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Jan 23, 2013

U.S., Africa say Mali action counters growing Islamist threat

DIABALY/SEGOU, Mali (Reuters) – The United States and African leaders threw their full diplomatic weight on Wednesday behind a campaign to expel Islamist rebels from Mali, as French air strikes harried the al Qaeda-allied fighters in their strongholds.

For nearly two weeks, French jets and helicopters have been hitting carefully selected targets around rebel-held Malian towns such as Gao and Timbuktu, while African troops gather for a planned ground offensive against the Islamist forces.

Jan 23, 2013

Chadians advance in Mali troop moves against Islamists

NIAMEY/BAMAKO (Reuters) – Chadian forces advanced towards the Mali border on Tuesday as an African troop deployment and a U.S. military airlift swelled international support for French operations against Islamist rebels occupying the north of Mali.

The aim of the intervention is to prevent northern Mali from becoming a launchpad for international attacks by al Qaeda and its local allies in North and West Africa. Fears of this increased sharply after a hostage-taking raid by Islamist militants last week on a gas plant in Algeria.

Jan 22, 2013

Chadians advance in Mali troop moves, US helps with airlift

NIAMEY/BAMAKO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Chadian forces advanced
towards the Malian border on Tuesday as an African troop
deployment and a U.S. military airlift swelled international
support for French operations against Islamist rebels occupying
the north of Mali.

An armoured column of Chadian troops, experienced in desert
operations, moved north from the Niger capital Niamey on the
road to Ouallam, some 100 km (60 miles) from the Malian border,
where Nigerien troops are already stationed.

Jan 16, 2013

Africa’s French take Islamist threats in stride

DAKAR, Jan 15 (Reuters) – French strikes on al Qaeda-linked
rebels in Mali have raised the risk of revenge attacks on French
citizens in parts of Africa, officials say, although expatriates
and foreign companies were mainly taking the threats in their
stride.

French troops launched their first ground operation against
Islamist rebels on Wednesday after six days of air strikes.

Dec 13, 2012

Ghana to refinance Eurobond, eyes rapid growth

ACCRA, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Ghana plans to refinance a $750
million Eurobond next year to benefit from falling interest
rates, and may seek to raise extra cash with the new issue, the
country’s finance minister said in an interview.

High-growth Ghana – Africa’s second-largest gold miner and
the world’s No.2 cocoa grower – aims to consolidate its status
as a middle-income nation. A smooth presidential election last
week boosted its reputation as a stable democracy.

Dec 12, 2012

Ghana’s future depends on fair share from resources – president

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama said on Tuesday he will press foreign energy and mining firms for more revenue during his new term, won in elections he said proved the strength of democracy in the West African state.

He said the cocoa, oil and gold-exporting country would respect existing contracts, but would seek to convince companies to agree changes to boost the state take from taxes and royalties.

Dec 12, 2012

Ghana’s bright future depends on fair share from resources – Mahama

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama said on Tuesday he will press foreign energy and mining firms for more revenue during his new term, won in elections he said proved the strength of democracy in the West African state.

He said the cocoa, oil and gold-exporting country would respect existing contracts, but would seek to convince companies to agree changes to boost the state take from taxes and royalties.

Dec 11, 2012

Ghana opposition to challenge presidential poll result

ACCRA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition party said
on Tuesday it will challenge in court the result of last week’s
election that incumbent president John Dramani Mahama won with
50.7 percent of the vote.

The New Patriotic Party, whose leader Nana Akufo-Addo lost
to Mahama, said electoral workers tampered with the result of
the Dec. 7 vote – which was widely seen as a test for democracy
in one of Africa’s most stable nations.

Dec 10, 2012

Ghana’s Mahama reaches out to defeated rivals

ACCRA, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Newly elected Ghanaian President
John Dramani Mahama on Monday urged his defeated political
opponents to join him “as partners” to improve the West African
state, as his chief rival threatened to launch a court battle
over the poll results.

Mahama was declared winner of the Dec. 7 election, which was
widely seen as a test of whether country – one of the fastest
growing economies in Africa – can maintain its reputation as a
pillar of democracy in a troubled region.

Dec 10, 2012

Ghana’s Mahama wins election, opposition cries foul

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s electoral authorities said on Sunday incumbent leader John Dramani Mahama won a new term as president in the West African state in an election the opposition claimed was marred by tampering.

Mahama, who replaced former president John Atta Mills after his death in July, took 50.7 percent of the ballots cast – just enough to avoid a run-off with his chief rival Nana Akufo-Addo.

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