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UN urges Algeria again to stop arbitrary expulsions of African migrants

The UN has reiterated its call on Algeria to immediately halt summary expulsions of African migrants, as authorities in the North African country continue to round up and expel thousands to Niger in harsh desert climate. The appeal was made by UN Special Rapporteur on migration Felipe González Morales, following his official visit to Niger; […]

West Africa: BOAD to invest 50 billion FCFA in climate projects

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has pledged to invest about 50 billion CFA francs to support climate projects in the region. The information was disclosed by the Head of the Climate Finance Division at BOAD, Ibrahima Traoré. The financial institution is mobilizing 45 billion CFA francs to finance any structuring project, public or private, […]

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Migration: Germany sees Niger as a key partner

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday praised the efforts of Niger in the fight against terrorism as Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, was in the German capital for talks with the chancellor. It’s Issoufou’s third official visit to Germany since he was first elected in 2011. According to chancellor Merkel, Niger is not only fighting against […]

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Mali: German peacekeepers clean explosive devices from the “road of death”

German peacekeepers from MINUSMA, the United Nations Mission in Mali have embarked on a mission to patrol the “road of death”, searching for clues of explosive devices. Located in the southwest of Gao, in the middle of the savannah, the road is one of the most dangerous in the war-stricken northern region of the West […]

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G5 Sahel: General Hanena Ould Sidi takes control

It’s official. Mauritania’s deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi has been officially appointed to lead the combined five-nation “G5 Sahel” force. General Ould Sidi, a graduate of a Moroccan military school, has been appointed to replace General Didier Dacko who is G5 Sahel Joint Force Commander since 2017. General Didier Dacko has been […]

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West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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WAEMU: Economic activity remains strong

Economic activity remains strong in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) as countries of the regional bloc maintain their growth momentum. Forecasts predict a GDP growth of 6.8% for 2018, an improvement in compliance with the convergence criteria. Members of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, also known by its French acronym, UEMOA, […]

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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Libya: US air force kills a ‘high-ranking’ Al Qaeda militant – Pentagon

A ‘high-ranking’ militant of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been killed in a US air strike in Libya over the weekend, the Pentagon said in a statement. The strike, the first against Al Qaeda militants in Libya, killed “two terrorists” in the country’s vast desert, the Pentagon said. The US military said […]

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