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The council discussed the faltering peace effort in Mali after a car bomb killed 50 people in the northern city of Gao.  By SEBASTIEN RIEUSSEC (AFP/File)

Un To Consider Sanctions Regime For Mali

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday agreed to consider setting up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who are hindering a struggling peace deal, the council president said. The council discussed the faltering peace effort in Mali after a car bomb ki ...
Human Rights Watch's director in Tunisia, Amna Guellali (R), speaks during a press conference on February 2, 2016 in Tunis to present a 33-page document about the country's draconian drug law.  By FETHI BELAID (AFP/File)

Calls mount against Tunisia jail-for-joint law

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Tunis (AFP) - Tunisia is facing mounting calls, from rights groups all the way up to the head of state, to reform a law that jails youths for a year for smoking a joint. Repression is not effective at all... I am totally against imprisonment, the country's secretary of state for youth, Faten Ka ...

The population in drought-affected districts of Madagascar is almost entirely dependent on food aid, with the WFP handing out food parcels once a month.  By RIJASOLO (AFP/File)

Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Anjapaly (Madagascar) (AFP) - A black ribbon is strapped around Karaniteny's straw hat: a symbol of mourning after she lost her 10-year-old daughter Vahana to the devastation of severe drought in October. Vahana died after eating red cactus fruit, the only plant growing in the drought-ravaged dis ...
A suicide bomb attack on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in northern Mali on Wednesday killed 37 fighters.  By Pascal Guyot (AFP/File)

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Gao (Mali) (AFP) - A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left nearly 50 people dead Wednesday and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north. The car bomb attack in Gao, the region's biggest city, targeted a camp grouping ...
Sidi Hamza al-Qadiri al-Boutchichi was believed to be descended from the Prophet Mohammed and belonged to a long line of Sufi leaders.  By ABDELHAK SENNA (AFP/File)

Popular Sufi leader in Morocco dies aged 95

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Rabat (AFP) - The head of one of Morocco's biggest Sufi orders, with tens of thousands of followers at home and abroad, died Wednesday aged 95, an official and local media said. Sheikh Sidi Hamza al-Qadiri al-Boutchichi was the spiritual leader of the Qadiriya Boutchichiya order. He died in th ...
A suicide bomb attack on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in northern Mali on Wednesday killed 37 fighters.  By Pascal Guyot (AFP/File)

Mali suicide attack kills 40 fighters

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Bamako (AFP) - A suicide bombing Wednesday on a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead, UN and local sources told AFP. The president's office ordered three days of national mourning following the attack, the worst in the country in rec ...
Mumbai is forecast to be among the biggest losers of mild days per year by 2100, with an average reduction  from 82 to 44.  By PUNIT PARANJPE (AFP/File)

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Paris (AFP) - Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century's end even as the average number of mild days per year declines worldwide, a climate study said Wednesday. Using models based on mid-range global warming projections, American researchers calculated there will ...
Tunisia's Youssef Msakni (L) fights for the ball with Senegal's Sadio Mane during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group B match, in Franceville, on January 15, 2017.  By KHALED DESOUKI (AFP/File)

Senegal have Africa Cup of Nations last-eight place in sight

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Franceville (Gabon) (AFP) - Sadio Mane-inspired Senegal will become the first qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals if they defeat upstarts Zimbabwe in Franceville on Thursday. Senegal enter the match with three points, Algeria and Zimbabwe have one each and Tunisia none. T ...
A French-led military intervention that started in January 2013 helped Mali drive out jihadists, but insurgents remain active across large parts of the region.  By STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (AFP/File)

France weighs UN sanctions regime for Mali

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 United Nations (United States) (AFP) - France is considering a UN Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of a peace deal signed 19 months ago, the ambassador said Tuesday. The peace accord signed in June 2015 between the Malian governme ...
A report compiled shortly before the attack that killed 38 people on a beach at a Sousse resort in June 2015 found that there were few security measures in place to prevent such an attack.  By FETHI BELAID (AFP/File)

'Little' security at Tunisia attack resort: inquest

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 London (AFP) - A report on security at hotels in the Tunisian resort of Sousse had found security failings just months before a terror attack, an inquest into the killings of 30 British tourists there heard on Tuesday. Andrew Ritchie, a lawyer who represents 20 victims' families, read extracts fr ...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at his annual press conference on January 17, 2017.  By Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV (AFP)

Syria talks in Astana meant to 'consolidate' ceasefire: Lavrov

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Moscow (AFP) - Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. One of the objectives of the meeting in Astana is first of all to consolidate the ceasefire, Lavrov said o ...
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) shakes hands with defender Joel Matip at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales, on October 1, 2016.  By GEOFF CADDICK (AFP/File)

Liverpool's Klopp baffled by Cameroon's claim on Joel Matip

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 London (AFP) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why retired Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of confusi ...
Servicemen walk past a flock of dead goats in a dry area in northeastern Somalia, on December 15, 2016 where drought has severely affected livestock.  By Mohamed Abdiwahab (AFP/File)

Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Mogadishu (AFP) - A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320,000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday. The level of humanitarian suffering in this country triggered by projected conflict, seasonal shock ...
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