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Chad Hosts Regional Summit over Boko Haram

Chadian capital N’Djamena is hosting this Thursday (Nov.29) a meeting of the heads of State of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Nigeria to look into the security situation in the areas targeted by the Boko Haram insurgency. The summit was summoned by by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in his capacity as Chairman of […]

WAMU: Three Moroccan banks in the top 5

Three Moroccan banks have positioned themselves in the top 5 banking groups in the West African Monetary Union (WAMU), Ecofin news Agency reported. These are BMCE Bank Group, Attijariwafa Bank, and Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire. They made the move after making acquisitions in Mali, Senegal and Côte D’Ivoire. The Bank of Africa group, owned by […]

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Burkina Faso: Teachers, students whipped by jihadists

A new jihadist group has emerged in Burkina Faso, treating teachers and students near the borders with Mali and Niger, BBC Afrique reported. According to BBC, armed men on motorbikes pulled up to a school in the small northern community of Toulfé on Monday, forced everyone on to the floor before whipping four of the […]

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Niger: G5 Sahel countries unveil plans to ward off extremism

qhThe five-member countries of the regional G5 Sahel on Tuesday announced an ambitious program to ward off poverty, which they consider as the main cause of extremism in the region. Violent extremist organizations have expanded their ambitions, capacities, and geographical reach into the Sahel region in recent years. The implementation of the Program of Emergency […]

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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; […]

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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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