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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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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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