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Suspected foreign jihadists arrested in Senegal

Police in Senegal has arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in the capital city Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse was quoted by Reuters saying an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest […]

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Burkina: Cabinet reshuffled, Defense Minister Appointed

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has reshuffled his cabinet on Monday, handing over control of the defense ministry. The president has appointed Jean Claude Bouda, previously youth minister, as minister of defense as the West-African nation battles to contain the spread of Islamist militant violence. Kabore had held the post himself since he […]

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AFCON 2017: Host Gabon Exits Tournament

African Cup of Nations host Gabon made a disappointing exit from the tournament on Sunday after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a golden chance in the final minute over Cameroon. The Central African nation’s team failed to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament after they drew Cameroon in a goalless affair in their final […]

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ECOWAS, a Bullwark against Dictatorships in West Africa

The (ECOWAS) has grown steadily to acquire a political and military dimension besides its role in bolstering economic integration in the region. The recent intervention of the African sub-regional grouping to pressure the long-ruling Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to step down in recognition of his electoral defeat is but another shining example of the growing […]

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Morocco, a Rising African Power- Africa Renewal Magazine

Morocco has been described as a major economic force in Sub-Saharan Africa in light of its large scale investments and growing political influence, writes Africa Renewal, a UN magazine, in its latest release. “Slowly and steadily, Morocco has been establishing itself as a major economic force in sub-Saharan Africa, even as it eyes gaining readmission […]

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Burkina-Faso: $1500 Stipend to MPs Sparks Controversy

Burkina Faso’s National Assembly has granted one million francs CFA to each member of the Parliament. The funds meant to facilitate the legislators’ work angered Burkinabes who took to social media to vent their disapproval. According to the Parliament of the West African nation, the said grant which was paid as MPs went on holidays […]

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Burkina Faso: Military Court Adjourns Case of 27 Alleged Coup Plotters

A military tribunal in Ouagadougou has adjourned the hearing of 27 soldiers, all members of a former regiment of Compaore’s presidential security. The group of dissidents had been arrested in December 2015 for allegedly planning to free coup leader Gilbert Diendére and former foreign affairs minister Djibril Bassolé as well as complicity and illegal detention […]

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Burkinabe Soldiers Could Chase Jihadists inside Malian Territory

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Sunday said he is considering authorizing the Burkinabe army to chase terrorist groups into Malian territory when they retreat after attacks. The leader of the West African nation announced this measure when he visited Burkina Faso to show solidarity after a “cowardly assassination” of 12 Burkinabe soldiers at the […]

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Burkinabe MPs to return gifts after public outcry

Touchscreen tablets given to Members of Parliament (MPs) of Burkina Faso by a Chinese company will be returned after it generated controversy relating to corruption, the speaker of the parliament of the West African nation disclosed on Tuesday. The National Assembly had on Monday defended the receipt of the tablets arguing that the gift from […]

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CAFCON/GABON 2017: Morocco to wrestle with CI, Togo, DRC at group stage

Moroccan national soccer team will start its African Cup Nations 2017 campaign with DR Congo in the same group with reigning champions Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. The draw for the competition group stage took place Wednesday in the Gabonese capital of Libreville. The 16 qualified nations now know their opponents. Competition favorites Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, […]

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