Mali releases three Ivorian soldiers; 46 still detained | Military News

Arrest of the Ivorian soldiers in Mali’s capital in July sparked a diplomatic spat between the West African neighbours. Three women among the 49 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali have been released. The women arrived home late on Saturday about seven weeks after their arrests sparked a diplomatic spat between military-ruled Mali and the Ivory … Read more

Guinea to keep timetable for AFCON 2025 football tournament | Football News

Guinea was originally scheduled to host the continental tournament in 2023 but the list of host nations was reshuffled in 2018. Guinea’s military government has told a Confederation of African Football (CAF) mission that it will meet the timetable for staging the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). CAF has sent a team to the … Read more

Ivory Coast supplies the world with cocoa. Now it wants some for itself

The worker carefully peeled the husks from the cocoa beans to keep them from breaking, then tipped them into a metal tray that a colleague slid into an oven. The aroma of roasting beans filled the small shop in this seaside town, where the worker, MarieFrance Kozororeadied the next batch for its journey to becoming … Read more

Ivory Coast president pardons predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo | Politics News

Alassane Ouattara says he pardoned his longtime rival to boost ‘social cohesion’ in Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has pardoned his predecessor and longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo, as part of a reconciliation drive ahead of elections in 2025. Ouattara made the announcement in a televised address on Saturday, a day ahead of Ivory … Read more

Heavy gunfire heard at main Mali military base

KATI: Heavy gunfire was heard early on Friday at the main military base outside Mali’s capital Bamako before easing after about an hour, a Reuters reporter said. Helicopters could be heard circling above the base in the town of Kati, where mutinies in 2012 and 2020 led to successful coups, after the gunfire, which began … Read more

Ivory Coast asks Mali to release 49 soldiers arrested in Bamako | United Nations News

Ivory Coast says its men are part of a security support deal signed with the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in 2019. Ivory Coast has demanded the release of 49 of its soldiers arrested in Mali, an incident that may worsen tensions between Mali’s military rulers and other West African mid efforts to quell activity … Read more

Mane, Salah on 10-man list for African Footballer of the Year | Football News

There has been no award since 2019 because of COVID-19 and the decision to switch the usual qualification period. Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane heads a list of 10 nominees for the African Footballer of the Year award, to be handed out later this month for the first time in three years, the Confederation of African … Read more

Burkina Faso’s ousted ex-President Compaore returns for summit | Al-Qaeda News

The country’s military government has invited former leaders to take part in a reconciliation summit in the capital. Burkina Faso’s ex-President Blaise Compaore has returned from exile almost eight years after he was toppled in an uprising, to meet interim President Paul-Henri Damiba and other former leaders. Compaore, 71, returned home on Thursday despite being … Read more