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S Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 21:30

Saudi Arabia has pledged $100m towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30m, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

France to host talks on accelerating Sahel force deployment

2017-11-30 17:16

French President Emmanuel Macron will host talks in Paris on December 13 on "speeding up deployment" of a five-nation anti-terrorism force in the Sahel, aides have said.

Top Africa Stories: Grace Mugabe, Kenyatta, Macron

2017-11-29 08:47

Ex-Zanu-PF party women's boss Oppah Muchinguri says she feared being killed after she was pressured by a lot of people to give up the powerful women’s league position to Grace Mugabe, and Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as president of Kenya.

Macron, on African tour, vows to release files on Burkina hero

2017-11-28 20:31

President Emmanuel Macron has kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero in many parts of the continent.

Burkina Faso launches Sahel region's largest solar power plant

2017-11-28 19:29

West Africa's biggest solar power plant goes onstream as Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries, inaugurates a novel scheme to boost renewables and cut energy dependence on its neighbours.

Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

2017-11-28 16:32

French President Emmanuel Macron has landed in Burkina Faso evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France's regional influence and stemming the continent's migrant exodus.

UN seeks to put human rights experts into new Sahel force

2017-11-18 15:03

The United Nations is seeking to put human rights advisers and monitors into the 5 000-troop African force from five nations that in charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

2017-11-16 09:51

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission

2017-11-07 20:33

The maiden mission of a counterterrorism force that aims to tackle jihadist groups in the troubled Sahel has experienced "logistical problems" but they are not "insurmountable", according to the military's first appraisal of the operation.

Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight

2017-11-05 17:03

Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government has said.

 

Africa, Europe seek to boost Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 18:11

France's Emmanuel Macron has hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel.

On Africa tour, Macron vows to open files on Burkina hero

2017-11-29 10:07

President Emmanuel Macron has kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader and announcing a billion-euro fund for African businesses.

French president calls for migrant smuggling crackdown

2017-11-28 21:32

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the trafficking of African migrants a "crime against humanity" as he began an African visit in Burkina Faso with his first major address on the continent.

Macron: Compaore's brother should be extradited

2017-11-28 20:31

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is confident that French judicial authorities will extradite the brother of Burkina Faso's former leader in an investigation of the killing of a journalist.

Stones thrown at French convoy in Burkina Faso

2017-11-28 18:30

The French presidency's spokesperson says stones have been thrown at a vehicle transporting members of the French delegation accompanying President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Burkina Faso.

Burkina grenade attack greets Macron's Africa tour

2017-11-28 06:08

Three civilians have been wounded in Burkina Faso after a grenade was thrown at French troops shortly before President Emmanuel Macron touched down for the start of his first Africa tour.

Suspected jihadists kill at least 6 in northern Burkina Faso

2017-11-18 14:18

Local government and security officials say suspected jihadists have staged an attack in Burkina Faso's northern Soum province, killing at least six people.

France pledges to increase aid to Sahel by one third

2017-11-09 14:36

France says it will increase its development aid to the troubled Sahel by more than a third, linking the extra funds to the fight against jihadist groups in the vast African region.

Burkina president presses France on extradition of ex-leader's brother

2017-11-06 12:02

Burkina Faso's president says the existence of the death penalty in his country should not stop France from extraditing the brother of its ousted leader over the 1998 killing of a journalist.

'G5' anti-jihadist force begins operations in Sahel

2017-11-01 21:12

A joint anti-jihadist force linking countries in the Sahel began operations, the French military mission in the region, which is providing support, has said.

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