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Mali: French troops arrest key jihadist near Timbuktu

French troops in Mali alongside with the assistance of local security forces have arrested a “key jihadist whose followers have claimed dozens of attacks in the West African terrorism-stricken nation, local media reports. “I confirm that the terrorist Alhousseyni Ag Assaleh, in charge of logistics for…the group run by Amadou Koufa was arrested on 8 […]

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President Ali Bongo’s father-in-law attacked by Gabonese activists in Paris

Edouard-Pierre Valentin, father of Sylvia Bongo, the wife of President Ali Bongo, was attacked by some Gabonese activists in the French capital Paris, local media reported. According to a video circulating on social media, dozen men were showed shouting and banging on a table on which Ali Bongo’s father-in-law and a former minister sat at […]

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Senegal Air inks two ATR aircraft deal in France

Air Senegal SA, the new Senegalese national airline, has ordered two ATR 72-600s aircrafts valued at €50 million at the Paris Air Show, local media reported. Delivery of these two aircrafts, which will constitute the initial fleet of the airline, will be made in November 2017, Maimouna Ndoye Seck, Senegal’s Minister for Tourism and Air […]

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UN Security Council Okays deployment of G-5 Joint Force in the Sahel

The United Nations Security Council, on Wednesday, unanimously approved a resolution welcoming the deployment of a 5,000-strong force from five African countries to restore peace and security and fight extremists in the vast Sahel region. The resolution, drafted by France, welcomes the deployment but does not grant full UN authorization to the force due to […]

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Benin’s president undergoes successful surgeries in France

Benin’s president Patrice Talon has returned home after almost one month of medical leave in France, local media reported. Patrice Talon, dubbed the “King of Cotton”, had left the capital Cotonou for France to seek medical attention. According to a statement released by the presidency on Monday, one procedure was required after doctors found a […]

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Morocco, France Eager to Pool Efforts for Shared Goals in Africa

Morocco and France have voiced resolve to pool efforts to fulfil their shared goals in Africa, mainly boosting the continent’s development and growth and promoting a balanced relationship. This came during the summit talks held Wednesday between King Mohammed VI and the newly elected President of France Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in Rabat earlier in […]

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France’s Macron meets with Alassane Ouattara, promises to boost ties

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday vowed to strengthen military partnership with Côte d’Ivoire, as he met with the west-African nation’s leader Alassane Ouattara at the Elysée Palace in France. While Côte d’Ivoire will join the UN Security Council in 2018, security and anti-terrorist issues have topped the agenda of the discussions between the two […]

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France Calls UN to Back Anti-jihadist Force in Sahel

France has asked the UN Security Council to authorize the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region and struggle against trafficking of all kinds. France’s bid came in a draft resolution circulated to the 15 members of the Security Council on Tuesday. According to AFP, which said it […]

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Paris, Rabat more committed than ever to bolster their partnership

Paris and Rabat reiterated their commitment to bolster their partnership, notably in the fields of security, sustainable development, culture and education, said the Royal Office in a statement. The statement was issued following a meeting in the Elysée Palace Tuesday between French President François Hollande and King Mohammed VI of Morocco. During the meeting, the […]

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Mali: France kills about 20 jihadists, state of emergency extended

French forces in Mali have killed more than 20 militants hiding in a forest near the border of Burkina Faso, Reuters reported, quoting a statement from the French regional force. The air and ground raids come weeks after a French soldier was killed in the region. Mali is reeling from the advance of Islamist extremists, […]

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