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Gabon president Bongo names new prime minister


LIBREVILLE Gabon President Ali Bongo promoted foreign minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet to the post of Prime Minister on Wednesday, a day after Bongo was sworn in following a razor-thin election victory whose integrity was questioned by international observers.


U.S. calls on Mali government to sever ties with northern militia 28 Sep 2016

BAMAKO The U.S. ambassador to Mali has accused the government of maintaining relations with a militia widely blamed for rising tensions that risk undermining a fragile peace process in the country's desert north.


Britain, France to sign Hinkley Point nuclear deal on Thursday - sources 28 Sep 2016

LONDON/PARIS The British government and France's EDF will officially sign a contract to build Britain's first new nuclear power plant in a generation on Thursday, after months of wrangling over the involvement of EDF's Chinese partner, sources said.


Islamist rebel gets nine years imprisonment for Timbuktu destruction 27 Sep 2016

THE HAGUE War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage.


Gabon president Bongo sworn in after disputed poll 27 Sep 2016

LIBREVILLE Gabon President Ali Bongo was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday and called for unity following a razor-thin election victory whose integrity was questioned by international observers.

Halting school meals in Mali could keep thousands of children out of class - U.N. 27 Sep 2016

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Taking away school meals from 180,000 pupils going back to class in Mali, where insecurity has closed schools in the north, may deprive even more children of an education, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.


Mali leader warns U.N. - Qaeda, Islamic State gaining ground in country 23 Sep 2016

UNITED NATIONS Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita warned the United Nations on Friday that the failure to fully implement a nationwide peace accord was helping al-Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups spread their influence in the country.

Around 10 killed in northern Mali in fighting between militias 18 Sep 2016

BAMAKO Around 10 people have been killed in northern Mali in fighting between a pro-government militia and a rebel coalition dominated by ethnic Tuaregs, the deputy secretary general for the pro-government Gatia militia said on Sunday.


Mali president fires defence minister after gunmen seize village 04 Sep 2016

BAMAKO Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has fired Defence Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly after suspected Islamist militants briefly seized the village of Boni in the centre of the country on Friday, state television said late on Saturday.

Gunmen take over central Mali village - witness 02 Sep 2016

BAMAKO Gunmen seized control of the central Malian village of Boni on Friday, after a sustained attack that forced the few troops stationed there to retreat, a witness told Reuters.