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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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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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