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Niger museum is eclectic national ‘mirror’

It has displays covering art, history, dinosaurs, nuclear energy, craftwork and music as well as live animals, for it is also a zoo The post Niger museum is eclectic national ‘mirror’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Africa, Diversity, History, Zoo, Dinosaurs, Niger, Openaccess, Sahel, Nuclear Energy, Top Six, National museum of Niger

Sahel conflict: France rejects reports of airstrike on Mali wedding

Residents of a remote village say more than 20 people were killed when a helicopter opened fire.
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100 People Killed In Attacks On Niger Villages By Suspected Islamist Militants

The violence is part of a wider security crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region that has unnerved Western allies.
Tags: News, West Africa, Sahel

UK pledges an extra £47m in aid as agencies warn of ‘catastrophic hunger’

Coronavirus, conflict and cuts to UN funding are increasing the risks of food insecurity and acute malnutrition in 2021The government has promised £47m in extra emergency aid for 2021 as it becomes clear that the coming year will see a dramatic rise in people struggling for food.The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said on Wednesday it will provide more aid for food, water, hygiene and shelter in 11 countries, including £8m to Africa’s Sahel region, where the UN has warned of catastr...
Tags: UK, Africa, Famine, Poverty, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, Foreign, Sahel, Development Office, Coronavirus, Commonwealth and Development Office

Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021

After being praised for their handling of the pandemic, African countries must now confront the economic fallout – even as they grapple with existing political and security challenges The post Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, France, China, Germany, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Debt, Economics, G20, Uganda, United States, Ethiopia, Mali, Chad, South Sudan

Sub-Saharan Africa named riskiest investment region due to violence

Annual terror index highlights attacks in Mozambique and DRC and says human rights abuses are driving violenceMilitant violence and abuses by security forces have made sub-Saharan Africa the riskiest region in the world for business and investors, a new report says.Seven of the world’s 10 highest-risk countries for militant violence are in the region with significant deteriorations in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the annual Terrorism Intensity Index rel...
Tags: Business, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Drc, Sahel, Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa named world’s riskiest region for investment

Annual terror index highlights attacks in Mozambique and DRC and says human rights abuses are driving violenceMilitant violence and abuses by security forces have made sub-Saharan Africa the riskiest region in the world for business and investors, a new report says.Seven of the world’s 10 highest-risk countries for militant violence are in the region with significant deteriorations in Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the annual Terrorism Intensity Index rel...
Tags: Business, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Drc, Sahel, Saharan Africa, Sub Saharan Africa

Coronavirus live news: South Australia confirms three local cases, US hits daily world record again

US records 177,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University; zero new infections in Australian states of New South Wales and VictoriaPacked crowds and euphoric leaders: Australia revels in Covid-free daysCovid vaccine hopes must not make Britons complacent, warns adviserCovid vaccine rally fuels market optimism of a faster global recovery‘Failure is not an option’: Biden’s Covid taskforce ready to step upScientists warn of Christmas Covid surge if tier system returns 6.47am GMT Here ...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, New South Wales, New Zealand, Associated Press, Biden, South Australia, Niger, Sahel

Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in the Sahara

There are far more trees in the West African Sahara and Sahel than most would expect. A combination of artificial intelligence and detailed satellite imagery allowed a team from the University of Copenhagen and international collaborators to count all trees across a 1.3 million km2 area of West Africa.
Tags: Science, Sahel, University of Copenhagen, Sahara, West African Sahara

Sahel region is 'canary in the coalmine' on climate, says UN official

Mark Lowcoft criticises ‘totally inadequate’ effort to help Sahel countries adapt to global heatingAfrica’s Sahel region is at the centre of accelerating climate change and “a canary in the coalmine of our warming planet”, the United Nation’s top humanitarian official has said.Mark Lowcock, the UN’s undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, said the Sahel was facing tragedy after an “alarming deterioration” in recent years that had led to tens of millions of people being displaced, rising...
Tags: Climate Change, Africa, Environment, World news, United Nations, Mali, Un, Burkina Faso, Niger, United Nation, Sahel, Mark Lowcock, Mark Lowcoft

Unexpectedly large number of trees populate the Western Sahara and the Sahel

The number of trees inhabiting the Western Sahara, the Sahel and the Sudanian zone has exceeded the expectations of scientists, with more than 1.8 billion having been located thanks to an international collaboration including researchers from the CNRS.
Tags: Science, Sahel, Western Sahara

Predicting Refugee Movements? There's an App for That - A New Approach to Humanitarian Aid

According to an algorithm, the coronavirus pandemic could trigger a million people to leave their homes in the Sahel region. Such forecasts could help humanitarian organizations recognize developments before they happen and react more quickly.
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Isis claims murder of French aid workers and their guides in Niger

Six NGO staff and two local men were ambushed in a nature reserve in AugustThe Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for the murder of six French aid workers and their two local guides while they were visiting a nature reserve in the west African country of Niger.The six French humanitarian workers, aged between 25 and 30, their guide and their driver were killed on 9 August in the Kouré national park, a wildlife haven 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Niger’s capital, Niamey. Con...
Tags: Isis, France, Islamic State, Africa, World news, Niger, Sahel, Kouré, AugustThe Islamic State, Niamey Continue

US foreign policy may be creating instability in Africa

Sometimes, the best foreign policy might be not to get involved at all The post US foreign policy may be creating instability in Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Africa, US, US foreign policy, United States, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Nile, Openaccess, ECOWAS, Sahel, Economic Community of West African States, Top Six, Africa Continental Free Trade Area, Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam, AfCFTA

Africa's Great Green Wall just 4% complete over halfway through schedule

Report calls for more support if plan to plant 100m hectares of vegetation is to be realisedThe world’s most ambitious reforestation project, the Great Green Wall of Africa, has covered only 4% of its target area but is more than halfway towards the 2030 completion date, according to a status report.More funds, greater technical support and tighter oversight will be needed if the plan to plant 100m hectares of trees and other vegetation is to be realised, say the authors of the study, which was ...
Tags: Climate Change, Africa, Environment, Senegal, World news, Trees and forests, Ethiopia, Chad, Burkina Faso, Desertification, Deserts, African Union, Sahel, Great Green Wall of Africa

The Next Dangerous Front in ISIS’ Holy War

ABUJA, Nigeria—In recent months, Islamist militant groups in Africa allied to the so-called Islamic State have been on the rampage—attacking communities, slaughtering aid workers and seizing important government assests.Since ISIS was squeezed out of its self-proclaimed caliphate in the Middle East last year, its offshoots—particularly those in West and Central Africa—seem to be waxing even stronger.In the last five months, about 100 Nigerian and Chadian soldiers have been killed in deadly attac...
Tags: Isis, News, Islamic State, Iraq, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, America, Syria, Egypt, Middle East, Al Qaeda, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Somalia, Tunisia

Mali Coup Leaders Seized Power Days After Returning From Military Training Camp in Russia

ABUJA, Nigeria—The leaders of the coup that ousted Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita spent most of the year training in Russia before returning to boot out the democratically-elected leader at gunpoint, according to sources in the Malian military.The rebels took control of Mali’s largest military base in Kati, just outside the capital, Bamako, on Tuesday before storming Keita’s official residence, seizing the president and forcing him to resign as leader of the West African nation..Numerou...
Tags: News, Russia, Bbc, Moscow, Mali, Central African Republic, Kremlin, Madagascar, The Daily Beast, Bamako, Sahel, Abuja Nigeria, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Camara, Keita, Diaw

Soldiers hold Mali’s president and prime minister in apparent coup

By BABA AHMED and KRISTA LARSON | Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali — Soldiers detained Mali’s president and prime minister Tuesday after surrounding a residence and firing into the air in an apparent coup attempt after several months of demonstrations calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s ouster. The soldiers moved freely through the streets of Bamako, making it increasingly clear that they were in control of the capital city. There was no immediate comment from the troops, who hailed from...
Tags: News, France, Sport, World news, Soccer, United States, Paris, United Nations, Mali, State Department, Bamako, Emmanuel Macron, ECOWAS, Sahel, Elysee Palace, Anti

Macron pledges to continue fight against terrorism after seven aid workers murdered in Sahel

Emmanuel Macron has pledged to continue France’s fight against terror in the Sahel after seven aid workers — six French and one Nigerien — were murdered and set on fire by gunmen on Sunday in a wildlife reserve in the west African nation of Niger. “Several of our compatriots and Nigeriens were cowardly murdered yesterday in Niger in a deadly attack,” the French president said on Twitter. “I share the pain of their families and loved ones. Some were hired for the most altruistic of missions: to h...
Tags: Twitter, News, France, Islamic State, US, Al Qaeda, Niger, Emmanuel Macron, Sahel, Sahara, Macron, NIAMEY, Tillaberi, Kouré, Kadri Abdou, Association of Kouré

Will Mali be the next Libya or Syria?

Mali (MNN) -- Mali’s latest violence underscores an urgent need for regional stability. Twin attacks on Sunday killed five soldiers and wounded five more. Extremist violence is up 250-percent in West Africa since 2018, Grey Dynamics reports . If political leaders cannot stabilize Mali, Open Doors ’ senior analyst Illia Djadi says, it could go the way of Libya – spreading extremist violence and instability to neighboring countries and Europe. “Since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, Libya ha...
Tags: Europe, Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Africa, Syria, Middle East, West Africa, Mali, Libya, North, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gaddafi, Agadez, U S Army

Leaders meet virtually to resolve Mali crisis, regional instability

Mali (MNN) -- Leaders from five neighboring countries met in Mali with President Keïta a few days ago to resolve Mali’s political crisis. The heads of state failed to find a solution, so discussions continue today via video conferencing. What’s behind Mali’s unrest? Protests began weeks ago following spring elections. Today, demonstrators call for Keïta’s resignation, saying he has failed to address jihadist violence, corruption, and Mali’s economic challenges. The stakes are hi...
Tags: Europe, Islamic State, Nigeria, West Africa, Mali, Un, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sahel, Open Doors USA, Sub Saharan Africa, Keita, Sub Sahara Africa, Djadi, Burkina Faso Their

Chances of global warming to 1.5C within five years doubles under new modelling

Global temperatures have a 20 per cent change of reaching 1.5C above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, according to new analysis from the World Meteorological Organisation which doubles the likelihood from an earlier assessment. Analysis last year from the Met Office, which led on the new report, put the likelihood at 10 per cent. The Met Office said the higher figure was produced by using models from ten different climate centres around the world for the first time. The Paris Agreem...
Tags: News, Met Office, Sahel, WMO, Adam Scaife, World Meteorological Organisation, Petteri Taalas

Spain says PM off to Africa, EU's list of safe nations ready soon

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is to make his first international trip since the coronavirus crisis to west Africa on Tuesday for a summit on Sahel region issues with other heads of state including France's President Emmanuel Macron. The European leaders will be joined in Mauritania by heads of the so-called G5 Sahel states - also including Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger - and U.N. boss Antonio Guterres, Sanchez's office said in a statement. In another sign of travel slowly resuming ...
Tags: News, France, Africa, Spain, European Union, Niger, Mauritania, Emmanuel Macron, Sahel, Pedro Sanchez, Africa EU, Arancha GonzAlez Laya, Mali Burkina Faso Chad, Antonio Guterres Sanchez

The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa

Although the overall rate of conflict has remained steady in Africa during the past 10 weeks of the pandemic, the nature of this is changing in subtle but significant ways The post The pandemic has shifted patterns of conflict in Africa appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Islamic State, Nigeria, Africa, Turkey, Conflict, United Nations, Violence, Al Qaeda, Mozambique, Somalia, Tunisia, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Openaccess, Sahel, Antonio Guterres, Cabo Delgado

Militant crackdown in Sahel leads to hundreds of civilian deaths – report

Amnesty records 200 state killings and forced disappearances in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, state members of internationally-backed G5 groupHundreds of civilians have been killed by their own governments in Africa’s Sahel region since countries pledged a surge against militant groups at a regional meeting held by France in January.Amnesty International said on Wednesday that it had documented 200 cases of unlawful state killings and forced disappearances in February and March in Burkina Faso, ...
Tags: Europe, France, Islamic State, Africa, World news, Global development, Amnesty International, Mali, Al-Qaida, Burkina Faso, Niger, Burkina Faso Mali, Sahel, Conflict and arms

'Capture not possible': France's desert operation against Al-Qaeda chief

In a desert wilderness in Mali, close to the Algerian border, pitted with isolated rocks and weighed by oppressive heat, French special forces and combat helicopters begin an operation. At its climax, they claim one of the greatest successes of France's deployment in the Sahel region of north Africa -- the killing of the head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Abdelmalek Droukdel. The French military, for the first time, provided details on Thursday of how late last week it "neutralised...
Tags: News, France, Africa, Mali, Al Qaeda, Sahel

West Africa facing food crisis as coronavirus spreads

Pandemic adds to jihadi and climate change threats to present ‘immense challenge’ for regionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 43 million people in west Africa are likely to be in urgent need of food assistance in the coming months – double initial estimates – as the Covid-19 outbreak accelerates, the World Food Programme has said.Food insecurity could also double this year to affect 265 million people across the continent; west Africa, where the outbreak of th...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Global development, West Africa, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania, Guinea-bissau, Sahel, World Food Programme

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State cross swords in Sahel

Al-Qaeda and the Islamic state group have turned their guns on each other in the Sahel, according to experts, fracturing a period of cooperation that has held for years. The semi-desert African region has seen years of conflict with Islamic militants, who first emerged in northern Mali in 2012 before sweeping into the centre of the country, and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Mali, Al Qaeda, Burkina Faso, Sahel

Africa's Sahel becomes latest al-Qaeda-IS battleground

IS and al-Qaeda affiliates have already locked horns in other jihadists hotspots.
Tags: News, Africa, Al Qaeda, Sahel, Qaeda

Coronavirus Choking Off Africa’s Already Vulnerable Food Supply

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a pre-dawn raid in food-starved Zimbabwe, police enforcing a coronavirus lockdown confiscated and destroyed 3 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables by setting fire to it. Wielding batons, they scattered a group of rural farmers who had traveled overnight, breaking restrictions on movement to bring the precious produce to one of the country’s busiest markets. The food burned as the farmers went home empty-handed, a stupefying moment for a country and a continent where food...
Tags: News, Africa, United States, West Africa, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Kenya, World Bank, Oxfam, Associated Press, Somalia, Malawi, Nairobi Kenya, Nairobi, Harare, U N World Food Program