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Niger leader asks France to boost operations against Islamist militants

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PARIS President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger called on Tuesday for France to strengthen military operations against West African Islamist militants, including Boko Haram after its fighters carried out a deadly attack on a Nigerien town.

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West African troops join up in hunt for militants in Sahel wastes 10 Jun 2016

ON THE MALI/NIGER BORDER The troops joined up at midday on a patch of cracked earth where Mali and Niger meet. Nothing marked the spot, beyond a few shrubs and acacia trees offering scant shade to their military pickups.

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West African troops join up in hunt for militants in Sahel wastes 10 Jun 2016

ON THE MALI/NIGER BORDER The troops joined up at midday on a patch of cracked earth where Mali and Niger meet. Nothing marked the spot, beyond a few shrubs and acacia trees offering scant shade to their military pickups.

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Exclusive - U.S. may turn to Canada for help with new NATO force in east Europe 09 Jun 2016

BRUSSELS/WARSAW The United States could turn to Canada to help it establish a new NATO force in eastern Europe as a deterrent against Russia because it is struggling to win support from its European allies, diplomats say.

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U.N. chief recommends adding 2,500 peacekeepers to Mali mission 01 Jun 2016

UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to add just over 2,500 peacekeepers to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has been hit by a series of deadly attacks, according to a new U.N. report.

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EU must hold firm on Russia sanctions - senior Ukraine official 01 Jun 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union must prolong its sanctions on Russia this month because the crisis in Ukraine is far from being resolved despite a Franco-German push to implement a peace deal, Ukraine's new Europe minister said on Wednesday.

Al Qaeda says conducted Mali raid that killed China peacekeeper 01 Jun 2016

BAMAKO Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on two United Nations' sites in northern Mali where a peacekeeper from China and three civilians were killed and over a dozen others wounded.

AQIM claims 'battle' in northern Mali - SITE monitoring 01 Jun 2016

DAKAR Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said on social media that they had engaged in "battle" with "crusader occupation forces" in the northern Mali city of Gao on Wednesday, according to SITE Intelligence Group, an extremist monitoring firm.

U.N. says four killed in attacks on two of its Mali sites 01 Jun 2016

BAMAKO Attacks on United Nations sites in northern Mali killed four people, including one peacekeeper, and wounded more than a dozen, the U.N. mission said on Wednesday.

China says U.N. peacekeeper killed in attack in Mali 01 Jun 2016

BEIJING One Chinese United Nations peacekeeper has been killed, and four injured, after an attack in Mali, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the incident to bring the perpetrators to justice.