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G5 Sahel meeting with France postponed after deadly attack in Niger

French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to postpone to early 2020 a meeting of Sahel country leaders due to take place in France later this month, the French presidency said.The decision to postpone...

France reviews military operations in Sahel, demand clarifications

French president, Macron on Wednesday demanded G-5 leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France’s military to continue its operations against Islamist militants.France, the former colonial power, has the West’s largest military presence waging counter-insurgency...

Islamic State affiliate in Mali claims responsibility for French helicopter crash

An Islamic State group affiliate claimed responsibility Thursday for a helicopter collision that killed 13 French soldiers earlier this week in Mali, while France said it will reassess its military operation in West and Central Africa after its deadliest...

Jihadist crisis puts pressure on Mali political class

As Mali's gruelling jihadist conflict grinds on, many say military forces cannot be expected to do all the heavy lifting, and the country's fractured political class has to help.The country's problems are as much about poverty, ethnic divisions and...

French defence minister visits Mali days after 13 soldiers died in helicopter crash

France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly arrived in northern Mali on Wednesday, two days after a helicopter collision killed 13 French soldiers fighting jihadist militants linked to the Islamic State group.Monday’s crash on a moonless night led to the heaviest...

Black boxes from crashed French military helicopters found in Mali

French investigators have found the “black boxes” from the debris of this week’s fatal French military helicopter crash and authorities will soon start examining them, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.The crash occurred late Monday during an operation against...

Two helicopters collide killing 13 French soldiers in Mali

At least 13 French soldiers have died after two military helicopters collided in Mali.The accident happened on Monday during a combat operation against jihadist insurgents in the African country.Six soldiers and six officers were amongst the fatalities, officials confirmed."The...

Attack in eastern Mali: 13 more bodies discovered, 43 killed in total

The Malian army on Thursday discovered bodies of 13 missing soldiers after Monday's attack in Tabankort, near the Niger border, bringing the death toll from the operation attributed to jihadists to 43, sources close to Malian security security said.The...

Islamic State claims attack in Mali that killed 30 soldiers

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 30 soldiers in Mali earlier this week, Associated Press has reported.A statement late Wednesday asserts that another 30 soldiers were wounded in Monday’s ambush.The statement mentions no...

Mali solders suffer heavy casualty again; 24 killed, 29 injured

Twenty-four Malian soldiers were killed and 29 wounded when militants attacked a patrol in northern Mali on Monday, a spokesman for the army has said, updating an earlier death toll of seven.Mali is still reeling from an attack on...
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Ex-Algeria PM elected president as thousands prepare to protest

Former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune was elected Algeria’s new president after a vote the authorities hope will end months of turmoil, but demonstrators who...

UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Conservatives secure majority in British election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election...