Soldiers in Mali detain President, PM, MOD

Military officers in Mali detained the president, prime minister and defence minister of the interim government on Monday (May 24), deepening political chaos in the West African country  just nine months after a military coup overthrew its previous leader  Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Diplomatic and government sources told Reuters and AFP that President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and defence minister Souleymane

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Nigeria army chief, others killed in plane crash

Nigeria army chief, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers died in a plane crash Friday (May 21) on an official visit to the northern state of Kaduna, the presidency said. The incident occurred “due to inclement weather” as the plane was landing at the Kaduna International Airport, the armed forces said in a statement. President Muhammadu Buhari, a former general

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Egypt expands military relations with Cyprus, Greece

Egypt is looking to strengthen military cooperation with Cyprus and Greece. This came during tripartite talks held by the defense ministers of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece, who discussed military relations and other issues of common interest in Cyprus on Wednesday (May 19). Egypt, neighbouring war-torn Libya, has long positioned itself as a bulwark of stability in the region. Earlier this month, Egypt

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Madagascar’s worst hunger crisis in years

Madagascar’s unrelenting drought in the southern part of the country is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The African island’s worst drought in 40 years has left more than a million people facing a year of desperate food shortages. “The scale of the catastrophe is beyond belief. If we don’t

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DR Congo declares ‘state of siege’ in violence-wrecked provinces

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege late Friday (April 30) in the eastern violence-wracked provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. A surge in attacks by armed groups and escalating inter-communal violence in the east have killed more than 300 people since the start of the year. The most recent attacks took place early on Saturday

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Chad’s President Idriss Deby dies on front line

Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno, a former army officer and trained pilot, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, died Tuesday (April 20), at the age of 68, of wounds suffered on the battlefield in the north of the country, during a fight against rebels, the armed forces announced on national television and radio. The stunning announcement came just

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