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New African consulates cause trouble for Western Sahara (31.03.2020)

Several African countries have opened diplomatic missions to Morocco in Western Sahara, a disputed area occupied by Rabat. This has been exacerbating the conflict in an already volatile region seeking independence.

EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo (31.03.2020)

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya, thereby contributing to the peace process in the country, through the launch of a new CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy) military operation in the Mediterranean. The Council today adopted a decision...

UNAMID mandate extended (30.03.2020)

The United Nations Security Council decided that the African Union-United Nations Mission Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) shall maintain its current troop and police ceilings until 31 May 2020, and further decided that during this period UNAMID shall maintain all team sites for mandate...

UNSOM mandate extended (30.03.2020)

The United Nations Security Council extended until 30 June 2020 the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Legislative elections hampered by low voter turnout (30.03.2020)

Few turned out to vote in Mali's long-delayed parliamentary elections over the weekend, as the country grapples with the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the kidnapping of main opposition leader Soumalia Cisse, and an ongoing security crisis in the state's north and central regions. An official turnout...

Mali votes in long-delayed parliamentary election (29.03.2020)

Voters in Mali went to the polls Sunday to elect members of the 147-seat National Assembly. The parliamentary election in the war-torn West African country, which should have taken place after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s 2018 reelection, has been postponed several times since then out of...

France and allies establish new task force in Sahel (28.03.2020)

France and several of its European allies have officially set up a new task force, called Takuba, made of special forces that will fight armed groups in the West African region of Sahel alongside the armies of Mali and Niger. … The statement said Takuba, which means "sabre" in Tuareg, is planned...

Boko Haram kills troops in 'deadliest' Chad raid (25.03.2020)

Boko Haram Islamist militants have killed 92 Chadian soldiers in attack on an island in Lake Chad. President Idriss Déby said on a visit to the area that Monday's raid was the jihadists' deadliest yet in Chad. Lake Chad is the region where forces from Chad, Nigeria and Niger have been fighting the...

EUTM Mali: Council extends training mission with broadened mandate and increased budget (23.03.2020)

The Council today decided to expand the scope of the mandate of the European Union military mission contributing to the training of the Malian Armed Forces (EUTM Mali). The mission will be able to provide military assistance to the G5 Sahel Joint Force and to national armed forces in the G5 Sahel...

UN welcomes response by Libyan parties to calls for humanitarian pause (21.03.2020)

The United Nations on Saturday welcomed the “positive responses” of Libya’s Tripoli-based government and the Libyan National Army (LNA) to calls for a pause to stop the fighting, in the hopes that this would allow humanitarian access throughout the crisis-torn country and head off the potential...