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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......

U.S. court orders Facebook to release anti-Rohingya content records for genocide case

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge has ordered Facebook (FB.O) to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down, rejecting its argument about protecting privacy as “rich with irony”. The judge in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday criticized Facebook......

French envoy to return to U.S. after fence-mending Biden-Macron call

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PARIS/WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. and French presidents moved to mend ties on Wednesday, with France agreeing to send its ambassador back to Washington and the White House acknowledging it erred in brokering a deal for Australia to buy U.S. instead of French submarines without consulting Paris. In......

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......

Bandits release 10 students kidnapped two months ago from Nigerian school

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KADUNA, Nigeria, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Bandits have released 10 more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The Reverend John Hayab, administrator of the Bethel Baptist High school, said 21 students from the school remained in captivity.......

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......

TurboTax maker Intuit to buy Mailchimp for about $12 bln in a data play

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An Intuit office is shown in San Diego, California August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake Sept 13 (Reuters) – Intuit Inc (INTU.O), known for its small-business accounting and DIY tax-filing software, said on Monday it will acquire digital marketing company Mailchimp for about $12 billion in a cash-and-stock deal. The deal,......

Regional envoys meet Guinea junta, ousted president after coup

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CONAKRY, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A delegation from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc on Friday met Guinea’s ousted president Alpha Conde and members of the junta that overthrew him, hoping to steer the country back toward a civilian-led, constitutional regime. Conde, who had been in power since 2010,......

Ivory Coast military helicopter crashes, killing five on board

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ABIDJAN, Sept 10 (Reuters) – A military helicopter crashed in northern Ivory Coast while on a reconnaissance mission near the border with Burkina Faso, killing all five crew members, the defence ministry said on Friday. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the crash, the ministry said......

U.S. CDC warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Brunei because of the rising......

Phone blackout imposed on Nigerian state amid crackdown on kidnappers

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Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Mobile telephone networks were shut down in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, residents said on Monday, after authorities ordered a......

Unauthenticated videos show Guinea’s President Conde detained by army

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CONAKRY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Videos shared on social media showed Guinea’s President Alpha Conde being detained by army special forces on Sunday. The videos, which Reuters could not immediately authenticate, were posted following hours of heavy gunfire around the presidential palace in Conakry. Reporting by Hereward Holland; editing by......

Heavy gunfire heard in Guinea capital Conakry -Reuters witness

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CONAKRY, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Heavy gunfire was heard in centre of Guinea capital Conakry on Sunday morning, according to a Reuters witness and videos shared on social media. A military source said the only bridge connecting the mainland to the Kaloum neighbourhood, which houses most of the ministries and......

Gunmen abduct 73 children from school in northwest Nigeria

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Security forces patrol as people wait for the arrival of the rescued JSS Jangebe schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara, Nigeria March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Sept 1 (Reuters) – Armed men kidnapped 73 children from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara in the latest mass abduction in the......

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