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March 04, 2015
Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay
Algiers (AFP) March 1, 2015
The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots. The deal, hammered out in eight months of tough negotiations in neighbouring Algeria, provides for the transfer of a raft of powers from Bamako to the north, an area the size of Texas that the rebels refer to as "Azawad". Al-Qaeda-linked militants seized control of northern Mali for more than nine months until a Fren ... read more

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Nigeria's military said Sunday that the offensive against Boko Haram was progressing, claiming soldiers had recovered stocks of arms abandoned by insurgents fleeing the recaptured town of Baga. ... more
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UN to formally end support for DR Congo operation
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Nigerian president calls for US help as Boko Haram invade city
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan appealed for more US help in fighting Boko Haram, as the Islamists struck again on Saturday and called for a boycott of upcoming general elections. ... more
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UN pulls support to DR Congo operation
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Niger parliament votes to send troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram
Niger's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to send troops to Nigeria to join a regional fight against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, lawmakers said. ... more
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Senegal hosts US, African army chiefs
Peace and security will be the focus of a conference bringing together top American military brass and the heads of 35 African armies which opened in Senegal on Monday. ... more
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Nigeria presidency hopeful Buhari expects 'landslide victory'
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Burkina presidential guard calls for PM to step down: security sources
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China defends aid role in Africa
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Chinese become targets in DR Congo anti-government riots
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African Union agrees 'substantive' transport deal with China
China and the African Union agreed Tuesday an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent. ... more
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Chad strongman wins control of regional fight against Boko Haram
Chad's President Idriss Deby has secured control of regional operations against deadly Boko Haram Islamists, riding roughshod over his supposed allies in a week-long diplomatic and military offensive. ... more
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