Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamist militants in Africa

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million (£138 million) in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west Africa, U.S. defence officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.

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U.S. military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting terror threat 12:11am GMT

THIES, Senegal African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training programme in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel.


Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient 08 Feb 2016

FREETOWN Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more.

At least 21 Hutus killed in 'alarming' east Congo violence - U.N. 08 Feb 2016

KINSHASA At least 21 people were killed, 40 wounded and dozens of houses burnt in weekend attacks aimed at Hutus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Monday, expressing alarm at rising ethnic violence.

Associated British Foods offers to buy South Africa's Illovo Sugar 08 Feb 2016

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's Illovo Sugar said on Monday it has received a non-binding expression of interest from its largest shareholder Associated British Foods in buying the rest of the company.


Rio Tinto says seeking growth opportunities in Africa 08 Feb 2016

CAPE TOWN Global mining firm Rio Tinto is looking for opportunities to expand in Africa as it bets on long term demand growth for minerals, a senior executive said on Monday.