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African leaders agree to form joint counter-terrorism force

Troops from five Sahel countries are planning to set up a joint counter-terrorism force in the region to tackle jihadist threats. The announcement came as leaders of the Sahel G5 states – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – met in Mali’s capital Bamako on Monday, to discuss the …

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The Gambia shows sincere gratitude to Senegal’s Macky Sall for post-election intervention

The Gambia has expressed gratitude to its only landed neighbour, Senegal, for its intervention in the post election crisis. Senegal’s efforts in terms of mediation and by military intervention resulted in the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in the Gambia’s history. Gambian vice-president, Fatoumata Tambajang, was in …

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France poll Fillon ‘to fight on despite payment row’

The centre-right candidate for the French presidency, Francois Fillon, is set to tackle allegations of improper payments made to family members. He will address supporters from his campaign headquarters, in what an aide described as a fight-back. Mr Fillon’s bid has been overshadowed by claims, which he denies, that his …

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Australian: Catholic priests ‘abused 4,400 children’

An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. In one religious order, over 40% of church figures were accused of abuse. Over 4,440 people claim to have been victims between 1980 and 2015, the Royal …

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Egyptian army kills 14 militants in central Sinai raid

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Egyptian soldiers killed 14 militants and arrested ten others in a raid in central Sinai, the military said on Monday. The operation over the past five days destroyed three car bombs and 10 other explosive devices and seized weapons, communication devices and military clothing, the army spokesman added. An Islamist …

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“Fall Army-worm” threatens African farmers’ livelihoods

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa. The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi). It says farmers’ livelihoods are …

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