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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.

Families sue French foreign minister over children stuck in Syria

Paris - The families of several children and wives of French jihadist fighters in Syria have filed lawsuits against France's top diplomat over his refusal to let them come to France, lawyers said Monday.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

France pushes risky bet on detente with Moscow

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia's Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace in Ukraine, an ambitious -- and risky -- undertaking that Western allies might not welcome.

UN chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Beni - UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday vowed continued support for the Democratic Republic of Congo, grappling with the double scourge of militia violence and an Ebola epidemic.

Migrants' drawings depict their nightmares and best memories

Torture in Libya, war in Darfur, a home village in southern Sudan and the emblematic baobab tree in Senegal -- the drawings displayed on the bridge of the Ocean Viking rescue ship tell of the lives of the migrants on board.

Libya foes step up air war as ground battle stalls

Tripoli - Libya's rival forces have taken their battle for Tripoli to the skies as fighting stalls on the ground, alarming UN envoy Ghassan Salame who has stepped up calls for a truce.

Egypt jihadist returned from Libya back on trial: media

Apo - An Egyptian jihadist captured in Libya and returned to Cairo was put on trial again Tuesday over five terror attacks, including one for which he has already received a death sentence in absentia, according to local media.

UN Security Council calls for protection of disabled in war zones

New York - The UN Security Council approved Thursday its first resolution calling for protection of disabled people during armed conflicts.

Four dead in suspected Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Yaound - Jihadists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least four people and badly wounded four others in an attack on Kofia, a Cameroonian island on Lake Chad, an official source told AFP on Sunday.

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...

Residential areas of Libya capital turning into 'battlefields': ICRC

Tripoli - Intensified fighting for control of the Libyan capital is turning residential areas of Tripoli into "battlefields", the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday.

Fake news war: in Libya, battles also rage on social media

Tripoli - On Libya's front lines, fighters often hold a gun in one hand and a smartphone in the other, using their cameras in the propaganda war.

Fayez al-Sarraj, UN-backed Libya leader in turmoil

Tripoli - The leader of Libya's UN-backed government, Fayez al-Sarraj is a trained architect who has for years struggled to political and economic crises to rebuild the North African country.

Khalifa Haftar, rising power amid Libya's chaos

Tripoli - Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are battling to seize the capital Tripoli, is widely seen as a hawk hunting for greater power in violence-wracked Libya.

UN to hold conference on Libya to pave way to elections

Tripoli - The United Nations said Wednesday it will organise an all-party conference next month to draw up a "roadmap" to lead Libya toward elections and out of the chaos in which it has plunged since a 2011 revolution.

Washington no longer refers to Golan as 'Israel-occupied'

Washington - The US no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change.

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.

As time runs out, Washington ready to help with jihadist repatriation

Washington - The United States is ready to help countries repatriate Islamic State jihadists detained in Syria but time is of the essence and Washington insists that ultimately it is up to their home governments to come up with solutions.

Fear and trauma haunt Congolese massacre survivors

Kindu - Wounded in the head and chest and with her children in tow, Miniunga Bonkita fled to the haven of an island in the Congo River, a sliver of land between two nations."I stumbled across the assailants as I was returning home," the young mother told AFP.

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.

Fake eyelashes from N.Korea cost US cosmetics firm $1 mln fine

Los Angeles - California firm E.L.F. cosmetics has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from UN-sanctioned North Korea, the US Treasury Department announced.

First face-to-face meeting in C. Africa peace talks

Libreville - Central African Republic's government and militias who control most of the country held on Friday their first face-to-face talks since the country's crisis erupted in 2012, as fresh violence claimed 13 lives.

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.

Yemeni rebels say UN resolution 'important step'

Dubai - Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, calling it an "important step".

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen to oversee a fragile truce in the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida.
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