Russia to keep supporting Mali military despite Western criticism

MALI-Only days after Bamako denied the presence of Russian mercenaries, Russia said it will keep providing Mali with military assistance through state channels, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian diplomat as saying Monday. France, Canada and 13 European nations last week condemned Moscow for facilitating the alleged deployment...

Somalia’s growing instability breeds fear as political crisis deepens

MOGADISHU-Somalia’s allies and international observers have expressed deep concerns over the escalating power struggle between the country’s president and prime minister, as heavily armed factions patrolled the streets of the capital. Soldiers loyal to Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble on Tuesday took up positions near the presidential palace, reports citing witnesses said,...

Stephanie Williams, U.N. Libya adviser urges focus on elections

TUNIS- A senior U.N. official said on Monday the main focus after the delay of last week's planned election in Libya should be on ways to move forward with the vote rather than on the fate of the interim government.The U.N. secretary general's special adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams, told...

Mali launches forum on return to civilian rule

BAMAKO-Mali’s military-dominated government has launched a four-day national forum on returning the country to civilian rule following the country’s August 2020 coup.The authorities are showcasing the “National Conference on Reform” as a chance for the public to foster change, but main groups have already lashed the project and said they...

Supreme Court in the Gambia dismisses election result challenge

BANJUL - Gambia's Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to President Adama Barrow's recent election victory on Tuesday, ruling that the petition had not followed proper procedure, court documents showed.Barrow won the Dec. 4 poll with 53% of the vote. Runner up Ousainou Darboe, who got about 28%, and two...