Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mali, where French and Malian troops say they have killed or captured 30 jihadists as part of the anti-insurgent offensive, Operation Barkhane. And we stay in Mali, which has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production but were very little of its own “White Gold” is processed for further use. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad

AP Interview: In Africa to promote women’s economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump says the White House should be judged by its actions, and says her father would be inspired if he visits. (April 17)

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French, Mali troops kill, capture 30 jihadists in African Sahel

Troops from France’s 126th regiment in Briva-la-Gaillarde “killed or captured 30 jihadists” during a four-month tour of duty in central and eastern Mali as part of Operation Barkhane, the French-led anti-insurgent offensive launched in 2014 aimed at combatting the jihadist threat in Africa’s Sahel region.

10th edition of Festigraff graffiti festival opens in Dakar

The tenth edition of the Festigraff graffiti festival opens in the Senegalese capital. Lasting for a week, the festival will feature work by graffiti artists from across Africa and Europe, as well as film screenings, concerts and debates about graffiti in Africa and beyond.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on a base in eastern Mali, set up for soldiers joining ‘Operation Barkhane’ in the Sahel desert and we travel to South Sudan where a lull in fighting has led scores of displaced people to cautiously return home.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Benin looks to cash in on Cashew waste

Benin is one of Africa’s main cashew producers and has seen a haul of 100,000 tonnes in the last two seasons. Until now only a small percentage of the entire fruit – the edible part – was put to use, with almost 80% of the cashew being thrown away. But now, Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) made from a by-product of the hard shell is being processed for use in industrial products as a more natural alternative.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet some of the Rwandans working tirelessly for reconciliation, 25 years after the country’s genocide, and we travel to a camp in Rwanda where former militiamen who took part in the killings have returned after years in exile. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Ice-fishing lovers gather on planet’s deepest lake, Baikal

Every year, more than a thousand fishing enthusiasts from Europe, Asia and even Africa meet on the thick ice of Baikal in Siberia to compete on the frozen banks of the world’s deepest lake, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the record was broken with 1,400 participants in 350 teams.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Rwanda to hear the stories of people torn apart by the 1994 genocide and their slow and painful journey to reconciliation. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Mozambicans try to move forward after deadly cyclone

Despite more rain over the last few days, Mozambicans are trying to pick up the pieces after deadly Cyclone Idai struck a week ago. The powerful tropical cyclone killed more than 700 people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe after sweeping through southern Africa.