Saudi, UAE head to Paris to offer helping hand to West Africa force

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS, Dec 13 : – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are attending a summit in Paris on Wednesday aimed at accelerating efforts to set up a West African force to battle Islamist militants, a sign Gulf Arab states are upping their influence in the region. The G5 […]

Niger, Mali leaders seek funding for new anti-jihadist force

By Boureima Balima NIAMEY, Sept 13 : Mali and Niger, two of the West African nations worst affected by jihadist violence, appealed on Wednesday for international funding for a regional force they have set up to counter Islamist insurgencies. Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou said the force assembled by the G5 […]

Informal economy not enough to handle Africa’s workforce explosion

By Jeremy Gaunt LONDON, Aug 9 : Unemployment in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy, is running at more than 14 percent and climbing; in South Africa, the second largest economy, it is over 27 percent. For youth in both places, it is far more. This may seem bad enough, but according to International Monetary Fund […]

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 […]