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On Ukraine's frontline, fears and hopes after troops pull back

Pavlograd - The chickens pecking around the rural Ukrainian village of Katerynivka paint a tranquil atmosphere. But a closer look reveals bullet holes on the houses of residents hopeful that peace can finally return following a long-awaited troop withdrawal.

Mali president on the ropes as jihadist revolt mounts

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has few strong cards left to play as he seeks to roll back a jihadist insurgency and mounting public discontent.

Mali declares national mourning after jihadist raids on military camps

Bamako - Malian troops backed by foreign allies on Wednesday launched a hunt for scores of soldiers listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

Tax alcohol, tobacco, to tackle cancer: African Union first ladies

Niamey - First ladies attending the African Union summit in Niger on Saturday called for a rise in taxes for cancer-causing products such as tobacco and alcohol.

Algerians brave heavy police presence to demand transition

Alger - Protesters thronged the heart of Algeria's capital on Friday despite a heavy police presence, vowing to push their demands for transition after the ouster of president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Algerian protesters rally despite arrests

Alger - Huge numbers of Algerians protested Friday in the capital, keeping up their push for a political overhaul despite a spate of arrests ahead of the latest weekly rally.

Algerian protesters rally despite arrests

Alger - Huge numbers of Algerians protested Friday in the capital, keeping up their push for a political overhaul despite a spate of arrests ahead of the latest weekly rally.

Algerian protesters rally despite arrests

Alger - Huge numbers of Algerians protested Friday in the capital, keeping up their push for a political overhaul despite a spate of arrests ahead of the latest weekly rally.

Rival groups and strategies overshadow jihadist conflict in Nigeria

Kano - Two attacks less than 24 hours apart in northeastern Nigeria this week have laid bare the deadly but divergent strategies of Boko Haram and a rival jihadist group, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Algerians rally for change despite dozens detained

Alger - Large crowds of Algerians on Friday took to the streets of the capital, where dozens were detained ahead of the latest protest two months after leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned.

Sudanese in suits and ties rally against Bashir's economic blunders

Khartoum - In unprecedented scenes in Khartoum, hundreds of workers in suits and ties alongside their neatly dressed women colleagues have gone on strike to protest what they call Sudan's "total economic collapse".

Trump confirms considering pardons in US war crimes cases

Washington - President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is considering pardons for several military servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes, in what critics say would be an abuse of the powers afforded him under the US Constitution.

Elite US Navy SEAL facing war crimes charges for killings in Iraq

Los Angeles - Stabbing a teenage prisoner to death, picking off a young girl and an old man with a sniper rifle and firing a heavy machinegun into a residential area: these are some of the charges facing an elite US Navy SEAL on trial for war crimes while deployed i...

Algeria protesters keep up pressure after resignations, arrests

Alger - Algerian protesters vowed Friday to keep up the pressure on the regime left behind by Abdelaziz Bouteflika, staging a tenth consecutive weekly mass rally after a string of people close to the toppled president were sacked or arrested over alleged graft...

In north Cameroon, the struggle to save youngsters from Boko Haram

Maroua - "My life changed completely," said 14-year-old Ina Viche, recalling the day in 2016 when her parents were killed by Boko Haram jihadists."While our parents were alive, we went to school. It was no longer possible when they died.

Terror stalks Mali massacre village

Bamako - Eleven-year-old Amy raises her left arm to show where a bullet grazed her side, and from deep within her, a boundless distress comes out in great sobs.

French soldiers on duty for next 'yellow vest' protest

Paris - French soldiers will be deployed Saturday to help guard public buildings, allowing police to focus on dealing with "yellow vest" demonstrators in case of renewed violence in Paris and other cities, the government said Wednesday.

Macron on trip to woo E.Africa amid China's African expansion

Gonder - President Emmanuel Macron visited former French colony Djibouti on Tuesday with promises of a "respectful" partnership in the face of growing African indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold on the continent.

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sets off for Asia

Toulon - French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle set sail on Tuesday from the Mediterranean port of Toulon following two years of refurbishments and upgrades for a deployment that will see it travel to the Indian Ocean and Singapore.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militias quit

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after five militia groups either pulled out or rejected the make-up of the new government.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militia quits

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after a militia group abandoned the deal and a second said it was quitting a new government designed to be the keystone of the accord.

French victory ends long asylum battle of Afghan interpreters

Paris - They served the French army on the frontlines in Afghanistan, sometimes bearing arms during operations by international forces against the Taliban.

French guns on Iraq border aim to pin down IS diehards inside Syria

Sulaymaniyah - French howitzer-guns deployed in the Euphrates Valley desert just inside Iraq stand ready to pour fury on Islamic State group diehards in their last holdout across the border in Syria.

Cuba keeping a watchful eye over events in ally Venezuela

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is hanging onto power in the crisis-wracked country in large part thanks to backing from the military, which according to the United States is receiving support and advice from Cuba.

Guaido boosted by Europe backing in Venezuela standoff

Madrid - International clamor for snap elections in Venezuela intensified Monday as European powers recognized opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader, after Nicolas Maduro rejected an ultimatum to call new polls.

Venezuela's opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Caracas - Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido prepared Friday to crank up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro with a massive weekend protest to push for early elections as Washington warned the socialist leader had run out of time ...

Venezuela's Guaido, protesters urge military to reject Maduro

Caracas - Thousands of opposition protesters, led by Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, on Wednesday called on the armed forces to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid into the crisis-wracked country.

Venezuela bars self-declared president Guaido from leaving country

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice barred self-declared president Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts Tuesday, as leader Nicolas Maduro seeks to neutralize the American-backed opposition chief.

French defence minister in Jordan to visit troops fighting IS

Apo - France's defence minister arrived in Jordan on Monday to visit troops battling the Islamic State group, showing Paris's determination to continue the fight after a shock US decision to withdraw from Syria.

Macron takes champagne and foie gras to French soldiers in Chad

Ndjame - French President Emmanuel Macron paid a pre-Christmas visit to French soldiers in Chad on Saturday, bringing enough champagne, foie gras and chocolate for 1,300 troops along with him.
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