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Africa forces’ role in Mali faces diverse snags

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A French soldier talks with young residents of San in central Mali, as French troops pass through en route to Sevare, Mali, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. French forces encircled a key Malian town on Friday to stop radical Islamists from striking closer to the capital, a French official said. The move to surround Diabaly came as French and Malian authorities said they had retaken Konna, the central city whose capture prompted the French military intervention last week. AP Photo/Harouna Traore

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 [...]

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Indian papal envoy to Ivory Coast dies in road accident

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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.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN says 7 peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coast

United Nations soldiers from Niger conduct a patrol through the streets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast in this January 2011 file photo. Seven UN peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush Friday  in a remote area of southwestern Ivory Coast while trying to protect civilians threatened by attack, the United Nations said. AP

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.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mali’s Tuareg rebels declare independence

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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.

Posted: April 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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