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Macron calls for greater ‘political clarity’ from Sahel allies
Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP |  President Emmanuel Macron called for greater “political clarity” from Sahel countries hosting French troops fighting Islamist militants on Saturday, as he visited the troubled African region amid criticism of the former colonial power’s role. Macron...
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France’s Macron to mark Xmas with troops on Africa visit
Abidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP  In keeping with tradition, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday will celebrate Christmas with French soldiers posted abroad, travelling this year to Ivory Coast as Paris seeks to strengthen regional ties against Islamist militants. Far from protest stri...
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IS claims responsibility for Niger attack which killed 71: SITE
Niamey, Niger | AFP | The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an army camp in Niger which left 71 military personnel dead, the SITE intelligence group said Thursday. Hundreds of jihadists attacked the camp, near the border with Mali with shells and mor...
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As strike drags on, French government to unveil pension plan details
Paris, France | AFP | The French government will unveil the details of a pension reform plan Wednesday that has already seen workers down tools in anticipation, crippling transport for a week as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in protest. A speedy resolution appears unl...
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UK PM denies dodging Trump in pre-election NATO trip
Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied on Wednesday he was avoiding being pictured with Donald Trump ahead of a UK election next week, as footage emerged of other leaders mocking the US president. Johnson met Trump away from the cameras on Tue...
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Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel loyalist, favoured by Macron
Brussels, Belgium | AFP |  Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, who takes the reins of the European Commission on Sunday, is a loyal confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel whom she served as defence minister for six difficult years. The political blue-blood, medical doctor and mother-...
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