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Mali: First the war, now the crisis

BAMAKO, Mali — In a little over two weeks around 3,000 French soldiers with armored vehicles and air support have ousted the fighters of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies from every town in the desert north, meeting little resistance along the way.

West Africa's Ecowas gives Mali junta leaders ultimatum

West African leaders met in Ivory Coast on Thursday after abandoning plans to meet with junta leaders in Bamako, the Malian capital.

West African leaders abandon Mali mission

A mission to Mali by four West African presidents seeking to restore the country's democratically elected government was aborted today after the plane carrying the heads of state turned around mid-air due to security concerns.

UNICEF warns that Sahel drought crisis could affect 1.5m children

JOHANNESBURG — As many as 1.5 million young children living in Africa's Sahel region are at risk from severe malnutrition, with little time left to prevent a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF has warned.

13 million people face humanitarian 'catastrophe' in West Africa

More than one million children in the Sahel region are at risk of severe malnutrition, Oxfam says, while in parts of Chad villagers are digging up ant hills to collect the grain the ants have stored.

Waiting for Gaddafi in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU — Gaddafi is a hugely popular figure amongst ordinary people who are grateful for the support — and money — that Libya has poured into their country.
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