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Mali extends state of emergency as Islamist violence surges (21.07.2016)

Mali extended a state of emergency for 10 days on Wednesday, the council of ministers said, after a spate of attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilised the vast desert country.

Libya attack: French soldiers die in helicopter crash (21.07.2016)

Three French soldiers have died in Libya after their helicopter was shot down, President Francois Hollande says. The soldiers were killed while carrying out "dangerous intelligence operations", Mr Hollande said. … Earlier on Wednesday, French defence ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed...

UN-backed government condemns France for not coordinating military presence (21.07.2016)

Libya's U.N.-backed unity government has said France had not coordinated with it over the presence of French troops in Libya and that it would not compromise on its sovereignty after France announced the deaths of three of its soldiers there.

China to send special envoy to Africa over South Sudan crisis (20.07.2016)

China is sending its special envoy for Africa to the continent to help with efforts to resolve the political crisis in South Sudan, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Demonstrators protest outside UN compound (20.07.2016)

A thousand people today demonstrated in front of a United Nations compound in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the UN Mission in the country announced, and dispersed without incidents after handing over a petition. … reportedly against a proposal by the African Union to deploy a regional...

UN angry over European pullout of police from South Sudan (20.07.2016)

Three European countries rushed to evacuate their nationals serving as UN police in South Sudan during the recent heavy fighting, without even consulting the United Nations, according to an internal UN memo obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Armed groups kill 17 soldiers at Mali base (20.07.2016)

Seventeen soldiers have been killed and 35 wounded in central Mali in an assault on their military base that authorities called a "coordinated terrorist attack". The raid on Tuesday is the biggest in months on the army in Mali, a country that faces a growing threat from armed groups based in the...

LRA steps up attacks in Central Africa (20.07.2016)

A Ugandan-led rebel group operating in Central Africa abducted 498 civilians and killed 17 others in the first half of this year, a watchdog organization said Wednesday, suggesting a resurgence of the group whose leader is the target of an international manhunt.

UN staff in South Sudan facing harassment, obstructions – UN Mission reports (19.07.2016)

The situation around South Sudan remains tense, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country today said, calling on all parties to uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians – including UN staff.

African leaders eye bigger role for AU forces (19.07.2016)

The role of AU forces is on the rise as African leaders agreed on Monday to send a large AU military force to South Sudan with a more robust mandate than the 12,000-strong UN protection force already in the country.