By Jamey Keaten
DAKAR, Senegal — West African nations that promised to send troops to fight al-Qaida in Mali are finding it’s a lot trickier than they’d hoped to actually get boots on the ground. Political debates, fears that fleeing militants might scatter abroad, and logistics — even feeding the troops— have stalled plans to deploy against [...]
The papal envoy to Ivory Coast, Indian Archbishop Ambrose Madtha, has been killed in a traffic accident in the west of the country, the Ivorian church announced.
Armed men ambushed and killed seven UN peacekeepers trying to protect villagers in Ivory Coast and more than 40 of their colleagues who stayed to guard from more attacks remain in danger, the United Nations said.
By Rukmini Callimachi
Mali’s Tuareg rebels, who have seized control of the country’s distant north in the chaotic aftermath of a military coup in the capital, declared independence Friday of the Azawad nation.