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.

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali

2017-02-26 07:01

Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages have smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu , saying they are "places of depravity", local sources has.

2 dead as al-Shabab claims mortar attack near Somalia palace

2017-02-16 20:28

Two civilians have been killed in an al-Shabaab mortar attack outside Somalia's presidential palace during a handover ceremony for the country's new leader, says the police, a sign of the enormous challenges facing the man who has promised his government will make security a priority.

Somalia's quarter century of chaos

2017-02-09 18:48

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected Somali president, in the second presidential election since 1991 held amid tight security due to clashes between Al-Qaeda-linked fighters and African Union peacekeepers.

Gunmen kidnap Colombian nun in southern Mali

2017-02-08 18:33

A Colombian nun has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Mali, a Malian security source and a local official have said.

Graft, threats as Somalia faces historic presidential vote

2017-02-07 16:17

Suicide bombings aren't the biggest threat as Somalia, after a quarter-century without a functioning central government, holds a presidential election under strong international pressure.

Mortar attack kills UN peacekeeper in Mali

2017-01-24 21:29

A mortar attack in restive northern Mali has killed one United Nations peacekeeper and seriously wounded two others in their camp near the Algerian border, the UN has said.


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.

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

2017-02-26 21:00

US officials say the Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes

2017-02-23 16:01

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has sought to downplay soaring expectations of his new administration at his inauguration, warning it would take decades to fix the nation's many ills.

Searches across Mali and Burkina Faso for kidnapped nun

2017-02-09 20:22

Security forces were searching territory in Mali and Burkina Faso for a Colombian nun kidnapped by self-declared jihadists, a Malian security ministry source has said.

Wary Somali refugees pack for trip to US ... again

2017-02-08 19:28

When Aden Bare Farah, 23, first boarded a bus taking him away from the bleak rows of dust-coloured tents where he was born and raised a refugee, there was no looking back.

Somali capital on lockdown ahead of presidential vote

2017-02-07 19:35

Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown, with roads and schools closed and residents urged to remain indoors a day before the country holds a long-delayed presidential election.

Organisers lament cancellation of Timbuktu music festival

2017-02-02 21:13

Organisers say the last-minute cancellation of a well-known music festival in Timbuktu marks a missed opportunity to bring hope to a former tourist hub struggling to recover after years of extremist threats.

Kenya police kill 4 suspected extremists at Somali border

2016-11-20 19:01

A Kenyan official says police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border, a region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab

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