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UN Security Council discusses funding for G5 Sahel force

UN Security Council discusses funding for G5 Sahel force

The Group of Five Sahel (G5 Sahel) Joint Force is expected to bolster existing efforts to combat terrorism in the region but requires international funding to succeed, said the United Nations head of peacekeeping operations during a UN Security Council briefing on Tuesday. Assistant-Secretary-General El-Ghassim Wane told the council that…

Odinga to announce post-election plans to an uneasy Kenya

Odinga to announce post-election plans to an uneasy Kenya

Defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga of Kenya is expected Wednesday to announce his plans for moving forward and “dealing with election fraud” after last week’s disputed voting results. The Nasa opposition candidate, whose coalition has cried foul over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory, had planned his address for Tuesday but postponed…

Online Chinese ‘ad fad’ using African children sparks ethical debate

Some online Chinese shoppers say they are boycotting companies that are using African children in video advertising messages, finding them exploitative and, in some cases involving adult themes and content, wildly inappropriate. The trend features African children holding up message blackboards to tout products, or repeating phrases and commercial slogans…

Burkina Faso: 18 dead in Ouagadougou attack

At least 18 people are dead and others wounded in an attack in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, according to multiple media reports early Monday. Government officials told AFP that the victims of the center city attack represent a range of nationalities, but they have yet to be identified….

Zambia’s opposition leader Hichilema due in court

Zambian opposition politician Hakainde Hichilema is expected at the Lusaka High Court on Monday, his United Party for National Development (UPND) announced on Sunday amid reports that treason charges against Hichilema will be dropped. Hichilema, the UPND presidential candidate who ran unsuccessfully against President Edgar Lungu last year, was arrested…

Kenyatta appeals for unity in victory speech, but Odinga rejects results

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya has been declared winner of the August 8 presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga remained adamant that the results are fraudulent and rejected the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announcement late Friday. Kenyatta was declared president-elect with 8,203,290 votes, or 54.27 percent of…

TASS report: Russia plans military cooperation deal with Niger

Russia’s TASS news agency reports that Moscow plans to sign a military cooperation deal with Niger, focused on international security and the war on terror. TASS, citing a government resolution published on Russia’s legal information website on Thursday, said the government would approve a draft agreement submitted by its Defense…

Guinea’s latest group of migrants home from Libya

More than 5,000 migrants so far this year have returned from Libya to their countries of origin, the International Organization for Migration said, including 132 people from Guinea who flew home to Conakry last Thursday. The group was on the sixth flight back to Guinea from Libya this year, as…