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Mali says it killed 203 militants in anti-terror operation
... sources means that figures provided by government or armed groups are difficult to verify. Mali, an impoverished nation of about 21 million people, has struggled to contain a jihadist insurgency that emerged in 2012, before spreading to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger. There are thousands of rebel groups and militias in the country, and thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict. Mali's under-equipped army has been accused of committing abuse during the conflict. According to ...
Updated: 04/02/2022
Nearly half of all pregnancies worldwide are unintended, UN warns
... Wednesday, one woman from Ghana said they had heard that contraceptives make people grow fat. Several women from different countries, including the US, said they had been told that birth control pills could cause infertility. A 43-year-old woman from Burkina Faso said: We were told that contraception makes you sterile. According to another woman, 31, from Sudan: People believe it causes infertility, cancer, and that it is a foreign idea. An Algerian respondent, 44, had been told that: Condoms should only ...
Updated: 03/30/2022
Couple of coups: African juntas seize power: experts
... broadcaster to announce they have taken over the country. International condemnation follows, but the junta remains in power. West Africa 's new wave of coups kicked off in Mali in 2020, followed by another in Guinea the following year, and then Burkina Faso late last month. A week later, gunmen tried to overthrow the president of Guinea-Bissau in a machine-gun attack that lasted hours but failed. Military power grabs are nothing new in the region, there have been more than 100 in West Africa since ...
Updated: 02/07/2022
ECOWAS says Burkina Faso junta willing to work towards constitutional order
A military junta that took power in Burkina Faso last week showed willingness to work towards a return to constitutional order, leaders of West Africa's regional bloc said on Thursday. A military junta that took power in Burkina Faso last week showed willingness to work towards a return to constitutional ...
Updated: 02/03/2022
ECOWAS to hold key summit in Burkina Faso
... history of turbulence. West African leaders hold a key summit on Thursday after a wave of coups buffeted a region struggling with poverty and a long history of turbulence. Emergency talks in the Ghanaian capital Accra were started on January 24 after Burkina Faso became the third member of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States West African States ECOWAS, which was overtaken by the military. Burkina followed Mali , where a coup in September 2020 was followed by a second in May 2021, and ...
Updated: 02/03/2022
Six dead in failed coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau
... coups since independence from Portugal in 1974. Only one democratically elected president has completed a full term. West Africa has been hit by a string of military coups over the past 18 months, including two in Mali , one in Guinea and one in Burkina Faso last week. The context appeared different in Guinea-Bissau . It is not clear who was behind the attack but Embalo suggested it was linked to the government's fight against drug traffickers rather than an army plan to seize power. He said on Tuesday ...
Updated: 02/02/2022
Guinea-Bissau government palace threatened with coup attempt
... transit point for cocaine between Latin America and Europe as traffickers profited from corruption and weak law enforcement. West Africa has had a series of coups in the last 18 months. Emboldened by popular discontent, militaries in Mali , Guinea and Burkina Faso have seized power, reversing democratic gains that had led to the region shedding its tag as Africa 's coup belt.
Updated: 02/01/2022
African Union suspends Burkina Faso from activities
The African Union suspended Burkina Faso from all activities in response to the military coup last week, effective until constitutional order is restored, the AU said on Monday. The African Union suspended Burkina Faso from all activities in response to the military coup last week, ...
Updated: 01/31/2022
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