidential election after the election commission declared incumbent Faure Gnassingbe the winner.
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2015 Nov 6
In Togo violence broke out in Mango, some 600 km (370 miles) north of Lome, when law enforcement officers tried to disperse an unauthorized march by a group that opposed plans to rehabilitate several protected areas.
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2015 Nov 7
In Togo clashes between police and protesters over the past two days left five people dead.
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2017 Sep 7
In Togo huge crowds turned out in the capital for the second day running to demand political reform, in the largest opposition protests against President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.
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2017 Sep 8
Several areas of Togo's capital, Lome, remained blocked off after security forces fired tear gas against anti-government protesters.
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2017 Sep 12
In Togo opposition lawmakers forced the adjournment of parliament in protest at a constitutional reform bill being left off the day's agenda, despite days of anti-government protests.
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