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Mali coup, third-term bids fan fears of West African democracy backslide

22 Sep 2020

DAKAR Until this year, West Africa looked to have shed its "coup-belt" moniker, winning plaudits as a model of democratic progress on the continent. But last month's putsch in Mali is fuelling fears among activists that gains of the past decade are unravelling.

Where state is weak, Mali militants broker talks between rival clans

28 Aug 2020

DAKAR A few weeks before military officers overthrew Mali's government in a bloodless coup, a series of meetings in the remote centre of the country underscored how much the state's grip on power had loosened.

U.S. halts military cooperation with Mali as coup supporters celebrate

22 Aug 2020

BAMAKO The United States said on Friday it had suspended cooperation with Mali's military in response to the overthrow of the president, as thousands gathered in the capital to celebrate the junta's takeover. | Video

Mali president Keita vowed to end coups. Now he's been toppled too

19 Aug 2020

DAKAR A month after becoming president of Mali in 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared that the days of mutinous soldiers undermining the power of government in the capital Bamako were over.

Influential cleric Dicko emerges as driver of Mali protest movement

23 Jul 2020

DAKAR When five West African presidents arrive in Mali on Thursday to try to defuse a political crisis that has alarmed governments in the region and beyond, the man whose assent they need the most will be one who has never held elected office.

Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd's death, renames Europe Square

08 Jul 2020

DAKAR Senegal's Goree Island, which for centuries served as a way station in the Transatlantic slave trade, has changed the name of its Europe Square in response to the death of George Floyd in the United States and the global movement it inspired. | Video

Senegal slave island, moved by George Floyd's death, renames Europe Square

08 Jul 2020

DAKAR Senegal's Goree Island, which for centuries served as a way station in the Transatlantic slave trade, has changed the name of its Europe Square in response to the death of George Floyd in the United States and the global movement it inspired. | Video

Mining magnate Gertler denies skirting U.S. sanctions in Congo

02 Jul 2020

Israeli billionaire mining investor Dan Gertler denied on Thursday that he had tried to evade U.S. sanctions after watchdogs said he appeared to have funnelled millions of dollars through a bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mining magnate Gertler denies skirting U.S. sanctions in Congo

02 Jul 2020

July 2 Israeli billionaire mining investor Dan Gertler denied on Thursday that he had tried to evade U.S. sanctions after watchdogs said he appeared to have funnelled millions of dollars through a bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UPDATE 1-Congo president wins approval for state mining company nominees

26 Jun 2020

DAKAR, June 26 Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi won approval on Friday for his nominations to lead state mining company Gecamines, its chairman said, after they were held up by allies of Tshisekedi's predecessor for over a year.

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