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France to step up security for her citizens in the Sahel region

France will step up security measures to protect French nationals in Africa’s Sahel region, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday, two days after six French aid workers were shot dead in Niger.“We will do everything we can to support...

Gunmen on motorbike kill 6 French aid workers, their driver and guide in Niger

Gunmen ridding on motorcycles intercepted and killed six French aid workers, their Nigerien guide and driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday, officials said.The group was attacked in a giraffe reserve just 65 km (40 miles) from...

Mali opposition group insists president must quit

Mali's protest movement on Friday pressed on with a demand for embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to quit, as international mediators tried to defuse the crisis in the insurgency-riven country.At a press conference in the capital Bamako, the June...

Malian rebel accused of Timbuktu war crimes refuses to enter plea

Mali Islamist rebel leader accused of masterminding the “persecution” of Timbuktu residents and the destruction of the city’s holy grounds refused to enter a plea Tuesday as his lawyers argued he was not mentally fit to stand trial.Prosecutors at...

Mali authorities free detained protest leaders

Authorities in Mali have released a number of opposition leaders in a move to appease a protest movement calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, reports Radio France International.Lawyer Alifa Habib Kone said three of his clients...

UN, EU criticize Mali government for lethal force against protests

The United Nations and the European Union have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders.FILE PHOTO: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar...

Ragtag Burkina Faso’s volunteer fighters no match for jihadists

Issa Tamboure, 63, a member of local defense fighters was no match for gun-wielding jihadists who attacked his village in northern Burkina Faso in March.So Tamboure, rounded up his family — including his 13 children — and ran, eventually...

180 bodies found in a mass grave in Burkina Faso

At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a report released on Wednesday, saying that the killings were likely carried out...

France launches coalition to fight jihadi violence in the Sahel

France launched a coalition of West African and European allies on Friday to fight jihadi militants in the Sahel region, hoping more political cooperation and special forces troops would boost a military effort that has so far failed to...

10 Ivorian soldiers killed in attack near Burkina border, army says

At least 10 soldiers were killed and six wounded in an attack on an Ivory Coast military post on the northern border near Burkina Faso on Thursday, the army said.It was not yet clear who carried out the pre-dawn...
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Son of Angola’s ex-leader handed 5 yrs jail term in $500m graft case

Angolan Supreme Court sentenced Jose Filomeno Dos Santos, son of former Angolan president Eduardo Dos Santos to five years...
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Death toll from fighting from disarmament exercise in S.Sudan now 148

The death toll in South Sudan’s Warrap State has risen to 148 following fighting this past weekend during a disarmament exercise, a local government...

DR Congo struggle to dislodge armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that...

UN experts accuse top Mali military officials of obstructing peace efforts

United Nations experts have accused senior army and intelligence officials in Mali of deliberately obstructing a shaky 2015 peace accord, originally designed to reduce...

Five dead in Ivory Coast protest against Ouattara 3rd-term bid

Protests against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in the coming election, has left at least five people dead...