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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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Chad cancels plans to cut civil servants’ salaries

The Chadian government has decided to suspend a controversial cut in the salaries of civil servants, Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké said on Wednesday. The government U-turn comes after labor unions in the central African nation have reacted angrily to the government’s plan to slash civil servants’ salaries. According to a decree signed early January […]

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Chad: Idriss Deby reshuffles government, new key ministers in the line-up

Debt-strapped Chad has a new government. President Idriss Déby Itno on Sunday appointed new faces at the ministries of finance, economy, foreign affairs, security and justice. Abdoulaye Sabre Fadoul who served as interim finance minister since President Déby sacked his predecessor, Christian Georges Diguimbaye, last month, was confirmed minister of Finance by a presidential decree. […]

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Twenty delegations join G5-Sahel force summit in France

The five heads of state of the G5-Sahel joint force are meeting French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in France this Wednesday (Dec. 13). The about twenty attending delegations will discuss means to strengthen international mobilization for the benefit of the ongoing effort to combat armed groups in the Sahel region. Saudi […]

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WFP, Cameroonian gov’t launch two-year strategic plan to end hunger

The World Food Program (WFP) and the Cameroonian government will launch a two-year Country Strategic Plan in January, aiming to improve household food security in the Far-North regions, North, Adamaoua and East regions. Since 2015, thousands of people in Cameroon’s Far North region are in need of food aid, as attacks by militant group Boko […]

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Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel military force

Saudi Arabia has promised up to $100 million to support the Joint counterterrorism force, set up by the Group of Five Sahel States, known as G5-Sahel. The force, which was authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council in April 2017 and strengthened by UN Security Council Resolution 2359 in June, needs roughly $500 […]

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