At least 66 journalists 'languishing in African jails' – media watchdog

2017-12-14 11:30

At least 262 journalists have been jailed for doing their job around the world, and 66 of these, are in Africa - as of December 1, says a media watchdog.

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.

Mauritania's controversial new flag flies for first time

2017-11-28 17:14

A new national flag for Mauritania flew for the first time on Tuesday, the country's independence day, following a contested constitutional referendum that prompted a senator's arrest and hunger strike.

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.

Mauritania blogger's death penalty cut to 2 years

2017-11-09 21:17

A Mauritanian appeals court reduced the death penalty for a blogger accused of blasphemy to a two-year jail term, a legal source has said, after a case that has drawn protests from rights watchdogs.

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.

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.

'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.

US pledges $60m to regional Sahel force

2017-10-30 18:45

The United States will pledge $60m to support the new G5 Sahel regional counter-terrorism force, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said, ahead of UN talks on the operation.


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.

500 trafficking victims rescued in west Africa: Interpol

2017-11-23 22:44

Forty people are facing prosecution after police raids in west and central Africa rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking,says Interpol.

Mauritania broadens death penalty for blasphemy

2017-11-17 18:14

Showing repentance will no longer prevent the death penalty from being applied for blasphemy and apostasy, Mauritania has said, as the conservative Muslim nation hardens up its religious laws.

Mauritanian prosecutors appeal sentence against 'blasphemy' blogger

2017-11-10 19:30

Mauritanian prosecutors has said they had appealed against a two-year prison term served on a blogger who had earlier received a death sentence for blasphemy.

Algeria, Mauritania to open first border post

2017-11-09 17:05

Maghreb neighbours Algeria and Mauritania are to open their first border post more than 50 years after independence from France, the Mauritanian news agency AMI has reported.

Appeal begins for Mauritanian sentenced over blasphemy

2017-11-08 21:29

A Mauritanian court has began hearing an appeal into a blogger sentenced to death over an article deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, a case that has spurred protests from rights watchdogs.

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.

Why are Sahel countries deploying an anti-jihad force?

2017-10-31 14:21

The UN Security Council has looked at ways of shoring up a new G5 Sahel regional counter-terrorism force, with France seeking UN funding and support for the fight against jihad in Africa.

African anti-jihad force makes first steps in troubled Sahel

2017-10-26 16:25

Five nations in Africa's Sahel region are progressively deploying a counter-terror force to combat jihadist groups but the project will be vulnerable during its fledgling stage, diplomats and military sources say.

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