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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 […]

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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Morocco’s King Starts Visit to Ghana

King Mohammed VI started as of this Thursday an official visit to Ghana, part of his new tour in several African countries. The visit will highlight by summit talks between the Moroccan sovereign and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and will be marked by the conclusion of several agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and opening […]

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ECOWAS, a Bullwark against Dictatorships in West Africa

The (ECOWAS) has grown steadily to acquire a political and military dimension besides its role in bolstering economic integration in the region. The recent intervention of the African sub-regional grouping to pressure the long-ruling Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to step down in recognition of his electoral defeat is but another shining example of the growing […]

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Mali: Car Bomb Kills Score in Gao

About 37 people were killed and many others were injured in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base. According to local media, the incident occurred when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a camp housing soldiers and members of rival armed groups in the city of Gao. The camp was […]

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EUCAP Sahel Mali: Mission Extended for 2 Years, €29.7 Million Budget Adopted

The Council of the European Union last week extended the mandate of the EU’s foreign mission EUCAP Sahel Mali for two years, until 14 January 2019. The Council also allocated a budget of €29.7 million to the mission for the period running from 15 January 2017 to 14 January 2018, the Council announced in a […]

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