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.

Two dead in suicide bombing in Cameroon mosque

2017-12-12 06:00

Two people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources have said.

Niger evacuates 500 of its nationals from Libya

2017-12-07 18:00

Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4 000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry 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.

More remains of slain US soldier found in Niger

2017-11-22 13:26

Additional remains of a US soldier who was killed in an ambush in Niger last month have been found in the West African nation, the Pentagon has said.

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.

Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon

2017-11-09 18:01

An investigation into an ambush that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger early October will not conclude until at least January 2018, the Pentagon has announced.

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 closes 14 health establishments for 'alarming' flaws

2017-11-03 19:31

The West African state of Niger has ordered the closure of 14 privately-run health establishments after inspectors uncovered "alarming" failings, Health Minister Idi Illiassou has said.

'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.


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.

Hundreds of West African migrants return home from Libya

2017-12-08 19:30

Hundreds of West African migrants who had been stranded in Libya are returning home as worried governments repatriate them amid outrage over slave auctions.

Campaigners incensed at failings in Africa Aids war

2017-12-07 10:31

Angry Aids activists are urging western and central Africa to step up the fight against HIV, saying millions of people, especially children, are at risk from complacency and underfunding.

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.

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

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

2017-11-12 15:10

A group of vulnerable refugees from several African countries, who had been stuck in war-ravaged Libya, have been evacuated to Niger, the UN says.

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.

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.

America’s options in Niger: join forces to reduce tensions, or fan the flames

2017-11-03 13:15

If the US, simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will be missing an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region, writes The Conversation.

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.

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