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Congo's players celebrate and dance after they won their Group A soccer match against Gabon in the African Cup of Nations in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, 21 January 2015
22/01/2015 - Report: Africa Cup of Nations 2015

Red card for Gervinho, draw for Guinea and win for Congo on day five of CAN

On day five of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) Gervinho apologised for a tantrum that brought him the red card, Equatorial Guinea disappointed against Burkina Faso, Congo had their first win in 30 ...
Seydou Keita played his 100th game for his country on day four of ACN
21/01/2015 - Report: Africa Cup of Nations 2015

Senegal celebrates as Ghana licks its wounds, Keita plays 100th game for Mali, Zambia ready for Tunisia

On day four at the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Senegal celebrated their first CAN win for five years while Ghana licked their wounds, favourites fail to shine and Zambia’s coach boasted ...

French press review 20 January 2015

Recognising heros, Hollande's popularity boost, and propsed new economic reforms - all in today's papers ...

The Minusma blue helmets are a regular target of deadly attacks in Mali.
17/01/2015 - MALI

Terrorist attack against UN base in Mali

Gunman launched an attack against UN troops, the Minusma, in Mali on Saturday, killing one soldier and injuring a second - the latest in a series of terrorist attacks on the blue helmets.

Lassana Bathily
15/01/2015 - France - Mali

Malian hero of Jewish supermarket attack to get French nationality

A Malian described as a "hero" after he saved the lives of 20 hostages in the Paris Kosher supermarket which was attacked by a terrorist last week is to be awarded French nationality in a ...
BKO Quintet unites hunters and griots
11/01/2015 - World music matters

BKO Quintet unites hunters and griots

Malian percussionist Ibrahima Sarr and French percussionist Aymeric Krol have joined forces and musical cultures to form BKO Quintet with three other musicians from Mali.
(L-R) Chérif Kouachi, Saïd Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly
10/01/2015 - France

Who were the Charlie Hebdo killers?

Two brothers wanted for Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris were shot dead by elite French police on Friday, as was Amedy Koulibaly who had taken hostages in a kosher supermarket.
Man reading a manuscript on the roof of Djingareyber mosque.
06/01/2015 - Mali

Rare manuscripts enlighten Timbuktu, now Brussels

In 2012 Tuareg and Islamic separatists took over northern Mali, imposing draconian-style Islam on an already devout people. The invaders destroyed crucial works of Malian heritage including the tombs of Muslim saints listed with Unesco, the UN cultural protection agency.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 5 novembre 2013 in Bamako
18/12/2014 - Mali - France

Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita vows to free remaining Western hostages

In an exclusive interview with RFI, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) says that the four Jihadists freed in exchange for the French hostage Serge Lazarevic will be hunted down by Malian, Niger and French troops.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets French air force pilots in Niger's capital Niamey last month
14/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

French troops have neutralised 200 Sahel jihadists this year, Le Drian

The French army has “neutralised” 200 jihadist fighters in the Sahel over the last year, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says in an interview to be published tomorrow.