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West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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Nigerian government confirms kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls

Days after Boko Haram school attack, the Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, in Yobe State, are so far unaccounted. The government statement comes two days after President Muhammadu Buhari has apologized to the girls’ families, saying: “This is a national disaster. We are […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Indian telecom operator Airtel shapes Africa exit plan

India’s biggest mobile carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd, which owns telecom assets in 14 African countries, on Wednesday said it is looking at a potential initial public offering (IPO). Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV said the discussion on feasibility of listing its shares on an “internationally recognized” exchange was still in preliminary stage. Bharti Airtel, which […]

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Niger: 81 Lake Chad’s Boko Haram suspects go on public trial

A special international court in the Nigerien capital Niamey has started the trial of eighty-one people accused of fighting for militant Boko Haram. The suspects came from three countries of the Lake Chad region, namely Niger, Nigeria and Chad. The public court sitting, which started last week, is the first of its kind after closed-door […]

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Cameroon: European Union offers FCFA100 mln in Boko Haram war

The European Union is set to mobilize 100 billion FCFA to finance the fight against the Boko Haram sect, La Tribune Afrique news portal reports. According to a statement from the institution, the funds will be directed to the Multinational Joint Force (MMF), made up of the Cameroonian, Nigerian, Nigerien and Chadian armies, set up […]

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Guinea’s Alpha Condé recalls ambassador to Algiers

President Alpha Condé of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union has recalled his ambassador to Algeria because of the inhumane and condescending treatments faced by Guineans in the North African nation. Algerian authorities have been rounding up sub-Saharan Africans in and around Algiers and have deported more than 3,000 to Niger since August last […]

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Italy to deploy army to fight human traffickers in Niger

Italian government is considering deploying up to 470 troops to Niger to help tackle people-smuggling, the military General Staff said on Thursday. According to Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, some of the 1,400 Italian troops stationed in Iraq could be transferred to the Sahel region in West Africa after victories against Islamist militants in Iraq. In […]

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Niger: Donors Pledge $23 billion to Support Socio-economic Development Program

Niger has succeeded in mobilizing several billions to finance its economic and social economic plan after donors pledged $23 billion, a sum over exceeding the sub-Saharan country’s target of $17 billion. The “Rennaissance du Niger” conference held in Paris on Thursday was meant to gather $17 billion necessary for the implementation of the country’s Economic […]

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