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November 17, 2017
Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis
Saint Louis, Senegal (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal's Saint-Louis is familiar, but just metres down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change. Listed in 2000 as a UNESCO world heritage site, Saint Louis has fallen into disrepair, and without urgent intervention more than 300 years of colonial history could be lost. Beautifully coloured buildings with colonial facades line the streets of the city, once known as "Africa's Venice", ... read more

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Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. ... more
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Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know
Zimbabwe is under the control of the military two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party's senior ranks. ... more
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Virginia Tech explore causes of land cover change in African savannas
A new study by Virginia Tech researchers tracks land cover changes in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana and provides information that will allow governments and nonprofit organizations to impr ... more
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UN peacekeeping missions under pressure to reform in Africa
African leaders called this week for an overhaul in the way peacekeeping missions are handled on the continent, as the United Nations itself reconsiders its deployments in an age of cross-border terrorism. ... more
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African leaders urge support for new security doctrine
African leaders on Monday used a regional forum to underline the need for the continent to assure its own security after years of Western interventions, while also calling for international funding to support the anti-terror fight.. ... more
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US investigators return to scene of Niger ambush
US investigators on Sunday returned to a village in Niger where four American soldiers were killed in an ambush in October carried out by Islamist militants, the military said. ... more
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Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified 52 potential wildlife corridors linking protected areas across Tanzania. Using a cost-effective combination of interviews with loc ... more
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Niger ambush probe to last until at least January: Pentagon
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 announced Wednesday. ... more

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Sahel anti-terror force sees teething problems in first mission
The maiden mission of a counterterrorism force that aims to tackle jihadist groups in the troubled Sahel experienced "logistical problems" but they are not "insurmountable", according to the military's first appraisal of the operation. ... more
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Judges finish investigation into Guinea stadium massacre
Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry said in a statement Thursday. ... more
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Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest
With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter and deadlier due to global warming, US researchers said Monday. ... more
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Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. ... more
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US strikes IS in Somalia for first time
The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia on Friday, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. ... more
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Morocco architect fights concrete with tradition
An unexpected gust of cool air greets visitors to the new archives centre in Tiznit in the mountains of southern Morocco, even without air-conditioning despite extreme heat outside its walls. ... more
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US mission in Niger not what US commanders say it was: reportw
The military operation that left four US commandos dead in Niger was actually a mission to capture or kill a jihadist leader, not a routine reconnaissance patrol as asserted by the Pentagon, ABC News reported Thursday. ... more
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Death of soldiers highlights US military presence in Niger
The killing of four US soldiers in Niger has highlighted the geo-strategic role the mainly desert west African nation plays in the American fight against Islamist groups in Africa. ... more

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US military to pursue Niger operations after deadly attack
The United States will maintain its large military presence in Niger to assist local forces despite the deaths of four American soldiers in an ambush, the Pentagon's top officer said Monday. ... more
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Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter IS
The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say. ... more
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Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role
The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action. ... more
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UN anti-torture panel suspends Rwanda trip over 'obstructions'
A United Nations torture prevention panel has suspended a trip to Rwanda, citing obstruction by the authorities and fears that interviewees would suffer "reprisals", a statement from the UN rights office said. ... more
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C. Africa holds military intervention record
The Central African Republic, where UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will Tuesday pay his first visit to a peacekeeping operation, holds the record for international interventions on its soil. ... more
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Pentagon opens Niger ambush probe as new details emerge
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis revealed new details of a Niger ambush that left four US servicemen dead, including that the body of one slain soldier was not immediately evacuated. ... more
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Chad extends key conservation area in national park
Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. ... more
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New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
French judges have heard from a new witness who claims to have seen missiles allegedly used to kill former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death sparked genocide in 1994, a source close to the case told AFP on Monday. ... more
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