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One U.N. peacekeeper killed, four wounded in Mali

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UN peacekeepers patrol in the northern town of Kidal, file. REUTERS/Stringer BAMAKO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – One U.N. peacekeeper was killed and four more were severely wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Saturday, the United Nations’ force in Mali said. The bloodshed near......

EXCLUSIVE Flouting U.N. sanctions in Africa? No one is watching after Russia move

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia is delaying the appointment of panels of independent experts to monitor violations of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR)and Mali, diplomats said on Wednesday, leaving their work in limbo. Russia is unhappy with the number......

Mali could delay post-coup elections, interim PM says

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DAKAR, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Mali could push back presidential and legislative elections set for next February to avoid their validity being contested, its post-coup prime minister said. Mali’s progress back to democracy following the August 2020 overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is being closely monitored in a region......

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday at the United Nations. Mali’s year-old military junta is close to a deal to recruit the Russian private military contractors the Wagner......

Chad plans to double army size to deal with security challenges

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N’DJAMENA, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Chad’s transitional government said on Friday that it plans to drastically increase the size of its army to deal with security challenges, including threats from Islamist militants and armed rebels. Defence Minister General Daoud Yaya Brahim told parliament that the army has begun the process......

French minister in Mali to pressure junta over Russian mercenaries

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BAMAKO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – France’s Armed Forces Minister arrived in Mali on Sunday to pressure the military junta to end talks to bring Russian mercenaries into the country and push it to keep a promise to return the country to constitutional order in February. Diplomatic and security sources have......

West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups

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ACCRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – West Africa’s main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition – its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers. The move was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

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French President Emmanuel Macron is seen before the arrival of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (not seen) for a working lunch at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said......

U.S. State Department announces five additions to global terrorist list

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/Pool WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The State Department on Friday announced the addition of five alleged Islamist militants to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, requiring the blocking of......

U.S. Supreme Court rules for Nestle, Cargill over slavery lawsuit

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WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a lawsuit accusing Cargill Inc and a Nestle SA (NESN.S) subsidiary of knowingly helping perpetuate slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms, but sidestepped a broader ruling on the permissibility of suits accusing American companies of human rights......

French army kills an al Qaeda leader in Sahel, minister says

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The French army has killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region who is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists in 2013, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted on Friday. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source –......

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as transitional president

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A supporter of Mali’s M5-RFP opposition coalition, holds a poster of the colonel Assimi Goita during a rally to mark a year since the start of protest marches that contributed to the ouster of former President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita at the Independence Square in Bamako, Mali June 4, 2021. The......

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