Mali rebel factions agree to end hostilities ahead of Sept talks


OUAGADOUGOU - Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali agreed on Thursday in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early September.

Ukraine crisis forces European defence spending rethink 27 Aug 2014

BRUSSELS - Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive U.S. defence secretaries have failed to do -- persuade European NATO members to spend more on their armed forces.


Washington to give Tunisia military aid to battle Islamists 26 Aug 2014

TUNIS - The United States will give Tunisia $60 million (36 million pounds) worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy, a senior American official said on Tuesday.

Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills two 16 Aug 2014

BAMAKO - Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday.


Cockpit voice recorder in crashed Air Algerie jet unintelligible 07 Aug 2014

PARIS - Cockpit voice recordings from an Air Algerie jet that crashed last month in northern Mali are unintelligible, investigators said on Thursday, depriving them of vital clues on what sent it into a sudden plunge that killed all 116 passengers and crew.

United States to sell Tunisia 12 Black Hawks to aid militant fight 05 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States is planning to sell Tunisia a dozen advanced attack helicopters as Washington seeks to help the North African state stamp out a mounting threat from Islamist militants.

Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier 03 Aug 2014

TUNIS - A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday.


Late to the party, Obama seeks bigger U.S. Africa role 03 Aug 2014

CAMP LEMONNIER Djibouti/JOHANNESBURG - Ask Major-General Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., the top U.S. military officer in Africa, how he thinks U.S. and European-backed African troops are faring in their war on Islamist militants in Somalia, and his answer comes back smartly: "Pretty darn good!".


Final tally for Air Algerie crash 116 - Burkinabe official 01 Aug 2014

OUAGADOUGOU - Two people originally believed to have travelled on an Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali last week did not board the flight, reducing the official death toll to 116, a senior official in Burkina Faso said on Friday.


Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from altitude before crash - official 30 Jul 2014

DAKAR - The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying.