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Niger, Mali leaders seek funding for new anti-jihadist force

NIAMEY Mali and Niger, two of the West African nations worst affected by jihadist violence, appealed on Wednesday for international funding for a regional force they have set up to counter Islamist insurgencies.

Canada stalls on Mali mission, could hit Security Council bid

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland Canada on Wednesday indicated it would again put off a decision on contributing troops to a U.N. peace operation in Mali, upsetting allies who said the new delay could undermine Canada's effort to obtain a seat on the Security Council.

World, Africa, United Nations Sep 13 2017

Macron vows Caribbean rebuild as anger rises against European powers

PORT-AU-PRINCE French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to quickly rebuild the islands of the French Caribbean during a visit on Tuesday meant to dispel anger at his government's response to Hurricane Irma, which killed at least 43 people in the region. | Video

Caribbean faces hard road to recovery after Irma's ravages

VARADERO, Cuba From Cuba to Antigua, Caribbean islanders began counting the cost of Hurricane Irma on Sunday after the brutal storm left a trail of death, destruction and chaos from which the tourist-dependent region could take years to recover. | Video

Airbus issues safety advice on Tiger helicopters flying in turbulence

BERLIN Airbus Helicopters has warned pilots of its Tiger military helicopters to be careful of rapid switches from auto pilot to manual mode during turbulence, after initial indications that such a switch may have played a role in a fatal crash in Mali.

World, Sep 06 2017

U.N. enacts sanctions against anyone hindering Mali peace

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council established a Mali sanctions regime on Tuesday that allows the body to blacklist anyone who violates or obstructs a 2015 peace deal, hinders the delivery of aid, commits human rights abuses or recruits child soldiers.

World, United Nations, Africa, Sep 05 2017

France turns to armed drones in fight against Sahel militants

TOULON, France France has decided to arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday.

World, France, Africa, Sep 05 2017

France's Macron sets fighting 'Islamist terrorism' as main policy goal

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that ensuring national security would be at the heart of France's diplomatic activity and he set eradicating "Islamist terrorism" as his core foreign policy goal.

World, United Nations, France, Aug 29 2017

Mali governor returns to northern state as part of ceasefire

BAMAKO Rival armed groups in northern Mali agreed to the return of a state governor to the desert city of Kidal for the first time in years as part of a ceasefire deal signed on Wednesday after weeks of fighting.

World, United Nations, Africa, Aug 23 2017

Mali Islamist police chief gets 10-year jail term for amputations

A Malian Islamist police chief who cut off people's hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels was handed a 10-year jail term, his lawyer said on Saturday.

World, Aug 19 2017