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U.N. bemoans lack of funding for African anti-jihadist force


PARIS International donors have disbursed less than half of what they had pledged for a regional force fighting to contain West African jihadists, hampering its efforts as insecurity spreads across the region, a United Nations report said.

French prosecutors call for 3.7 billion euro fine against UBS

PARIS French prosecutors argued in a Paris court on Thursday for Swiss bank UBS AG to be fined 3.7 billion euros for helping wealthy French people evade taxes.

Nov 08 2018

Ex-French president Sarkozy loses latest court appeal in campaign financing case

PARIS Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost an appeal against an earlier decision to send him to trial over charges of illegal campaign financing, and his lawyer said he would challenge the decision in France's highest appeals court.

World, Oct 25 2018

Wednesday Morning Briefing

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Turkish President Erdogan, Zika on the rise in Angola and Russia moves into in Central Africa. Catch up on the latest headlines.

China, Russia, Japan, Turkey, Myanmar, Oct 17 2018

How Russia moved into Central Africa

DAKAR When Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead.

In sign of better relations, Rwandan heads Francophonie body

YEREVAN Rwanda's foreign minister was named head of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) on Friday, a sign of slowly improving relations between Paris and Kigali a decade after the African nation turned its back on the French language.

World, Africa, Oct 12 2018

French army carries out air strikes in Burkina after Islamist attack

PARIS France carried out air strikes in northern Burkina Faso after Islamist militants attacked a police unit at a local gold mine, the latest incident to underscore rising insurgency in the West African region.

World, France, Africa Oct 04 2018

U.S. to keep supporting French military effort in Mali: Pentagon chief

PARIS The United States has no plans to reduce its support for the French-led military campaign against Islamist militants in Mali, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.

World, Africa, Oct 02 2018

At least 15 Tuaregs killed in Fulani attack on Mali village

BAMAKO At least 15 Tuaregs were killed when armed men from a rival ethnic group attacked their village in northern Mali, local authorities said on Wednesday.

World, Africa, Sep 26 2018

Three workers reportedly kidnapped near Burkina Faso gold mine

OUAGADOUGOU Unidentified assailants on Sunday kidnapped three people working at a gold mine run by Ghana-based Balaji in northeastern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali, a company official told Reuters on Monday.

World, Africa, Sep 24 2018