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Mali blast death toll rises to over 70 BAMAKO: More than 70 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Mali targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in the African country, according to an updated toll Thursday.The update came as Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keta travelled to Gao in the troubled north to visit injured survivors and relatives of the dead, the head of state's office announced on Twitter."There are more than 70 victims," a medical source in Gao told AFP.The death toll could rise further given the large number of injured, the source said. The wounded have been evacuated to Bamako.A previous toll from Wednesday's attack had put the number of dead at 60 with 115 injured.The assault targeted a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia who are signatories to a 2015 peace accord struck with the government.President Keita has ordered three days of national mourning.The attack, Mali's worst in years, was claimed by the ...

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Army mutiny exposes cracks in Ivory Coast success story ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has seduced foreign investors with his single-minded focus on economic reform and growth but entrenched problems within the security forces threaten to undermine a much-lauded recovery. Split from 2002 to 2011 between rebels in the north and government forces in the south, Ivory Coast has since become one of the world's fastest growing economies and is regularly cited as a model of post-conflict renewal. But that narrative was dealt ...

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Ivory Coast president calls for talks with security services ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara ordered his defence minister and the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Wednesday to hold talks with members of the security forces to discuss grievances in a bid to end two weeks of unrest. "The President of the Republic asks all soldiers, gendarmes, police, customs officers, forestry service agents and prison guards to facilitate the return of calm," government spokesman Bruno Kone said following a cabinet meeting.Copyright ...

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Morocco parliament elects speaker in absence of new govt RABAT: Morocco's parliament elected a new speaker on Monday, three months after elections that left the country, which aims to rejoin the African Union, without a government.Sole candidate Habib el-Malki, a leftist economist who has held several ministerial posts, mustered 198 votes in the 395-seat house, in a plenary session broadcast live online.King Mohammed VI has called on parliament to ratify laws by Friday to clear the way for Morocco's return to the African Union ...

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Mali urges Gambia's leader to avoid 'bloodbath' and step down BAMAKO: Mali's president called Saturday for Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down and avoid an unnecessary "bloodbath" by clinging to power and forcing a potential military intervention.The Gambia's political crisis dominated a summit co-organised by Mali and France as Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow made a surprise appearance to meet with west African leaders seeking their help to end the impasse."On January 19, I dare to hope that African wisdom will convince our brother (Jammeh) ...

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Spanish court reopens probe into drowning of 15 migrants MADRID: A Spanish court has reopened a probe into the drowning of 15 migrants as they tried to swim from Morocco to Spain's North African territory of Ceuta while police in riot gear tried to stop them.An appeals court in Ceuta said it had admitted an appeal against the closure of the investigation filed by three human rights groups and several migrants, in a ruling issued Thursday which was obtained by AFP.Some 250 migrants tried ...

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AU asks Gambian President Jammeh to step down NAIROBI: The African Union (AU) Friday urged Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to respect last month's election results and quit power peacefully, warning of "serious consequences" if his actions cause a crisis.The AU's Peace and Security Council said "as of 19 January 2017, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh will cease to be recognised by the AU as legitimate President of the Republic of The Gambia".Jammeh conceded defeat immediately after the December 1 poll but soon afterwards issued ...