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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.

Abdullah al-Senoussi extradited to Libya by Mauritania (VIDEO)

Libya, the International Criminal Court and France had all asked to try the former intelligence chief.

Western Sahara in geopolitical stalemate

A generations-old territorial question between Morocco and Algeria poses new risks.
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A Sahrawi woman walks in the desert near the Western Sahara refugees camp in Tindouf. Morocco’s de facto governance of Western Sahara since gaining full control in 1979 remains a point of bitter contention for the Polisario and Algeria. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
RABAT and WASHINGTON — Relative to large pockets of human suffering in sub-Saharan Africa in the form of widespread famine or civil wars, the fate of Western Sahara, a disputed desert territory and its 120,000 people, is easily overlooked. Yet this particular conflict undermines regional security in North Africa and perpetuates a troublesome humanitarian situation. Amid a changing climate colored by the Arab Spring and the ascent of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Western Sahara is an unfortunate liability.
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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.

Mauritanian police officer freed by Al Qaeda group

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) freed a paramilitary police officer it held hostage since an attack on a police station three months earlier

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.
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