ARTICLES RELATING TO ECOWAS

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

2014-07-29 07:00

A US man infected with the Ebola virus who boarded a plane en route to Minnesota has revealed weaknesses in stopping the deadly disease's spread.

Mali to meet northern Tuareg rebels

2014-07-09 09:19

Mali government officials are set to meet northern Tuareg separatist rebels in Algiers, Frecnh Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says, indicating progress in their stalled peace talks.

Anti-graft judges to rule on Wade's son

2014-04-16 19:15

Judges in Senegal are deliberating on the fate of former president Abdoulaye Wade’s son Karim, detained for a year on corruption charges after accumulating a fortune worth more than $1bn.

W African states in last-minute talks

2014-03-28 10:36

West African nations have held last-minute talks to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the EU that would open up the region’s economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials say.

Ecowas urges members to send troops to Mali

2013-10-23 22:04

The president of Ecowas has urged member states and other countries to send troops to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali following a surge in Islamist attacks.

Nigeria to start Mali troop withdrawal

2013-07-31 07:55

Nigeria will begin withdrawal of some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency, officials say.

Nigeria to withdraw some troops from Mali

2013-07-18 21:19

Nigeria plans to withdraw some of its troops from Mali because they are needed back home, where the country is battling a deadly Islamist insurgency.

Mali Tuaregs, Bamako on brink of poll deal

2013-06-12 07:53

Mali's rebel Tuaregs say they are ready to sign a deal that would pave the way for Bamako to hold nationwide polls next month.

Pan-Muslim body urges aid for Mali

2013-05-13 19:03

The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation is urging its member states to make generous contributions at a donors' conference on Mali to be held this week in Brussels.

Chad calls for rapid troop deployment

2013-02-27 21:08

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has urged the Malian army and West African force to speed up the deployment of troops to northern Mali.

Mali urges world to stand by it

2013-02-05 14:28

Mali has urged the international community to stand by its side to drive out Islamist extremists from its territory as the UN, African Union and other global players meet in Brussels.

French, Malian troops patrol Timbuktu

2013-01-29 11:42

French and Malian forces are patrolling Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu, after a hero’s welcome following their lightning advance north.

Ecowas beefing up troop presence in Mali

2013-01-26 22:09

West African regional bloc Ecowas says will boost its troop deployment to Mali to nearly 6 000 to fight Islamists, Ivory Coast's defence chief General Soumaila Bakayoko says.

W African defence chiefs to meet on Mali

2013-01-25 13:58

West African defence chiefs will meet in an emergency session in Abidjan to discuss military operations in Mali aimed at flushing out Islamists, regional bloc Ecowas says.

1st African forces move to central Mali

2013-01-24 07:43

The first contingent of an African force being deployed in Mali has begun moving towards the centre of the country, where French troops are seeking to help Mali's army push back Islamist fighters.

AU praises France's 'remarkable' Mali action

2013-01-17 09:41

African Union President Thomas Boni Yayi has praised the "remarkable work" of the French military in Mali, saying its troops are "practically saving" Africa.

African army chiefs meet on Mali conflict

2013-01-15 16:27

Western African army chiefs have met in Bamako on plans to send African troops to join an offensive against Islamists occupying northern Mali.

Mali: An African war France couldn't avoid

2013-01-14 12:20

France has been thrust onto the front line of one of the continent’s riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali.

SA: No plans to send troops to Mali

2013-01-13 17:32

South Africa isn't planning to send soldiers to help Mali's government battle Islamist rebels that have occupied the north of the country, foreign affairs says.

UN approves Mali intervention force

2012-12-20 23:17

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved sending an African-led intervention force to help Mali's army reconquer much of the country from Islamist militants.

Africa slams army interference in Mali

2012-12-12 14:07

The AU and West African regional block have condemned army interference in Mali’s politics after the prime minister was forced to resign.

Bouteflika backs foreign help in Mali

2012-12-11 14:10

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika says it is normal for Mali to get global support in its fight against “terrorism”, while urging talks with moderate rebels.

Ghana leader urges respect for vote results

2012-12-10 11:31

Ghana's John Dramani Mahama has urged respect for results giving him victory in presidential polls after the opposition alleged fraud.

Observers say Ghana poll transparent

2012-12-09 20:44

West African observers have declared that Ghana's just concluded presidential election was 'peaceful and transparent' but noted widespread technical glitches.

'Military intervention in Mali inevitable'

2012-12-05 09:21

The chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States has spoken in favour of a timely military operation against the Islamic rebels in northern Mali.

 

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone, Liberia

2014-07-11 12:10

Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 cases and 21 deaths between 6-8 July, WHO says.

Mali at war with terrorists, says PM

2014-05-19 11:19

Mali’s PM has warned the country is "at war" with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal, after clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead.

Senegal closes border over Guinea Ebola

2014-03-30 09:29

Guinea is racing to contain a deadly Ebola epidemic spreading from its southern forests to the capital Conakry, while neighbouring Senegal has closed its border.

Call for more troops to secure peace in Mali

2013-10-26 10:05

Leaders of the 15-nation west African bloc Ecowas have met in Senegal to call for "urgent steps" from the international community to secure peace in Mali and discuss the creation of a single currency.

Senegal gives medics the boot

2013-10-23 18:15

The Senegalese government has thrown out a big medical conference in favour of a regional summit.

Mali polls will go ahead

2013-07-18 21:57

West African leaders have insisted Mali's presidential election would be held on 28 July as scheduled despite doubts over whether the crisis-hit nation was ready.

Navy needed for Gulf of Guinea piracy

2013-06-24 21:28

West and Central African leaders have called for the deployment of an international naval force in the Gulf of Guinea as they met in Cameroon to discuss maritime security in the pirate-infested waters.

SA must make the best of Obama's visit

2013-05-21 11:46

SA should use the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama to cement its good relations with the US, writes Simon Williamson.

Ecowas agrees to send 8 000 troops to Mali

2013-03-01 08:56

West African bloc Ecowas has agreed to double the number of troops it would send to Mali to 8 000, as a two-day regional summit ended in Ivory Coast.

West African Mali forces to cost €715m

2013-02-25 20:30

West African nations will need aid worth €715m to sustain and reinforce a military mission to help fight Islamists in Mali.

UN: Mali must start election work now

2013-01-30 09:28

The UN special envoy for the Sahel, Romano Prodi, is urging Mali's government to start election preparations immediately, a report says.

Mali crisis: UK mulls more troops

2013-01-29 07:47

Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, reports say.

AU seeks additional troops for Mali mission

2013-01-26 08:12

The AU is seeking to bolster the strength of the African-led force in Mali and has given member states one week to commit troops to the mission, officials say.

French destroy Islamist bases in Mali

2013-01-24 20:38

French aircraft have destroyed two Islamist bases in northern Mali as a leading al-Qaeda-linked group in the region split saying it wanted talks to end a Paris-led offensive.

French, Malian troops enter Diabaly

2013-01-21 15:20

French and Malian troops have entered the central frontline town of Diabaly as they push north in their bid to flush out fanatical al-Qaeda-linked rebels who have threatened reprisal attacks.

2 000 Ecowas troops in Mali within 10 days

2013-01-17 08:30

At least 2 000 Ecowas troops forming part of a regional intervention in Mali’s French-backed war against Islamic extremists are set to arrive in Bamako within the next 10 days, official sources say.

30 000 displaced in Mali fighting

2013-01-15 08:59

An estimated 30 000 people may have been displaced by fighting in central and northern Mali since Islamist insurgents suddenly started moving south last week, the UN says.

Leaders to meet in emergency Mali summit

2013-01-14 07:39

An emergency summit of leaders from the west African bloc Ecowas is set to meet in Abidjan, as the region readies troops to assist in its fight against Islamists.

Traore won't wait to fight Islamists

2013-01-01 13:30

Mali's interim president says his administration could not wait several months before launching an offensive to wrest the north of the country back from Islamist groups.

Leaders: Mali intervention urgent

2012-12-17 22:03

African leaders have renewed their call for the urgent deployment of a regional military force to recapture northern Mali from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Malians must unite, says new PM

2012-12-12 09:19

Mali's new prime minister says his priorities are to regain control of the north from Islamists and organise a general election in the troubled west African nation.

Ivory Coast urges UN force for Mali

2012-12-11 12:59

Ivory Coast has urged the UN Security Council to approve "n the coming days", an international force to confront extremist groups in northern Mali.

Ghana polls: Mahama declared winner

2012-12-10 07:59

Ghanaian incumbent John Dramani Mahama has been declared the winner of closely fought presidential polls, but the opposition has alleged fraud.

Mali rebels vow to respect national unity

2012-12-05 13:13

Mali government officials have met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out "terrorism".

AU and Chad press UN over Mali force

2012-12-04 22:22

The acting head of the African Union and the president of Chad have issued a joint call for the United Nations to rapidly authorise an intervention force for Islamist-held northern Mali.

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