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Jan 11, 2013

Malian army beats back Islamist rebels with French help

PARIS/BAMAKO, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Malian government troops
drove back Islamist rebels from a strategic central town after
France intervened on Friday with air strikes to halt advances by
the militants controlling the country’s desert north.

Western governments, particularly former colonial power
France, had voiced alarm after the al Qaeda-linked rebel
alliance captured the town of Konna on Thursday, a gateway
towards the capital Bamako 600 km (375 miles) south.

Jan 11, 2013

France launches air strikes in Mali against Islamist rebels

PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – France carried out air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Friday as it began a military intervention intended to halt a drive southward by the militants who control the country’s desert north.

Western governments, particularly former colonial power France, voiced alarm after the al Qaeda-linked rebel alliance captured the central Malian town of Konna on Thursday, a gateway towards the capital Bamako 600 km (375 miles) further south.

Dec 11, 2012

Poverty in Guinea as mine wrangle stalls bonanza

CONAKRY/LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Hidden under the lush
forests of southern Guinea is the world’s largest untapped
deposit of iron ore, a resource so rich it covers dirt roads,
trees and just about everything above it in a burnt, rust red
dust.

The Simandou deposit has some of world’s highest grade,
lowest impurity ore, enough to satisfy 12 percent or more of
global seaborne demand for steel-making iron ore, and transform
one of the world’s poorest countries into a major producer.

Jun 15, 2012

U.S. prosecutors add charges in Equatorial Guinea graft case

DAKAR (Reuters) – Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, spent more than $300 million during a decade of high living financed by bribes and embezzlement, according to a new filing by U.S. prosecutors.

The filing this week came after a judge told prosecutors in April they must provide more evidence of wrongdoing to be able to seize assets including a $30 million Malibu estate, private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia collection.

Jun 11, 2012

West Africa BCEAO cenbak cuts rate by 25 bps

DAKAR, June 11 (Reuters) – The Central Bank of West African
states on Monday cut its key lending rate by 25 basis points to
3 percent on adverse international environment weighing on the
region’s growth, the bank said in a statement.

Kone Tiemoko Meyliet, governor of the eight-nation central
bank BCEAO, said the bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC)
decided to cut it’s marginal rate effective from June 16,
following an assessment of risks facing the region.

Jun 7, 2012

Pan-African airline dream faces tough take-off

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gervais Djondo is a man with a dream.

The former industry minister of the west African state of Togo has set himself a mission to create a pan-African airline serving the continent, an elusive goal since a previous venture, Air Afrique, collapsed under a pile of debt in 2002.

Africa’s aviation market is set to soar in the coming years, powered by the resource-rich continent’s robust economic growth and burgeoning consumer market, which are multiplying business and leisure travel. Big airline manufacturers are eyeing potentially buoyant orders, as Africans increasingly turn to air travel.

Jun 7, 2012

Analysis: Pan-African airline dream faces tough take-off

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gervais Djondo is a man with a dream.

The former industry minister of the west African state of Togo has set himself a mission to create a pan-African airline serving the continent, an elusive goal since a previous venture, Air Afrique, collapsed under a pile of debt in 2002.

Africa’s aviation market is set to soar in the coming years, powered by the resource-rich continent’s robust economic growth and burgeoning consumer market, which are multiplying business and leisure travel. Big airline manufacturers are eyeing potentially buoyant orders, as Africans increasingly turn to air travel.

May 3, 2012

ECOWAS warn Mali, Bissau juntas, prepares troops

DAKAR (Reuters) – West African leaders warned military juntas in Mali and Guinea Bissau on Thursday that further defiance of the 15-nation bloc’s decisions would not be tolerated but stopped short of deploying troops to both countries.

Meeting in the Senegalese capital for their second extraordinary summit in a week, the heads of state heard that soldiers who seized power in both countries continue to reject proposals put forward for transition to civilian rule.

Apr 10, 2012

Malians march for “liberation” of rebel-held north

BAMAKO, April 10 (Reuters) – Around 2,000 Malians marched
through the capital Bamako on Tuesday appealing for foreign help
to dislodge Tuareg-led rebels in the north, saying a
humanitarian crisis was looming and civilians had been abused.

Rebels capitalised on the disarray after a March 22 coup to
seize the three northern regions they claim as their desert
homeland of “Azawad”, a secession bid that has been shunned by
Mali’s neighbours and foreign capitals from Paris to Washington.

Apr 9, 2012

New north Mali Arab force seeks to “defend” Timbuktu

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Members of Mali’s Arab community in the northern town of Timbuktu have formed an armed group to fill the void left by the army’s retreat, adding to a host of factions already involved and extending the ethnic dimension of Mali’s conflict.

Residents in Timbuktu said the new group, known as the Azawad National Liberation Front, or FLNA, was essentially made up of members of an Arab militia that had been established to defend the town during an advance by Tuareg-led rebels.

    • About Bate

      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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