North Africa and the Sahel

Stories under this heading cover North Africa and the Sahel. North Africa is a region encompassing the northern portion of the African continent. It stretches from the Atlantic shores of Mauritania to Egypt's Suez Canal and the Red Sea. The Sahel spans from the eastern shores of the African continent, starting from Sudan and continuing up to the Atlantic shores of Mauritania and Senegal.

First shipment of Russian fertiliser en route to Africa

The first Russian shipment of fertiliser left the Dutch port of Terneuzen on Tuesday (29 November) after days of negotiating to ensure it would not be snagged by Western sanctions. The ship was commissioned by the UN’s food security agency, the World Food Programme, and the cargo is part of some 260,000 tonnes of Russian fertiliser stored in European ports.

patrickn97 Thu, 12/01/2022 - 07:18 EU and Egypt sign memorandum of understanding on renewable hydrogen cooperation

The European Union and Egypt have taken a further step to boost their long-term cooperation on the clean energy transition by establishing a strategic partnership on renewable hydrogen and preparing the ground for a just energy transition in Egypt. Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt's Minister for Petroleum Tarek El Molla and Minister for Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohammed Shaker El-Markabi at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Migrants die as they try to force their way into the Spanish enclave of Melilla

At least 23 migrants died, and others were injured on Friday, 24 June, when a huge crowd tried to cross into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla.

Moroccan authorities said some of those who died had fallen from the top of a border fence as they attempted to breach the fence into the Melilla enclave.

dennis2020 Wed, 06/29/2022 - 05:05
Tunisian judges start week-long strike saying judicial system is under threat

On Monday (6 June), the Tunisian Association of Judges called a week-long nationwide strike after President Kaïs Saïed sacked 57 judges last Wednesday. The president justified his initiative claiming the need to clean up the judicial sector of all forms of corruption.

dennis2020 Mon, 06/06/2022 - 15:35
President of Guinea-Bissau dissolves parliament and calls early elections, but opposition cries foul

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, on Monday, 16 May, dissolved parliament and called early legislative elections for December 2022.

The political opposition, including the minority party in parliament, Union for Change, condemned Embalo's decision and insisted that it would not accept it.

dennis2020 Mon, 05/23/2022 - 17:46
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Russia steps up its support for the military government of Mali

Russia steps up its support for the military government of Mali

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday (20 May) received in Moscow his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop with promises of Russian support for the the Malian military government across a range of areas, including defence, security and energy. Lavrov speaking at a press conference with Diop accused France of trying to dictate to Mali who they can or cannot communicate with. "This is unacceptable and does not make the French Republic or French manners look good", the Russian foreign minister said. The meeting came on the same day that the German parliament agreed on a reconfiguration of its military contingent in Mali.
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That other European border

That other European border

The Spanish Interior Minister announced on Thursday, 12 May, that Madrid and Rabat have decided to reopen the borders between Morocco and the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in the next few days, after two years of closure. The enclaves, on the African continent, are surrounded by the sea, and by Moroccan territory. The reopening of the only two land borders of the European Union on the African continent will be done gradually and will initially concern the nationals of countries belonging to the Schengen area, according to the Spanish Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska. Workers from border regions  will then be able to cross the border freely from 31 May 2022.
West African countries agree on climate strategy

West African countries have come together and made the fight against climate change a common challenge. A common strategy for the year 2030 was therefore set by the eleven member countries of ECOWAS - the Economic Community of West African States - on 30 April 2020.

dennis2020 Fri, 05/06/2022 - 16:24
UN calls for more resources to support Niger's fight against terrorism in the Sahel

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the international community to invest in helping Niger's army in its fight against terrorism. Gutteres was peaking after his meeting with Niger's president on Monday, 2 May,

dennis2020 Thu, 05/05/2022 - 10:38