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Analysis: Uncertainty in Chad following Idriss Deby's sudden death represents an opportunity for Russia to expand its interests in West and Central Africa.

The G7 devoted its first session to China, with Blinken pledging 'robust cooperation' with Britain in pressuring Beijing's over its genocide of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

European nations vow continuing security support for <em>Sahel</em>

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European nations vow continuing security support for Sahel

The pledge follows the deaths of two Spanish journalists and an Irish wildlife activist in Burkina Faso.

Six dead in Chad anti-junta protests

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Six dead in Chad anti-junta protests

Chad's government said at least six people were killed in the protests, while a local NGO reported nine fatalities -- seven in the capital and ...

Spanish journalists dead after attack in east Burkina Faso

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Spanish journalists dead after attack in east Burkina Faso

Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen went missing during an attack by gunmen Monday near a national park, and the two Spanish citizens were ...

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Presidential runner-up named interim Chad PM by military junta

Albert Pahimi Padacke will serve as interim PM. Chad's Transitional Military Council promised to hold elections in 18 months' time.

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UAE begins military logistics flights to French-led Sahel force

Since 2013, France and local armies in the African Sahel have joined forces to 'counter-terrorist groups' to launch attacks.

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Chad bids farewell to Deby as France backs son

France's President Macron and Sahel allies have backed Deby's son despite opposotion accusations of an 'institutional coup'.

Jean Stern

Scorpion: How Israel is developing France's future defence system

Comment: In utter secrecy, France and Israel are cooperating on the digital warfare of the future, despite competitive tensions on the African ...

Chad's president Deby dies after fighting rebels on battlefield

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Chad's president Deby dies after fighting rebels on battlefield

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army said in a shock announcement.

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Human Rights Watch slams Chad over 'ruthless pre-election crackdown'

Human Rights Watch has slammed Chad over its treatment of dissenters as its president, Idriss Deby Itno, seeks a sixth term in office.

Soldiers arrested in Niger after 'attempted coup’

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Soldiers arrested in Niger after 'attempted coup’

Following gunfire in the capital of Niger, soldiers have been arrested and accused of attempting to launch a coup, ahead of the inauguration.

Gunfire heard near presidency in Niger capital: residents

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Gunfire heard near presidency in Niger capital: residents

Heavy and light gunfire has erupted in the capital of Niger, ahead of the new president taking office.

In troubled <em>Sahel</em>, memories of a cinematic golden age

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In troubled Sahel, memories of a cinematic golden age

French director Jean Rouch shot around 140 films, including many in the Sahel state of Niger, which started a golden Nigerian cinema ...

137 killed in Niger's deadliest suspected jihadist massacre

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137 killed in Niger's deadliest suspected jihadist massacre

More than 200 people have been killed in the Mali-Niger border region in just over a week.

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UN appeals for $5.5 billion to avert famine

UN chief Antonio Guterres said world hunger projections for 2021 'point to a continuation of this frightening trend.'

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Egypt 'trying to counter Turkish influence' in the Sahel

Egyptian security officials have paid visits to Niger and Chad in recent months.

Samir Bennis

Will Biden uphold Moroccan sovereignty in Western Sahara?

Comment: President Biden is well aware of Morocco's strategic importance to the US in the region, and is unlikely to want to destabilise that ...

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France maintains Sahel force to 'decapitate' Al-Qaeda groups

Macron pledged to keep French troops in the Sahel region of western Africa, to help to "decapitate" Al-Qaeda-linked insurgent groups.

How human traffickers are exploiting Covid-19 in North Africa

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How human traffickers are exploiting Covid-19 in North Africa

In-depth: Human trafficking has been pushed deeper into the shadows by the pandemic, with criminal gangs exploiting the economic fallout from ...

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France meets Sahel leaders as it mulls troop drawdown

France and five allies meet next week to discuss the Sahel's jihadist insurgency.

Ten million children at risk of famine in 2021

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Ten million children at risk of famine in 2021

Across the world millions are at risk of acute hunger this year.

UK pledges an extra £47m in foreign aid

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UK pledges an extra £47m in foreign aid

The United Kingdom has promised an additional £47 million in aid to nearly a dozen countries, including Syria and Sudan.

Algeria seizes nearly $100,000 militants' ransom cash

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Algeria seizes nearly $100,000 militants' ransom cash

The defence ministry said the cash was an "instalment of the ransom" paid out in a controversial October agreement.

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