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 […]

Africa tells FIFA it wants 10 places at expanded World Cup

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 : Africa will be looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup, the continent’s football association presidents have told soccer’s world governing body FIFA. Africa wants at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup that FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed from […]