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Seventy-five-year-old Sophie Petronin says she 'transformed detention... into a spiritual retreat' while captive in Mali.

The decision comes three days after ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions.

<em>Mali</em> junta frees deposed political and military figures

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Mali junta frees deposed political and military figures

Former prime minister Boubou Cisse was among those released on Wednesday.

US, Morocco agree to boost military cooperation

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US, Morocco agree to boost military cooperation

Washington remains the number one arms supplier to Rabat, with the Kingdom hosting the largest annual war games for US troops in Africa.

US, Algeria renew strategic alliance in troubled region

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US, Algeria renew strategic alliance in troubled region

"Algeria is a committed counter-terrorism partner," General Stephen Townsend, head of US Africa Command, said on a recent visit to Algiers.

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Pentagon chief heads to Algeria for security talks

Mark Esper is the first US defence secretary to visit Algiers in almost 15 years.

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US signs 10-year military cooperation pact with Tunisia

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has signed a 10-year military cooperation agreement on a visit to Tunisia amid a continuing extremist threat in ...

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Turkey eyes new opportunities in post-coup Mali

Despite France showing no sign of drawing down its presence in Mali, Turkey has indicated increased interest in the West African ...

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Journalist found Mali jihadists' rules for women, trial hears

Dutch journalist Harald Doornbos testified to the ICC against alleged jihadist police chief Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud.

Toppled <em>Mali</em> president flies to UAE for medical treatment

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Toppled Mali president flies to UAE for medical treatment

Mali's former president was toppled in a coup last month.

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Mali junta opens talks on power handover

The talks in Bamako are being held under junta chief Assimi Goita but he was not present on Saturday, according to military sources.

Jihadists net $140 million from Burkina gold mine raids

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Jihadists net $140 million from Burkina gold mine raids

Millions of dollars worth of gold have been mined by jihadists in four years.

UN migrant return flights take off again from Libya

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UN migrant return flights take off again from Libya

Most of the 118 passengers on the charter flight from the Libyan capital to Accra were male migrant workers, but seven women, three children and ...

<em>Mali</em> wakes up to military rule after president resigns

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Mali wakes up to military rule after president resigns

Malian President Boubacar Keita resigned from office after a military coup.

The modern-day child slaves of Mauritania

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The modern-day child slaves of Mauritania

Mauritania abolished slavery in 1981, the last country to do so, but the practice remains deeply rooted in society.

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Malian jihadist on trial at ICC over Timbuktu destruction

Al Hassan is the second Islamist extremist to face trial at the ICC for the destruction of the Timbuktu shrines, following a 2016 landmark ruling.

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Ten million children may permanently leave school over Covid-19

The pandemic has caused an "unprecedented education emergency" with up to 9.7 million children affected by school closures at risk of never ...

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Algeria says soldier killed in clash with armed Islamists

An army detachment clashed with "an armed terrorist group", during an ambush on Saturday in the Gaadet Lahdjar area, in the prefecture of Ain ...

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Al-Qaeda North Africa confirms chief is dead: watchdog

The death of Droukdel - once regarded as Algeria's enemy number one - could leave AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) in disarray, sources ...

Algeria weighs plan to allow army deployments abroad

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Algeria weighs plan to allow army deployments abroad

Tebboune is considering a change in the constitution that would allow Algeria to deploy military abroad and experts are concerned this could ...

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An essential reading list on Black Muslim history

Book Club: Aisha Yusuff recommends ten books to understand the legacy and contribution of Black Muslims to Islamic history.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in attack in northern <em>Mali</em>

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Two UN peacekeepers killed in attack in northern Mali

A logistical convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission travelling between the towns of Tessalit and Gao was attacked Saturday evening by ...

Niger's execution of alleged militants a 'war crime': HRW

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Niger's execution of alleged militants a 'war crime': HRW

HRW has called for an investigation into video footage that shows Nigerien army tanks running over two unarmed and wounded men.

Algeria urges cooperation against 'terror' after Al-Qaeda chief killed

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Algeria urges cooperation against 'terror' after Al-Qaeda chief killed

Algeria is urging for international cooperation after the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was killed.

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