SA hostage in Mali marks 2000 days in captivity

2017-05-17 19:35

More than five years after her son had been captured by a rebel group in Mali, Stephen McGown’s ailing mother wants him freed before she takes her last breath, Gift of the Givers says.

Mali extends state of emergency by 6 months

2017-04-29 20:20

Mali has extended a state of emergency by six months until October 31 as the west African nation battles a jihadist insurgency.

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

2017-04-24 10:21

Senior US officials say pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend.

Mali extends state of emergency as jihadist attacks persist

2017-04-20 21:30

A state of emergency that has been in force almost non-stop for 17 months in Mali was extended by 10 days from April 20, says the government.

Kenya accuses 2 of hacking government sites for ISIS group

2017-04-06 18:17

A Kenyan police official says they have arrested a Kenyan and a Ugandan for allegedly hacking into government sites for the Islamic State extremist group.

New jihadist alliance claims border attack in Mali

2017-04-01 21:24

A new jihadist alliance has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed three members of Mali's security forces on March 29, according to a statement released by jihadist monitoring group SITE.

Gunmen kidnap Somali journalist outside capital: Editor

2017-04-01 19:29

An editor in Somalia says gunmen have kidnapped a local journalist on the outskirts of the capital.

US claims deadly Syria strike, denies targeting mosque

2017-03-17 10:11

The US military said it carried out a deadly air strike on an al-Qaeda meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that more than 40 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid.

Jihadist alliance claims Mali attack that killed 11 soldiers

2017-03-10 21:48

A jihadist alliance uniting Malian insurgents loyal to Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 11 soldiers close to Mali's border with Burkina Faso, its first such attack.

Tuareg rebels join Mali army in operation against extremists

2017-02-28 22:24

Malian soldiers and former Tuareg rebels have staged their first joint patrol in northern Mali, a key step in a 2015 peace agreement meant to help calm a region under threat from multiple extremist and other armed groups.


UN: Sexual violence increasingly used as 'terrorism' tactic

2017-05-16 15:01

A top UN official says sexual violence is increasingly being used as "a tactic of terrorism" from Iraq, Syria and Yemen to Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say

2017-04-25 09:58

A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Kenyan army: 52 al-Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia

2017-04-22 13:02

Kenya's military has said it killed 52 fighters with the extremist group al-Shabaab during an early morning attack on a camp in neighbouring Somalia.

Mogadishu mortar attack kills 3 family members: official

2017-04-07 13:09

At least three people belonging to the same family were killed and three others wounded when mortar shells landed on their home in Mogadishu, a security official and witnesses have said.

Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

2017-04-06 17:24

Somalia's new president has declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabaab extremists.

More aggressive US strikes in Somalia said to risk civilians

2017-04-01 21:24

President Donald Trump's approval of greater US military authority to pursue al-Qaeda-linked extremists in Somalia will put civilians further at risk, experts say, especially as drought displaces thousands of people in areas that now will be considered a war zone.

Abducted French national is 'in Sudan': Chad minister

2017-03-24 18:31

A French national abducted from southeastern Chad is in neighbouring Sudan, a Chadian minister has said. .

Car bomb blast kills 6 near hotel in Somalia's capital

2017-03-13 18:34

A suicide car bomber detonated near a hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least six people and injuring four others, says police.

Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo - UN probe

2017-03-01 22:00

All Syrian sides that fought in the battle for Aleppo committed war crimes and the deal to evacuate civilians following the rebel defeat was a "crime of forced displacement', a UN probe said.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

2017-02-28 17:58

A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969.

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