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Mali president names new PM

Mali’s defence minister and close ally to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was named prime minister of the West African war-torn nation this weekend. Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga replaced Modibo Keita, according to a decree read on state television. “The president of the republic, in accordance with the constitution, decrees that Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga is prime minister,” […]

Mauritania: ‘French tourists can visit Mauritania but must be on guard’ Ayrault

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Friday in Nouakchott indicated that French tourists can visit the North African country but must be clever as he commended security improvement undertaken by local authorities. “The entire coast (of Mauritania) is classified yellow (renewed vigilance). Other zones were classified red (formally not advised) or orange zones (not advised but […]

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Four Malians convicted over Colombian nun abduction

Four Malians arrested on Tuesday as part of investigations into the abduction of a Columbia nun were charged on Wednesday, Prosecutor General Boubacar Sidiki Samake said. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti was abducted in February in the village of Karangasoo near the border with Burkina Faso. The 56-year-old Franciscan nun was one of four nuns working […]

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Mali peace conference urges talks with Jihadists

Mali’s national peace conference closed proceedings this weekend with a call for negotiations with Jihadists in the country’s north in a bid to end successive separatist uprisings in in the West African nation. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), the former rebel alliance, and Mali’s opposition groupings had previously boycotted the conference, citing lack […]

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Mali sports minister defies FIFA ban

Mali’s sports Minister, Housseïni Amion Guindo on Monday said the West African nation will continue to operate as it sees fit, defying its suspension by FIFA. World football governing body FIFA has suspended the Mali Football Federation last week, following a decision by the Malian Minister of Sports to dissolve the executive committee of the […]

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Mali: Health workers on strike over pay

Medical practitioners including Doctors, nurses in Mali have put down their tools, demanding bonuses and pending allowances. The protest comes weeks after teachers, magistrates, clerks and foreign affairs officials also went on strike. According to Youssouf Maiga, Deputy General Secretary of the national Union of Health, Social Action and Family Promotion,  there is no more […]

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Mali: 11 soldiers killed near border with Burkina Faso

A jihadist group led by Ibrahim Malam Dicko a notorious Malian terrorist Sunday killed 11 government forces in Mali, forcing other soldiers to flee to neighbouring Burkina Faso. The Defense Ministry announced that an army post came under attack in Boulikessi in central Mali, not far from the border with Burkina Faso. Eleven soldiers were […]

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Mali installs long-delayed interim authorities in troubled north

Officials in Mali have installed the long-delayed interim authorities in the country’s troubled northern Kidal region on Tuesday. The signatories of the peace agreement in Mali have previously established a timetable on February 10 to implement two important provisions of the accord before the end of the month. The provision includes the effectiveness of mixed […]

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Morocco to Become Member of ECOWAS, Another Major Regional Bloc

In a bid to boost further regional African integration and South-South cooperation, Morocco seeks the membership of the Economic Community of Western African Countries (ECOWAS), one of the major regional blocs in the continent. Morocco has informed President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, chairperson of ECOWAS, of its desire to join this regional grouping through […]

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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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