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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 […]

Mali’s gold mining revenues soared 14% in 2016

Gold mining revenues in Mali have increased by 14 percent in 2016 to $505 million, Mines Minister Tiemoko Sangare said on Tuesday. The income rise of Africa’s third-biggest gold producer coincided with an 8.5 percent rise in the price of gold in 2016, Reuters reported. Mali’s industrial gold production rose negligibly from 2015 to 2016, […]

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Algeria’s coastguard intercepts 286 migrants en route to Europe

Algeria’s Defense Ministry on Sunday said coastguard has picked up 286 would-be illegal migrants heading across the Mediterranean to Europe by boat. According to a ministry statement released by the state-run news agency, APS, the migrants were detained on several boats between Thursday and Saturday. The number of illegal migrants detained in the North African […]

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The G5-sahel initiative gets $60 million boost from the US

The United States on Monday promised up to $60 million to support the G5-Sahel Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said in a statement. The US has been very reluctant to support the G5-Sahel 5,000 troops made up with forces from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania since the beginning of the negotiations. […]

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Nutrition crisis threatening 165,000 children in Mali, UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that a nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali. A report published by the UN agency on Monday shows that an estimated 165,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition across the […]

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Mali: Mamoutou Touré Bavieux elected new president of Fémafoot

Mamoutou Touré Bavieux is the new president of the Malian Football Federation (Fémafoot) for the next a four-years. He was elected in the capital city, Bamako on Monday, the football association said. Mamoutou Touré Bavieux, 60, won 39 votes of 57 delegates, 18 of whom abstained. He succeeds General Aboubacar Baba Diarra who did not […]

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US troops killed in ambush in Niger by suspected terrorists

Three members of the US Special Operations Forces have been killed and two others wounded in Niger near the Mali-Niger border, reports say. According Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, the patrol had come under “hostile fire”. Several Nigerien soldiers are also said to have died […]

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Chad: African Union surprised at U.S. travel ban

The African Union on Tuesday condemned the latest United States (U.S.) travel ban which has included Chad. An executive orders signed by President Trump on Sunday has suspended business and tourist visas for Chadians. The move, according to Washington comes as Ndjamena fail to share terrorism-related and other crucial information requested by the U.S. Seven […]

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Mali: separatists sign long-awaited deal to end years of fighting

Separatists in Mali on Thursday signed a peace deal to end years of fighting and broken ceasefires in the West African nation. Members of the rival Tuareg groups and their pro-government opponents indicated that they had settled their differences. In an interview broadcasted on the state-run radio, Fahad Ag Almahamoud, senior member of the pro-government […]

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Mali: Mayor of Sikasso announces candidacy ahead of 2018 polls

The mayor of Sikasso in southern Mali, Kalifa Sanogo, on Sunday announced his candidacy for the country’s next presidential election. “Yes, at the request of thousands of my supporters gathered Saturday in Sikasso, I agreed to be a candidate in the 2018 presidential election,” Kalifa Sanogo was quoted by AFP as saying. Kalifa Sanogo, former […]

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