France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements. President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out an immediate drawdown in France’s 5,100-strong Barkhane forces battling armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, describing a rushed exit as a mistake. Macron said he was pushing […]

Ahead of Sahel summit, where do France and G5 countries stand?

Leaders of five Sahelian countries in West Africa and their French counterpart will hold a summit this week to discuss the fight against armed groups in the volatile region. The heads of state of the so-called G5 Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – will converge in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, while […]

UN says two million internally displaced by Sahel violence

The UNHCR called the humanitarian response in Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger ‘dangerously overstretched’. More than two million people have been forced to flee their homes within their own countries’ borders owing to the violence engulfing Africa’s Sahel region, the United Nations refugee agency has said. The humanitarian response is “dangerously overstretched” in an […]

Zango leaps into record books with world indoor triple jump mark

Burkina Faso athlete adds 15 centimetres to the previous record set by his own coach, Teddy Tamgho. Hugues Fabrice Zango has become the first Burkinabe athlete to set a world record when he posted the longest ever indoor triple jump with a leap of 18.07 metres (59.28 feet). At an event on Saturday in Aubiere, […]

Burkina Faso president says security priority after swearing-in

Roch Marc Christian Kabore embarks on second and final five-year term, promising to win fight against armed groups. Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has promised to make security his priority after he took the helm of the troubled Sahel country for a second term. “I intend to win the wager of providing security […]

Burkina Faso: Preliminary election results hand victory to Kabore

Roch Kabore received 1.6 million votes of the nearly 3 million cast, with voter turnout at 50 percent. President Roch Kabore will serve another five years as Burkina Faso’s leader, according to preliminary results announced by the National Independent Electoral Commission. “Mr Kabore … with 57.87 percent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of […]

Endeavour Mining to acquire Teranga Gold in $2bn all-share deal #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

West Africa-focused Endeavour Mining has agreed to buy Teranga Gold in an all-share deal to create a top 10 gold producer which will list in London, the companies said on Monday, a week after they announced they were in talks. The agreement is a breakthrough for the fragmented gold sector and for Endeavour, whose previous attempt at a major merger failed. But with investors jittery […]

France ‘to reduce troop presence’ in Sahel #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Paris to withdraw several hundred troops to make way for stronger European presence in conflict-hit region, sources say. Less than a year after sending hundreds of extra troops to the Sahel, France is hoping to cut back its military presence in the restive region to make room for a stronger European commitment, army sources say. […]