Malian and French troops entered the central Malian town of Diabaly this morning in the latest stage of their offensive against Islamist forces in the north. According to reports, the Islamist militants who had been controlling the strategic town fled the town putting up no resistance. When France’s intervention began, over a week ago, authorities insisted it would be short, but there are suggestions it could last longer, with the French defence minister saying “the goal is total reconquest”.
The death toll from the siege of a gas plant in Algeria has risen to at least 48 hostages. Militants captured the base on Wednesday demanding an end to France’s airstrikes in Mali. Following an attack on the fighters by Algerian military many were killed including several American, British, French, Japanese, Norwegian and Romanian workers.
Today the 20th African Union summit begins in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance’. African governments will discuss issues facing the continent, with heads of states scheduled to meet on 27-28 January.
Below are a few highlights from the past week:
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|Africa's Challenges for 2013|
|Funding the Future: Getting Pharmaceuticals to Tackle Disease in Africa|
|Zimbabwe's Forgotten Generation|
|Investing in Africa: Is Brazil the New China?|
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The Team at Think Africa Press