West Africa

Mali names former NASA astrophysicist Cheick Modibo Diarra as its Interim Prime Minister

April 18, 2012

“The appointment of former NASA astrophysicist Cheick Modibo Diarra, a political novice whom U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp named its “ambassador to Africa” in 2006, was announced by state television.”

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Mali’s Parliament Speaker to be sworn in as Mali’s Interim President

April 11, 2012

“The United Nations Security Council has expressed “deep concern at the increased terrorist threat” in northern Mali, saying elements of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and extremist elements are among the Tuareg fighters.”"

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West African Leaders (ECOWAS) Lift Sanctions Imposed on Mali

April 8, 2012

“West African leaders have lifted all sanctions imposed on Mali with immediate effect following the agreement on restoring the constitutional order, a statement from the regional body ECOWAS said on Sunday.”

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Separatist Rebels in Mali announce a ceasefire and intentions to form their own State

April 5, 2012

“Mali separatist rebels have announced a ceasefire, saying they have now seized enough territory to form their own state.Disgruntled troops swarmed the capital almost two weeks ago and forced the democratically-elected president out of power.”

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Islamists shoot 7 people dead in northern Nigeria

April 5, 2012

“The shooting happened in Maiduguri — the spiritual home of the sect known as Boko Haram. The area has been under increased military protection for months in an attempt to stop violence.”

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Christians fleeing from Islamists in northern Mali

April 5, 2012

“Mali’s crisis deepened Wednesday, as officials in the fabled northern city of Timbuktu confirmed that the Islamic rebel faction that seized control of the town over the weekend has announced it will impose sharia law.”

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African Union, West African Nations Sanction Mali Following the Country’s Military Overthrowing of the Government

April 3, 2012

“The African Union said Tuesday it will impose more sanctions on the country, one day after the Economic Community of West African States slapped the ruling military junta with travel and economic restrictions after last month’s coup.”

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Mali’s neighboring countries threaten to reverse the country’s coup with the use of force

March 29, 2012

“Mali’s neighbors threatened on Tuesday to use sanctions and a readiness to use military force to dislodge the army leaders behind last week’s coup, urging them to quickly hand back power to civilian rulers.”

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Hundreds protest in Mali’s capital seeking a return to democracy

March 26, 2012

“Mali’s two-decade attempt at democracy came to an end when junior officers, angry that the government hadn’t done more to equip them to fight the insurgents, overtook Mali’s presidential palace last Thursday.”

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Coup d’état: Soldiers in Mali Overthrow the Country’s Democratically-Elected Government

March 22, 2012

“Soldiers in Mali, a West African nation often cited as a democratic model, overthrew the elected government on Thursday, looted the presidential palace, arrested ministers and declared that they had seized power.”

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Libya sends Senior Delegation to Mauritania urging them to hand over former Libyan Intelligence Chief Abdallah al-Senussi

March 19, 2012

“A Mauritanian security source told Reuters authorities had yet to take a decision on the fate of Senussi, who is accused of playing a central role in repression and torture under Gaddafi.”

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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is officially in Senegal to observe this weekend’s contentious election, met with opposition candidates in an effort to mediate a growing political standoff in Senegal

February 22, 2012

“Senegal is tense and an air of uncertainty blankets the capital with just five days to go before Sunday’s presidential election.”

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One day after security forces killed a civilian during anti-government demonstrations, Students clash with Police in Senegal

February 2, 2012

“The clashes mark the third day of back-to-back protests stemming from the decision of the nation’s highest court to allow President Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third term. The constitution was revised to impose a two-term maximum, and many Senegalese as well as international experts see the court’s decision as politically motivated.”

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan clinging to power

February 2, 2012

“A week-long general strike last month mobilized millions against his decision to remove fuel subsidies that cost about $8 billion a year, forcing him into a partial climbdown. That was followed by a series of attacks by Islamist militants that killed as many as 256 people in the northern city of Kano.”

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Nigerian Police arrest the spokesperson for militant group Boko Haram

February 2, 2012

“The spokesman for Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been captured after a months-long surveillance operation, a spokesman for Nigerian police said Wednesday. Security services tracked Abu Qa Qa through his phone even though he changed his location and phone number regularly, police told CNN. They said they’re now trying to confirm his true identity, though they believe that he is a Nigerian citizen.”

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