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Doctors without Borders condemns EU migrant policy in Libya

Doctors without Borders on Thursday, called on the European Union (EU) to stop sending migrants to the chaotic Libya, saying “people cannot be sent back to Libya, nor should they be contained there”. In an open letter, the humanitarian organization blamed the EU for being accomplice in the treatment reserved to migrants in the North […]

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Mali: Two Peacekeepers Killed in Mine Explosion, UN Establishes Sanctions Regime

Two peacekeepers of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and two others were injured when their convoy hit a mine in the northern area of Kidal in Mali. The mission said in a statement that the two injured Chadian peacekeepers were immediately evacuated after their vehicles hit the explosives about […]

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Mauritania: Police experts of the G5 Sahel countries boost cooperation

About 32 senior executives of the Sahel multinational military force known as “G5 Sahel” last week, met in Mauritania’s Capital Nouakchott to strengthen police cooperation in the terrorism-stricken region. Leaders of Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, earlier last month, established the G5 Sahel force to operate in coordination with French troops and MINUSMA, […]

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ICC orders Malian jihadist to pay $3.2 million in damages

The International Criminal Court on Thursday ruled that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for destroying sacred sites in Timbuktu in Mali should pay victims of the attacks more than $3.2 million in damages. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, head of jihadist group Ansar Dine, who pleaded guilty to destroying nine mausoleums and a mosque in […]

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After Ouagadougou, suspected jihadists target UN mission in Timbuktu

After the attack carried out in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso Saturday, Gunmen in Mali on Monday opened fire on UN peacekeepers and Malian troops in the northern city of Timbuktu and the central city of Douentza, the spokesperson of the mission said. In the first attack against the UN peacekeeping mission base of […]

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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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Mali: economy to post 5.3% growth in 2017

Malian economy is expected to grow by 5.3% this year and 5% the following year, the International Monetary Fund reported. These performances will be driven by the results recorded by the agricultural sector and by public expenditure in the West African nation, the Washington-based lender said. The inflation rate, meanwhile, is expected to reach 1% […]

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Mali: Swedish hostage Johan Gustafsson freed after 5-year detention

Swedish hostage Johan Gustafsson, held by al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011, has been released by the Islamic group, local media reported. Johan Gustafsson has returned home after more than five years in captivity, his family and the Swedish government confirmed. “I’m very pleased to announce that Johan has today been able to return to Sweden […]

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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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Mali: Gunmen storm tourist resort, kill two

Two people have been killed in the Malian capital, Bamako after a suspected terrorist attack on a tourist resort on Sunday. Local media reported that four gunmen arriving on motorbikes and a car stormed Le Campement Kangaba, near Dougourakoro in capital city Bamako. The resort is popular with foreigners and United Nations (UN) workers in […]

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