Oct 17, 2014

WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Coite d'Ivoire and Mali

The World Health Organization will send experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali, the two countries at greatest risk of being the next to be affected by the epidemic, WHO’s health security response chief, Isabelle Nuttall, said on Thursday. The ...

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. to move drone base to northern Niger: officials

The U.S. military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base farther north, allowing Washingon to better track Islamist fighters in the region, a defense official said Tuesday. The United States started drone surveillance flights out of Niger in early ...

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Jul 28, 2014

Air Algerie jet's black boxes to be sent to France

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in northern Mali last week will be transferred to France for analysis, the French Embassy in Mali said Sunday, as officials prepared for the process of identifying the remains of the dead. U.N. peacekeepers located ...

Jul 25, 2014

Air Algerie jet with 116 aboard 'probably crashed' in Mali

An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over restive northern Mali, and French officials say it has probably crashed — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. French fighter jets, U.N. peacekeepers and others hunted for signs ...

Air Algerie plane latest to crash; 110 feared dead

Jul 25, 2014

Air Algerie plane latest to crash; 110 feared dead

An Air Algerie flight crashed Thursday while en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, ...

Mali rebels attack city, take 30 hostages

May 19, 2014

Mali rebels attack city, take 30 hostages

Separatist Tuareg rebels launched an assault on the northern Mali city of Kidal over the weekend, killing eight soldiers, storming government buildings and taking 30 hostages in a “declaration of war” on the government, officials said Sunday. The attack was apparently prompted by a ...

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Apr 7, 2014

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali’s new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the West African nation’s postwar recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire Cabinet. Former Planning Minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on ...

West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers

Apr 4, 2014

West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers

Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer hemorraghic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea and is suspected of having emerged in Mali, after Liberia and Sierra Leone. The health minister in Mali, one of ...

Mar 24, 2014

Islamist group calls for Hollande assassination

A jihadist group repeated its calls for French President Francois Hollande’s assassination in revenge for the European nation’s recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said Sunday. The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a militant Islamist web site with ties to al-Qaida, says it ...

U.N. slices food aid as funds fall $1 billion short

Feb 3, 2014

U.N. slices food aid as funds fall $1 billion short

The U.N. World Food Program said Monday it is scaling back projects in a number of countries as it confronts a $1 billion funding shortfall, with costs mounting for missions such as Syria. Its director, Ertharin Cousin, was in Australia on Monday as part ...

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

Jan 22, 2014

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

France will broaden its military presence in Africa’s turbulent Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the terrorism threat from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview that France is moving toward ...