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West African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The fund would help reinforce the military operations of the West African countries in their fight against jihadist attacks in the region

ECOWAS. (From L-R) Presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Idriss Deby of Chad, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, Faure Gnassigbe of Togo, Macky Sall of Senegal, and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria pose after the opening ceremony of ECOWAS G5 security summit in Ouagadougou on September 14, 2019. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Jubilant Gambia awaits president's return

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Adama Barrow s return caps days of anxious waiting in the tiny former British colony that was thrown into chaos when longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refused to leave after losing a December 1 vote

MR PRESIDENT This file photo taken on December 12, 2016 shows Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow speaking during an interview in Banjul. Seyllou/AFP

African troops prepare for Gambian president's return

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Meanwhile Equatorial Guinea authorities refuse to confirm Yahya Jammeh s arrival despite an opposition statement condemning the relocation

Senegalese soldiers members of ECOWAS forces (Economic Community of West African States) arrive in Banjul as they drive to secure the Statehouse on January 22, 2017.  Carl de Souza/AFP

African troops on standby as Gambia deadline passes

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action but diplomats say he remained in The Gambia by 2330 GMT

EVACUATION. Tourists prepare to leave their hotel in Banjul on January 18, 2017 after the British Government changed the travel advisory for Gambia to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh. Stringer/AFP

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Jan 18, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declares a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down

This file photo taken on March 28, 2014 shows outgoing President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia attending the 44th summit of the 15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Foundation in Yamoussoukro. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Gambian crisis takes center stage at Mali summit

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made clear he will not stand aside until the country s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month s polls

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and France's President Francois Hollande (C) pose with African leaders for a family picture at the start of the Africa-France summit in Bamako on January 14, 2017. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

African Union suspends Burkina Faso and slaps sanctions on coup junta

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:03 AM

UPDATED The 54 member bloc imposes a travel ban and asset freeze on the junta s leaders

SANCTIONED. A sign reads, 'Collective against the confiscation of democracy in Burkina Faso' gather to protest against the military coup in Burkina Faso, which halted preparations for the west African nation's first democratic election, on September 18, 2015, outside the nation's embassy in Paris. Photo by Francois Guillot/AFP

Burkina scrambles to pick interim head before sanctions deadline

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Four candidates emerge after tangled negotiations between the army political parties and civil society groups in the west African nation

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Time running out for deal on Burkina transition gov't – AU chief

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:13 PM

Delicate negotiations loom to hammer out a transition plan

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina Faso transition talks off to rocky start

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Meanwhile ousted leader Blaise Compaore accuses his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow

A man from Burkina Faso walks through Place de la Nation, scene of mass protests last week in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina talks agree one-year transition, polls in Nov 2015

Nov 06, 2014 - 9:02 AM

There is mounting international pressure on the military to return the country to civilian rule

President of Ghana John Mahama Dramani (C) President of Senegal Macky Sall (R) and President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan (L) attend a meeting of ECOWAS leaders and the transitional leader of Burkina Faso Lt Col Isaac Zida (not pictured) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 05 November 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Burkina's President Blaise Compaore ousted

Nov 01, 2014 - 8:29 AM

Army chief Navere Honore Traore says he would take power in line with constitutional measures a move which will prove hugely unpopular with the protesters who see him as a close ally of Compaore

OUSTED. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, speaks during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 25 September 2013. File photo by Stan Honda/EPA/Pool

Countries scramble to make up for 'precious time' lost in Ebola fight

Sep 16, 2014 - 6:51 AM

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session on Thursday September 18 to discuss ways to ramp up the global response to the epidemic

Dr. Matthias Schnell works in a sterile tissue culture hood with a machine used to concentrate rabies virus cells grown in the lab to the right levels for injection into animals, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 03 September 2014. Thomas Jefferson University/Handout/EPA

Health workers death toll mounts in West Africa as Ebola spreads

Aug 31, 2014 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization voices concern about the unprecedented number of healthcare workers hit by the Ebola outbreak

French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) staff members standing wearing protective gear at the MSF ELWA hospital in Monrovia, 21 August 2014. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Fresh warning over Ebola as regional crisis talks start

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:00 PM

A total of 1 427 people have died from Ebola since the start of the year with 2 615 people infected

TO ISOLATION. A picture taken on August 25, 2014 in Monrovia shows nurses wearing a protective suit escorting a man infected with the Ebola virus to a hospital in Monrovia. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

Jul 26, 2014 - 8:04 AM

The victim was suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhea upon arrival in Lagos City s international airport Officials say he avoided contact with the general public between the airport and the hospital

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

Mali 'at war with terrorists' after clashes: PM

May 19, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Mali Prime Minister Moussa Mara tells reporters The terrorists have declared war on Mali so Mali is at war against these terrorists promising to mobilize the resources to fight the war

French enter last main Islamist-held town in northern Mali

Jan 30, 2013 - 8:46 PM

French troops on Wednesday January 30 entered Kidal the last Islamist bastion in Mali s north to be recaptured in a whirlwind Paris led offensive amid reports the radicals have regrouped in remote hills near Algeria

Hero's welcome as French-led troops enter Timbuktu

Jan 29, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as the French led troops entered the town jubilantly waving French and Malian flags after months of suffering under the Islamists brutal rule

LIBERATED. Residents celebrate after Malian soldiers entered the historic city of Timbuktu, occupied for 10 months by Islamists who imposed a harsh form of sharia, on January 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG

French-led troops close in on Timbuktu

Jan 28, 2013 - 8:07 AM

French led troops were closing in on Mali s fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Sunday January 27 after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamist groups in the north of the country

This handout picture released and taken on January 27, 2013 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows Malian soldiers lining up to embark on French army transport bound for Gao on January 26, 2013 in Sevare. AFP PHOTO / ECPAD / GHISLAIN MARIETTE

France launches 'total reconquest' of Mali's north

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:12 AM

French troops on Sunday January 20 consolidated gains in Mali s Islamist held north as Paris said the aim was its total reconquest and Canada Germany and Russia offered vital aid for the offensive

IN MALI. French soldiers from the 5th RHC (Combat Helicopter Regiment) walk on the flight path on January 20, 2013 at the 101st airbase near Bamako. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

West African bloc seeks urgent UN aid for Mali force

Jan 20, 2013 - 10:49 AM

West African leaders Saturday January 19 sought urgent UN aid for a regional force to fight Islamists in Mali as President Francois Hollande said French troops would remain as long as needed to stamp out terrorism

French soldiers prepare ammunitions on January 16, 2013 at a military airbase in Bamako before his regiment's deployment as part of the "Serval" operation against Islamists occupying northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

France battles Mali Islamists as hostage crisis unfolds

Jan 17, 2013 - 7:39 AM

French troops battled Islamist rebels in Mali in a war that escalated as Al Qaeda linked fighters killed two people in neighboring Algeria and claimed to have taken 41 foreigners hostage in retaliation for France s crusade

French soldiers prepare ammunitions on January 16, 2013 at a military airbase in Bamako before his regiment's deployment as part of the "Serval" operation against Islamists occupying northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO