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Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which there have been strong and stable bipartisan cooperation in recent years. However, US relations with Africa have, in large part, enjoyed just such cooperation. Since […]

Malian Soldiers Killed in Attack As Violence Surges

Malian Soldiers Killed in Attack As Violence Surges

Eleven soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an attack on a military base in Mali as rival armed groups surrounded the city of Timbuktu. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack near the border with Burkina Faso on Sunday but armed groups, including al-Qaeda affiliates, have been increasingly active in […]

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali: said they were “places of depravity.”

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali: said they were “places of depravity.”

Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu on Saturday, saying they were “places of depravity”, local sources said. “The youngsters were very organised, having targeted what to destroy,” said a resident reached by phone who asked not to be identified. “Beer bottles […]

The al-Qaeda threat in Mali presents a new challenge to U.N. peacekeepers making it world’s most dangerous U.N. mission

The al-Qaeda threat in Mali presents a new challenge to U.N. peacekeepers making it world’s most dangerous U.N. mission

Since World War II, U.N. peacekeepers have been dispatched to 69 conflicts — civil wars, border disputes and failed states. But now they are confronting an unsettling new threat: al-Qaeda. Here in the vast, lawless desert of northwest Africa, their convoys are being torn apart by improvised explosive devices and their compounds blasted by 1,000-pound […]

Black Stars Lose Key Defender At Afcon

Black Stars Lose Key Defender At Afcon

Ghana will have to overcome the loss of key defender Baba Rahman as they prepare to take on Mali in their second Group D match at the 2017 African Nations Cup finals in Gabon on Saturday (16h00 GMT). Rahman, on loan to German Bundesliga side Schalke from Chelsea this season, has been ruled out of […]

Sophie Petronin a French-Swiss Woman, Aid Worker Kidnapped by Islamist Group Mourabitoun in Mali

Sophie Petronin a French-Swiss Woman, Aid Worker Kidnapped by Islamist Group Mourabitoun in Mali

A Malian state prosecutor said on Wednesday that the Islamist militant group al Mourabitoun is suspected of kidnapping a French-Swiss aid worker from the city of Gao in northern Mali. Sophie Petronin has not been seen publicly since Saturday, when men snatched her and drove off in a pickup truck. She ran a charity for […]

Humans are destroying the world; wildlife populations plunge 60% in just two generations

Humans are destroying the world; wildlife populations plunge 60% in just two generations

When you take a look at the Earth as a whole, people are responsible for the vast majority of its problems. From all of the pollution, to the terrorism and destruction, human beings do not treat our planet with the respect that it deserves. While it is easy to pass off these issues as not […]

Orange launches Orange Money in France to allow money transfers to three countries in Africa and within mainland France

Orange launches Orange Money in France to allow money transfers to three countries in Africa and within mainland France

Orange Money is available in Metropolitan France. This service is offered to Orange mobile subscribers(1) in France and enables them to transfer money via their mobile to other Orange Money customers in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, and within Metropolitan France. An offer that improves contact between Orange customers in France and Africa “We are delighted […]

Mali Conflict Puts Over 250,000 Orphans At Risk

Mali Conflict Puts Over 250,000 Orphans At Risk

Fighting over the last four years has killed hundreds of people in Mali. There are fewer battles involving government troops, separatists and al-Qaeda fighters but the war is far from over. As a result, more than 250,000 children in Mali are living without a father, mother or both parents, according to the UN. Aid workers […]

Ebola Survivors Struggling to Recover: Nobel Laureate Gbowee Backs Grassroots Ebola Fighters

Ebola Survivors Struggling to Recover: Nobel Laureate Gbowee Backs Grassroots Ebola Fighters

A famous maxim of uncertain origin defines insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting different results. In her opening statement at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security, Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee used this definition to describe challenges faced by UN engagements in peace operations and peacebuilding. The […]

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