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Germany to Deploy Helicopters, More Soldiers in Restive Mali

Germany on Wednesday announced the deployment of eight attack helicopters and 350 additional soldiers in Mali to back up the UN peacekeeping mission in the restive West African state. According to Reuters, the helicopters will replace those of the Dutch army, and the additional troops will service and maintain the fleet. The aim of the […]

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Mali to Hold a National Dialogue Conference in March 2017

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last weekend said the West African insecurity-stricken Mali will hold a “national dialogue conference” in March 2017 to discuss how to implement the peace agreement signed in mid-2015. In a TV message to the nation on Saturday, President Keïta said that “an important milestone in the rehabilitation of social cohesion […]

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Singer Akon Raises $1 Billion for Africa

Popular African American singer Akon on Tuesday said he has raised about $1 billion to finance projects in Africa. Speaking to journalists, Aliaune Damala Bouga, popularly known on stage as Akon, said it was not an easy task for him raising the first billion dollar. According to him, Africa is in dire need of basic […]

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Burkinabe Soldiers Could Chase Jihadists inside Malian Territory

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta on Sunday said he is considering authorizing the Burkinabe army to chase terrorist groups into Malian territory when they retreat after attacks. The leader of the West African nation announced this measure when he visited Burkina Faso to show solidarity after a “cowardly assassination” of 12 Burkinabe soldiers at the […]

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Gambia: Jammeh Demands Power Sharing

Four African heads of state landed in The Gambia on Tuesday with a mission to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to acknowledge his defeat in the recent presidential election and cede power to opponent Adama Barrow, who was officially declared the winner. Jammeh’s party has vowed to challenge the December 1 vote result in court, leading […]

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EU Inks Deal with Mali over Illegal Migrants

The European Union signed an agreement with the aimed at enabling the return of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected. A statement from the Dutch foreign ministry, which signed the agreement on the EU’s behalf, noted that “it is the first time the EU establishes such a precise mechanism with an African country with […]

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Guinea: IMF Approves $25.2 Million Disbursement

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved a $25.2 million disbursement for Guinea to help the West African nation revive an economy that was ravaged by a slump in its key export commodities. The West African country is a major producer of bauxite, an aluminium ore, but growth has slowed due to a slump […]

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Mali: US Issues Travel Alert for its Citizens

The United States’ embassy in Mali on Monday issued travel warning and travel alert to its citizens to be careful of their movements in the West African nation. The move comes after Jeffery Woodke, a U.S. aid worker who has lived and worked in northern Niger for up to two decades, has been kidnapped by […]

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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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People killed in Ethiopia Protests Could Exceed 500 – PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Desalegn Hailemariam, said the number of people killed in the anti-government protests in the country could exceed 500. He made the statement during a joint press conference in Addis Ababa Monday with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was on an official visit in the Horn of Africa nation. Hailemariam reiterated the […]

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