French and West African presidents launch Sahel force

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Jul 2 : African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel today, which French President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn despite its current budget shortfall. Some observers see the initiative of the G5 Sahel bloc – […]

French and West African presidents launch Sahel force

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Jul 2 : African powers launched a new multinational military force in the Sahel today, which France’s President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn and some observers see as forming the basis of an exit strategy for French troops. Islamist militant groups, some with […]

US defense secretary arrives in Djibouti to visit key military base

By Idrees Ali DJIBOUTI, Apr 23 : US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Djibouti today to visit an important military base at the southern entrance to the Red Sea used as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia. The visit, part of Mattis’ week-long trip to the Middle East and Africa, comes […]

In drought-stricken Somaliland, families try to survive on black tea

By George Obulutsa and Abdirahman Hussein BURAO, Somalia, Mar 28 : In a makeshift camp beside a disused airfield in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland, 32-year old Nima Mohamed sits next to an open wood fire, boiling a kettle of black tea. Unless aid groups bring them food and water, the tea is the […]

Money transfer firm could take on Orange mobiles in Senegal

By Nellie Peyton DAKAR, Mar 19 : When Senegalese money transfer firm Wari agreed to buy the local mobile arm of Luxembourg-based Millicom International Cellular last month, it set the stage to challenge Orange’s hold on mobile phones in French-speaking West Africa. Wari plans to list on the West Africa stock exchange (the BRVM) in […]

African game faces uncertain future under new regime

By Mark Gleeson ADDIS ABABA, Mar 17 : African soccer faces an uncertain future after Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou was swept from power and a raft of new officials were voted into powerful positions. New president Ahmad promised widespread consultation as he seeks to make the game more inclusive after his […]