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EU, OIF Take Steps Against Mali’s Military Junta

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Mali: Former Defence Minister Named Interim Leader

Mali has been suspended by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) following last week’s overthrow by the military.

The decision, by the body that represents countries where people speak French, comes days after the regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also suspended Mali from its membership. ECOWAS had held unsuccessful talks with the military junta over a return to democratic rule.

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On Wednesday, the European Union has also temporarily suspended its training missions in Mali after the military coup that removed president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power.

EU officials said, the two missions, training Mali’s army and police as part of international efforts to stabilize Mali and extend the state’s authority have been frozen because they were designed to support “the legitimate national authorities.

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The coup leaders have said they were not interested in holding power and would hold fresh elections within a “reasonable time”.

A demand by African heads of state to reinstate former president Ibrahim Keïta is now off the table after he withdrew interest to return as leader.

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West African mediators and Mali’s coup leaders are discussing the possibility of a transitional government.

EU training will continue in neighbouring Niger and Burkina Faso, officials said.

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Mali: Former Defence Minister Named Interim President

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Mali: Former Defence Minister Named Interim Leader

After weeks of intense pressure from West African leaders urging Mali’s junta to return power to civilians following the coup that overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta more than a month ago, Malian former defense minister Bah Ndaw has on Monday been appointed interim president while coup leader Colonel Assimi Goita will serve as his deputy.

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State televison announced that Ndaw, a retired colonel-major who served as Keïta’s defence minister has been appointed as interim leader.

Last week, west African leaders after a meeting with Mali’s ruling junta in Ghana insisted that a civilian be appointed interim president, while signalling that they would accept a soldier as deputy leader, during an 18-month-long transition that would end with elections.

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Botswana Authorities Identify Cause Of Mysterious Elephant Deaths

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Botswana Authorities Identify Cause Of Mysterious Elephant Deaths

An investigation into the deaths of more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year has revealed that toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria caused the deaths of the elephants.

Officials in the country said the deaths in the Okavango Delta which had baffled and alarmed conservationists the cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil.

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Speaking at a news conference, the deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Cyril Taolo said the number of elephant carcasses found since deaths were first reported around early May had risen to 330, from 281 in July.

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According to report by Reuters news agency Taolo said “what we just know at this point is that it’s a toxin caused by cyanobacteria,” adding that the specific type of neurotoxin had yet to be established.

Also, the department’s principal veterinary officer Mmadi Reuben told the same news conference that questions remained as to why only elephants had been affected.

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Other animals in the Okavango Panhandle region appeared unharmed.

The southern African country has the world’s largest elephant population, estimated at 130,000.

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

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Mauritania: Floods From Heavy Rains In Nouakchott

Mauritania is experiencing floods following heavy rains on Sunday. Residents of several neighborhoods in the nation`s capital, Nouakchott, found their feet in the water after a rare rain.

Some residents were stuck in their neighborhood as streets and houses were submerged. Driving was impossible in some neighborhoods whose level is one meter below that of the sea. Pumps were activated during the night to empty the streets.

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Authorities say, Mauritania has accumulated a rainfall above average for a rainy season- or wintering this year.

Twelve days ago, president Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani visited two cities in far southeast, where people had been badly affected by floods that destroyed homes.

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The president said he was setting up an emergency response unit, promised to repair the protective barrier of the city of Bassiknou and the construction of a road to open up Addel Begrou.

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Several west African countries are currently been affected by floods, including Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and some part of Nigeria. Dozens of deaths have been recorded.

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