US Secretary of State to focus on security on first African visit

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI, Mar 7 : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Ethiopia at the start of his first diplomatic trip to Africa on Wednesday, seeking to bolster security alliances on a continent increasingly turning to China for aid and trade. He was due to visit the African Union where many officials […]

Donors pledge $500 mln for troops in West Africa’s Sahel

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 23 : International donors pledged half a billion dollars for a multinational military operation in West Africa’s Sahel region on Friday, as Europe seeks to stop migrants and militants reaching its shores. At a conference of about 50 countries including the United States, Japan and Norway, […]

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 – […]