Geography of Africa http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23821/all en Egypt says expects IMF committee in 2-3 weeks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/egypt-says-expects-imf-committee-2-3-weeks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Egypt expects a visit from an<br /> International Monetary Fund technical committee in two to three<br /> weeks, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday, after a visit<br /> to Cairo by a senior IMF official.</p> <p>"Negotiations with the IMF team will resume from where they<br /> stopped," Yasser Ali, spokesman for President Mohamed Mursi,<br /> said. Asked when the committee would visit, he said to expect it<br /> in "two to three weeks".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/egypt-says-expects-imf-committee-2-3-weeks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab world Cairo CDATA Egypt Geography of Africa International Monetary Fund International Monetary Fund International relations Person Career Person Communication Person Location Politics Quotation XML Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:52:05 +0000 5731479 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali says army repelled Islamist attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/mali-says-army-repelled-islamist-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Mali's army repelled an attack on its advance positions on Monday by heavily armed Islamist groups who control the country's north, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.</p> <p>Islamist fighters who seized control of Mali's vast desert north in April have advanced towards government positions in the region of Mopti in recent days, sowing fears of a return to fighting after months of uneasy stalemate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/mali-says-army-repelled-islamist-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Political geography Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:16:03 +0000 5731854 at http://www.globalpost.com Fire in Nigeria destroys buildings in Lagos suburb http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/fire-nigeria-destroys-buildings-lagos-suburb <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LAGOS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Fire ripped through a poor suburb in Nigeria's biggest city Lagos on Tuesday, burning down ramshackle homes and workshops as firefighters fought to stop the blaze, a Reuters witness said.</p> <p>There were no reported casualties from the fire, which began around 5 p.m. and was yet to be put out as it was fanned by swirling winds, local residents told Reuters.</p> <p>Dozens of buildings were burned to the ground in Ebute Metta, a community along the Lagos lagoon where sawmills process timber brought from across Nigeria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/fire-nigeria-destroys-buildings-lagos-suburb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ebute Metta Geography of Africa Yoruba Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:30:17 +0000 5731858 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali army reinforces, expects Islamist attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/mali-army-reinforces-expects-islamist-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Army expecting attack near Mopti</p> <p>* Ouagadougou peace talks delayed</p> <p>* Students march in Bamako, block bridges</p> <p>BAMAKO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mali has sent soldiers to reinforce troops expecting an attack by Islamist rebels who have already seized the northern two-thirds of the country, a senior military official close to the defence ministry said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/mali-army-reinforces-expects-islamist-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:24 +0000 5732217 at http://www.globalpost.com Central African Republic ceasefire urged as talks begin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/central-african-republic-ceasefire-urged-talks-begin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Both sides should show restraint</p> <p>* Rebels camped within striking distance of capital</p> <p>* President refuses demand to step down</p> <p>LIBREVILLE, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mediators urged Central African Republic's government and rebels to sign a ceasefire on Wednesday as talks got under way to end a month-long insurgency in the former French colony.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/central-african-republic-ceasefire-urged-talks-begin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Bangui Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:15:40 +0000 5732260 at http://www.globalpost.com Malian army says has seized major town from Islamist rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/malian-army-says-has-seized-major-town-islamist-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Mali's army forced Islamist rebels out of an important northeastern town on Wednesday, a senior army official said, the first major pushback by government forces since the north of the country fell to insurgents last year.</p> <p>"The army has retaken Douentza, we just had confirmation that the jihadists have withdrawn following the clash," an officer at the military junta headquarters told Reuters on Thursday, requesting not to be named.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/malian-army-says-has-seized-major-town-islamist-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:15:15 +0000 5732536 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali Islamist rebels take strategic northern town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/mali-islamist-rebels-take-strategic-northern-town <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Islamist rebels drove the Malian army out of the strategic northern town of Konna on Thursday, local residents and a rebel spokeman said, in the fiercest fighting since militant groups seized control of northern Mali nine months ago.</p> <p>"We launched our attack early this morning. Around 11 am (1100 GMT) we entered the town. We took the barracks and we control all of the town of Konna," said MUJWA rebel spokesman Oumar Ould Hamaha.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/mali-islamist-rebels-take-strategic-northern-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:00:14 +0000 5732764 at http://www.globalpost.com Malian army lauches drive to retake key town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/malian-army-lauches-drive-retake-key-town <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Mali's army has launched a counter-offensive to retake the key central town of Konna seized by Islamist rebels on Thursday, military sources and local residents said on Friday.</p> <p>"The army has launched an offensive on Konna. Helicopters have bombarded rebel positions. The operation will continue," a senior military source in Bamako told Reuters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/malian-army-lauches-drive-retake-key-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Political geography Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:30:23 +0000 5733054 at http://www.globalpost.com C.African Republic signs peace deal with rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/cafrican-republic-signs-peace-deal-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LIBREVILLE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Central African Republic's government and rebels agreed to the formation of a national unity government under a ceasefire deal on Friday to end an insurgency that swept to within striking distance of the capital.</p> <p>The agreement, signed in Gabon's coastal capital after three days of negotiations under the intermediation of neighbouring central African states, also envisages the dissolution of the country's National Assembly. (Reporting by Jean Rovys Dabany; writing by Daniel Flynn; editing by Richard Valdmanis)</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/cafrican-republic-signs-peace-deal-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:30:44 +0000 5733164 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali says Nigeria, Senegal, France providing help http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/mali-says-nigeria-senegal-france-providing-help <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - France, Nigeria and Senegal are already providing Malian government forces with assistance on the ground against Islamist insurgents, a defence ministry spokesman said on Friday.</p> <p>"Today, we have partners from Nigeria, Senegal ... France and more on the ground, to give us some assistance," Oumar Dao, chief of operations at the Mali Defence Ministry, told a news conference without providing further details.</p> <p>"Our operational team will define what kind of aid they will provide," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/mali-says-nigeria-senegal-france-providing-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Political geography Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:45:46 +0000 5733269 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali president declares state of emergency over rebel advance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/mali-president-declares-state-emergency-over-rebel-advance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore declared a state of emergency on Friday as government forces battled to hold back al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters threatening to push south from their northern strongholds, an official at the presidency said.</p> <p>"President Traore has just decreed a state of emergency. The information will be transmitted on national television this evening," the official told Reuters, asking not to be named.</p> Africa Geography of Africa Government Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:45:16 +0000 5733297 at http://www.globalpost.com Malian army retakes central town from Islamists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/malian-army-retakes-central-town-islamists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Mali's armed forces retook the central town of Konna from Islamist rebels with French military support on Friday, a Malian defence ministry official and residents said.</p> <p>"The Malian army has retaken Konna with the help of our military partners. We are there now," Lieutenant Colonel Diaran Kone told Reuters.</p> <p>A local shopkeeper confirmed that the army had entered the town, which had been seized on Thursday by the al Qaeda-linked insurgents who control Mali's desert north.</p> Africa Geography of Africa Government Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:17 +0000 5733409 at http://www.globalpost.com France continues Mali air strikes and sends troops to Bamako http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/france-continues-mali-air-strikes-and-sends-troops-bamako <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - French forces continued air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako under an intervention involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.</p> <p>Le Drian said French army units had attacked a column of rebels heading towards the town of Mopti and said a French pilot was killed during air strikes on Friday in an operation to help the Malian government quash a push south by the rebels.</p> Africa Geography of Africa Jean-Yves Le Drian Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:30:17 +0000 5733539 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-France continues Mali strikes, sends troops to Bamako http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-france-continues-mali-strikes-sends-troops-bamako <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John Irish</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-france-continues-mali-strikes-sends-troops-bamako" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:45:21 +0000 5733550 at http://www.globalpost.com More than 100 killed in French air strikes and fighting in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/more-100-killed-french-air-strikes-and-fighting-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - More than 100 people including rebels and government soldiers were killed in Mali during French air strikes and fighting over the strategic town of Konna, Malian military sources and witnesses said on Saturday.</p> <p>An army officer at the headquarters of Mali's former military junta in Bamako said "over 100" rebels had been killed, while a shopkeeper in Konna said he had counted 148 bodies, among them several dozen government soldiers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/more-100-killed-french-air-strikes-and-fighting-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Political geography Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:15:24 +0000 5733625 at http://www.globalpost.com