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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

United States lifts travel ban on Chad

US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban imposed on Chad about six months ago. According to the White House, Chad is “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States,” and has “shown willingness” to make improvements in immigration and border management. Chadian foreign minister, Cherif Mahamat Zene, welcomed the lifting […]

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France issues travel warning for Cameroon’s Anglophone regions

The French government on Monday declared Cameroon’s Anglophone regions a ‘no-go’ area and warned its citizens against all but essential travel to areas like the Far North region notorious for Boko Haram attacks and the area along the border with Central African Republic and Chad. According to the advisory, travel to the Northwest and Southwest […]

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip […]

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West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Niger: 81 Lake Chad’s Boko Haram suspects go on public trial

A special international court in the Nigerien capital Niamey has started the trial of eighty-one people accused of fighting for militant Boko Haram. The suspects came from three countries of the Lake Chad region, namely Niger, Nigeria and Chad. The public court sitting, which started last week, is the first of its kind after closed-door […]

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Cameroon: European Union offers FCFA100 mln in Boko Haram war

The European Union is set to mobilize 100 billion FCFA to finance the fight against the Boko Haram sect, La Tribune Afrique news portal reports. According to a statement from the institution, the funds will be directed to the Multinational Joint Force (MMF), made up of the Cameroonian, Nigerian, Nigerien and Chadian armies, set up […]

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