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Germany to allow Airbus Tiger helicopters to resume flights

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BERLIN The German Defence Ministry on Friday said it would lift the grounding order imposed on Airbus Tiger helicopters after a deadly crash during a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, but was continuing to investigate the cause.

Niger, Mali leaders seek funding for new anti-jihadist force 13 Sep 2017

NIAMEY Mali and Niger, two of the West African nations worst affected by jihadist violence, appealed on Wednesday for international funding for a regional force they have set up to counter Islamist insurgencies.

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Macron vows Caribbean rebuild as anger rises against European powers 13 Sep 2017

PORT-AU-PRINCE French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to quickly rebuild the islands of the French Caribbean during a visit on Tuesday meant to dispel anger at his government's response to Hurricane Irma, which killed at least 43 people in the region. | Video

Hummingbird Resources to take wing with Malian gold 12 Sep 2017

LONDON London-listed junior miner Hummingbird Resources is exploring for opportunities and investigating derivatives to manage gold price risk, as it brings online a Malian mine its much bigger previous owner Gold Fields rejected.

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Caribbean faces hard road to recovery after Irma's ravages 11 Sep 2017

VARADERO, Cuba From Cuba to Antigua, Caribbean islanders began counting the cost of Hurricane Irma on Sunday after the brutal storm left a trail of death, destruction and chaos from which the tourist-dependent region could take years to recover.

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Airbus issues safety alert on Tiger helicopters flying in turbulence 06 Sep 2017

BERLIN Airbus Helicopters, citing observations from an investigation into the crash of one of its Tiger helicopters during a U.N. mission in Mali, has urged operators to keep environmental factors in mind when using auto pilot during turbulence.

U.N. enacts sanctions against anyone hindering Mali peace 06 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council established a Mali sanctions regime on Tuesday that allows the body to blacklist anyone who violates or obstructs a 2015 peace deal, hinders the delivery of aid, commits human rights abuses or recruits child soldiers.

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France turns to armed drones in fight against Sahel militants 05 Sep 2017

TOULON, France France has decided to arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday.

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France's Macron sets fighting 'Islamist terrorism' as main policy goal 29 Aug 2017

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that ensuring national security would be at the heart of France's diplomatic activity and he set eradicating "Islamist terrorism" as his core foreign policy goal.

Mali governor returns to northern state as part of ceasefire 24 Aug 2017

BAMAKO Rival armed groups in northern Mali agreed to the return of a state governor to the desert city of Kidal for the first time in years as part of a ceasefire deal signed on Wednesday after weeks of fighting.