U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

WASHINGTON/NIAMEY - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. military and Defense Department officials said.

Landmine kills four U.N. soldiers, wounds 15 in northern Mali

BAMAKO - Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday and a further 15 were wounded when the convoy they were traveling in struck a landmine in an area of northern Mali where attacks are on the rise, a spokesman for the country's U.N. mission said.

World, Africa, United Nations 02 Sep 2014

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

TUNIS - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months.

World, Tunisia 01 Sep 2014

Mali rebel factions agree to end hostilities ahead of Sept talks

OUAGADOUGOU - Representatives of two platforms of rebel groups from northern Mali agreed on Thursday in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to end hostilities and present a united front for talks with the Malian government in Algeria in early September.

World, United Nations, Africa, 28 Aug 2014

Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethink

BRUSSELS - Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive U.S. defense secretaries have failed to do -- persuade European NATO members to spend more on their armed forces.

World, Russia 27 Aug 2014

Washington to give Tunisia military aid to battle Islamists

TUNIS - The United States will give Tunisia $60 million worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy, a senior American official said on Tuesday.

World, Tunisia 26 Aug 2014

Suicide bomber attacks U.N. base in northern Mali, kills two

BAMAKO - Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N. peacekeeping mission (MINUSMA) said on Saturday.

World, Africa, 16 Aug 2014

Cockpit voice recorder in crashed Air Algerie jet unintelligible

PARIS - Cockpit voice recordings from an Air Algerie jet that crashed last month in northern Mali are unintelligible, investigators said on Thursday, depriving them of vital clues on what sent it into a sudden plunge that killed all 116 passengers and crew.

World, Africa, 07 Aug 2014

United States to sell Tunisia 12 Black Hawks to aid militant fight

WASHINGTON - The United States is planning to sell Tunisia a dozen advanced attack helicopters as Washington seeks to help the North African state stamp out a mounting threat from Islamist militants.

World, Africa, Tunisia 05 Aug 2014

Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

TUNIS - A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday.

World, Tunisia, 03 Aug 2014