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July 10, 2017
Gambian army 'hostile elements' working against government
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 7, 2017
The head of a West African force maintaining security in The Gambia told AFP Friday that army officials loyal to veteran former leader Yahya Jammeh were plotting against the new government. West African troops were first sent to The Gambia in January to compel Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow, but were retained at the new president's request over fears for his safety. Colonel Magatte Ndiaye, the head of a Senegalese contingent deployed by the the Economic Communit ... read more

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3 killed in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence
Clashes between armed groups killed three people in northeastern Mali on Thursday, a security source told AFP, as the United Nations condemned repeated ceasefire violations by the combatants. ... more
AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. ... more
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UNESCO said Tuesday that it had decided to remove Ivory Coast's Comoe National Park from its list of endangered world heritage sites after more than a decade of conservation efforts. ... more
Mali relaunches beleagured peace process
Mali's government and armed groups which signed a 2015 peace deal have relaunched talks aimed at speeding up its implementation after several delays, they told AFP Saturday. ... more
Clashes erupt in C. Africa a day after peace deal
Fighting broke out Tuesday in the Central African Republic, with at least one person killed and scores wounded, dashing hopes for stability the day after the signing of a ceasefire deal. ... more
Mali ex-rebels reject national charter on peace deal anniversary; Dozens killedw/l
Mali's former rebel alliance on Tuesday rejected a national reconciliation charter unveiled on the second anniversary of the signing a peace deal with the government, underscoring the country's fraying peace process. ... more
C. Africa govt inks peace deal with rebel groups
The Central African Republic's government on Monday signed an "immediate ceasefire" deal with rebel groups at a meeting in Rome aimed at ending violence in the strife-torn country. ... more
Five Mali soldiers killed in attack on military camp
Five soldiers were killed Saturday in northern Mali, where a surge in violence has prompted calls for the UN to create a new anti-jihadist force for the region. ... more

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France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force
France's foreign minister said Thursday he was confident "we will get there" in convincing a reluctant United States to give United Nations backing to an anti-jihadist force drawn from five African countries. ... more
Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border
Qatar has withdrawn its peacekeeping troops from the Djibouti-Eritrea border, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after years of mediating in a territorial dispute between the two African states. ... more
Tunisian soldier dead after landmine blast
A Tunisian soldier died on Monday of his wounds from a landmine explosion on Mount Ouergha in the west of the country near the Algerian border, the defence ministry said. ... more
Mob justice fears after soldier's gruesome death in Ghana
An off-duty soldier in Ghana who was lynched while out running was laid to rest with full state honours on Friday, in a case that has sparked fears about the "growing menace" of mob justice. ... more
Nigerian soldier sentenced to death for 'Boko Haram' murder
Nigeria's military on Friday said a soldier had been sentenced to death for murdering a Boko Haram suspect, in a rare publicised conviction of army abuse in the long-running conflict. ... more
UN peacekeeper death toll rises after Mali jihadist attack
The death toll in a jihadist attack on UN peacekeepers in northern Mali has risen to four, the United Nations mission in the country said Saturday. ... more
France faces US reservations over UN backing for Sahel force
France on Friday sought to address US reservations over its request that the United Nations authorize an African military force tasked with fighting jihadists in the Sahel region. ... more
EU to give 50 million euros for African force in Sahel
The EU is giving 50 million euros to set up a joint African military force in the Sahel region to fight jihadists, the bloc's foreign affairs chief said Monday. ... more

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One dead after Gambian protesters clash with W. African troops
A Gambian protester died of gunshot wounds Saturday, the day after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. ... more
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China rejects Uganda ivory trafficking claims against diplomats
China on Thursday rejected allegations that two of its diplomats working in Uganda were involved in the trafficking of ivory from the African country. ... more
African Union offers full support for UN climate deal
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Benin on Wednesday announced a 10-year plan to rehabilitate Pendjari National Park, one of the last viable wildlife reserves in west Africa. ... more
Ivory Coast army chief meets mutineers in their barracks
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Rwanda to control presidential candidates' social media use
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