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French journalist kidnapped in northern Mali appears in video

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A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything...

First-ever West Africa Joint Operations exercise a good step towards prosecuting...

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The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security held the first-ever West Africa Joint Operations regional exercise on 29 March 2021. The exercise was aimed at connecting...

ISS: ‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

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Ruling parties are using financial and political barriers to prevent their opponents from running for office. In the past two years, several West African countries...

Niger mourns 137 victims after deadliest attack in recent memory

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Flags flew at half-staff and Koranic verses played on state media on Tuesday as Niger began observing three days of national mourning for the...

Piracy off West Africa at “breaking point”

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The seas off West Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, are synonymous with piracy and other maritime crime. Respected maritime risk and security analysts...

ISS: Slow progress for West Africa’s latest counter-terrorism plan

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With several task forces and initiatives already operating, securing commitment for one plan was never going to be easy. More than a year after adopting...

Pirates target two tankers in Gulf of Guinea

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Two vessels have been attacked by pirates; one in the Gulf of Guinea and the other just outside of it, possibly by the same...

Violence in West Africa’s Sahel displaces record 2 million people, UN...

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The number of people fleeing violence in West Africa’s Sahel region has quadrupled in the past two years, with 2 million now displaced in...

In visit to Central African Republic, French general says situation not...

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A top French general in West Africa has dismissed calls for his country to engage more in Central African Republic (CAR) after rebels earlier...

Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in Mali attack

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Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in central Mali on Wednesday after a convoy struck an explosive device and came under...

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Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...
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