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Dozens killed in separate Burkina Faso attacks

An armed group in Burkina Faso attacked a cattle market and a humanitarian convoy, killing at least 35 people, the government said on Sunday.
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

Burkina Faso says jihadists killed 15 shopkeepers

At least 15 civilians have been killed in northern Burkina Faso during an attack attributed to jihadists, the government said Saturday.

10 jihadists killed in western Burkina Faso – army

The West African country is battling an Islamist revolt, which has also exacerbated deadly inter-ethnic tensions. Since 2015, nearly 900 people have died and 840,000 have fled their homes.
Nigerien and French troops have carried out a military operation that has killed 120 ‘terrorists’ in south-west Niger, the country’s defence ministry said. Ludovic Marin-AFP via Getty Images

ISWAP attacks: 28 foreign informants, local collaborators arrested – report

The Nigerian military has arrested 28 informants leaking operational secrets to the Boko Haram terrorists.
Niger’s Minister of Employment and Labour, Mohamed Ben Omar, died on Sunday, his party said, without stating the cause of death.

Niger labour minister dies amid pandemic

Niger’s Minister of Employment and Labour, Mohamed Ben Omar, died on Sunday, his party said, without stating the cause of death.

French armed forces buy chloroquine from China as ‘precaution’

France’s armed forces ministry on Friday said it had bought a consignment of the anti-malarial drug chloroquine from China as a precaution in case it becomes an approved medication for the coronavirus, an idea dismissed by many experts.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Abdullahi Sule, are meeting right now.

President Buhari attends virtual ECOWAS Summit

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari today (Thursday) in Abuja via teleconference participated in the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS).
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

HRW accuses Burkina Faso over killing of 31 unarmed civilians

Burkina Faso’s security forces allegedly executed 31 unarmed detainees in the northern town of Djibo, Human Rights Watch said Monday, calling for an immediate investigation.
The U.S. government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged Wednesday to jointly invest $200 million over the next four years to achieve affordable gene therapy-based cures for sickle cell disease (SCD) and HIV.

Gates Foundation: Northern Nigeria has weakest overall health infrastructure

The Chief Executive Officer of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman, has alarmed that Northern Nigeria has the weakest overall health infrastructure in the country and is prone to facing health challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE PHOTO- Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS-Regis Duvignau--File Photo

Chad’s troop deployment and the anti-jihadist campaign in the Sahel

Chadian President, Idriss Deby Itno, has threatened to end the deployment of his troops beyond national borders, a move freighted with potential consequences for the campaign against Islamist insurgents in the Sahel.
FILE PHOTO- Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS-Regis Duvignau--File Photo

Idris Deby changes mind, will continue war against Boko Haram

President Idris Deby of Chad has made a U-turn on his move to pull out of the regional anti-militant fight days after he made the statement, Africafeeds reported.
Burkina Faso soldiers

Soldier, six terrorists killed in Burkina Faso clashes

A Burkina Faso soldier and six “terrorist” insurgents were killed in clashes in the north of the country Sunday, the army chief said in a statement.
FILE PHOTO- Chad's President Idriss Deby arrives to attend a summit on the situation in the Sahel region in the southern French city of Pau, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS-Regis Duvignau--File Photo

Chad army will stop joining regional operations against jihadists – president

Chad’s army will no longer participate in military operations beyond its borders, President Idriss Deby said on Friday, a potential blow to international efforts to defeat Islamist militants in the conflict-hit Sahel and Lake Chad region.
Antonio Guterres

UN chief highlights security implications of coronavirus

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday highlighted some implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for peace and security.
Chadian President Idriss Deby has announced the end of his country’s military operation against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

Chadian president announces end of military operation against Boko Haram in Lake Chad region

Chadian President Idriss Deby has announced the end of his country’s military operation against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

UN: 2.1 million people to face food insecurity in Sahel

An unprecedented 2.1 million people in the Sahel region will not have access to enough food, with the Covid-19 pandemic likely to hamper aid operations, a projection by the World Food Programme (WFP) showed.
Kenyan health workers dressed in protective suits prepare to disinfect the residence where Kenya's first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya March 14, 2020. REUTERS-Baz Ratner

Africa’s weak health systems facing great coronavirus strain

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.
Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East on March 24, 2020. – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 announced a 21-day national lockdown to start later this week to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people and ordered the military to enforce the ban. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Africa’s weak health systems face escalating virus peril

Equipment shortages, scarce beds and poorly-paid doctors and nurses: Africa is finding that it has few means to protect itself as a feared coronavirus tsunami looms.

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