Brothers in arms: African and French armies join forces in fight against jihadism in the Sahel | AFP

In the border zone between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, French and Burkinabe soldiers march in step. Named Bourgou IV, their mission was the first official joint ground operation between the French army and the so-called G5 Sahel force, which pools troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Their goal: assert control over an area where no troops had set foot for over a year. It is in this “three borders” area that 13 French soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter accident on Monday.

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‘Operation Barkhane’ thwarting “terrorists” in the Sahel desert

A new French military base is under construction in east-central Mali. “These border areas are obviously the places most sought after by terrorists to carry out their actions,” said General Frederic Blachon, commander of Operation Barkhane, France’s 4,500-strong anti-jihadist force which is headquartered in Chad but operates across the Sahel region.

Cameroon: 187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

Some 187 Cameroonian former members of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram voluntarily return to their country from Nigeria. They were taken to the base of the Multinational Joint Task Force, set up by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

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In Chad, forced marriage still a major worry for young girls

Two years on from a renowned case over the rape of a young girl, the Chadian justice system is still weak when it comes to punishing the perpetrators of violence against women. This is evidenced by the case of Hawariya, 16, who is preparing for an appeal trial on Wednesday against her husband, found not guilty of having kidnapped her.

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Rex Tillerson meets AU Commission Chairperson in Addis Ababa

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa, the first stop of his tour of the continent. Tillerson will also be visiting Kenya, Djibouti, Chad and Nigeria as part of his tour on the continent. IMAGES

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G5 Sahel summit at Celle-Saint-Cloud in France

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts five African presidents in Celle-Saint-Cloud outside Paris on Wednesday, hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe. Two years in the planning, the force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in a desert region plagued by extremism where France is currently leading counterterrorism operations. IMAGES roundtable

Fledgling ‘G5’ force ventures into Sahel hotspots

A new military force called the “G5 Sahel” has begun its fight jihadists and armed groups in Mali. The international coalition, which includes Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad, is supported by French forces. The region has long been an area where jihadists and other armed groups can operate easily thanks to its wide open desert and porous borders.

VICE News Daily: Colombia Seizes Cocaine Disguised as Printer Toner

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Spain catches migrants from Morocco, Senegal tries a former dictator, Colombia and Mexico make a joint drug bust, and America hosts a major multinational naval exercise.

SPAIN
Migrants Found in Carnival Trucks
More than 60% of refugees enter the country through north African enclaves such as Melilla.

SENEGAL
Chad’s Former Leader Faces Trial For War Crimes
It’s the first time one African country has tried the leader of another.

COLOMBIA
Cocaine Found on Flight to Mexico
Police seized 48 boxes of drugs disguised as printer toner.

U.S.A.
International Force Holds Amphibious Exercises
Operation Dawn Blitz is one of the biggest naval drills in the world.

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Beheadings and Destruction (Excerpt from ‘Chad’s Fight Against Boko Haram’)

Boko Haram’s terror has spread beyond Nigeria’s borders. In mid-June the recently declared Islamic State-affiliate staged two suicide attacks in the Chadian capital N’djamena, killing 23 people. The expanding threat posed by the militant group was answered earlier this year by a regional coalition of forces from Chad, Niger, and Cameroon who agreed to assist Nigeria’s own beleaguered army.

Chad’s contingent of 5,000 soldiers has advanced the furthest into Nigeria. One of the most experienced fighting forces in the region, Chad says they’ve killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants while losing few of their own troops.

Meanwhile, thousands of refugees and displaced people have sought shelter in Chad’s Lake Region, which houses some of most destitute communities in one of the poorest countries in the world.

In this excerpt from ‘Chad’s Fight Against Boko Haram,’ VICE News is shown graphic cellphone footage of beheadings carried out by Boko Haram, seized by the Chadian army during operations in Nigeria.

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Fleeing to Rwanda: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 1)

Over 150,000 people have fled the small Eastern African nation of Burundi since political strife, intimidation, and unrest have plagued the country in recent months. Many of those migrants have sought refuge in neighboring Rwanda. Nearly 30,000 civilians are now living in Mahama refugee camp, one of the largest UNHCR camps built since the crisis began in April 2015.

A large number of activists, journalists, politicians, and opposition leaders have also fled Burundi for their own personal safety, settling in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

VICE News stops through Rwanda en route to Burundi and speaks with young men at Mahama camp and an activist in Kigali about what life is like amid the current political crisis.

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Chad’s Fight Against Boko Haram

Boko Haram’s terror has spread beyond Nigeria’s borders. In mid-June the recently declared Islamic State-affiliate staged two suicide attacks in the Chadian capital N’djamena, killing 23 people. The expanding threat posed by the militant group was answered earlier this year by a regional coalition of forces from Chad, Niger, and Cameroon who agreed to assist Nigeria’s own beleaguered army.

Chad’s contingent of 5,000 soldiers has advanced the furthest into Nigeria. One of the most experienced fighting forces in the region, Chad says they’ve killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants while losing few of their own troops.

Meanwhile, thousands of refugees and displaced people have sought shelter in Chad’s Lake Region, which houses some of most destitute communities in one of the poorest countries in the world.

VICE News reported from across the region, speaking to soldiers and refugees.

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Chad’s Fight Against Boko Haram (Trailer)

Boko Haram’s terror has spread beyond Nigeria’s borders. In mid-June the recently declared Islamic State-affiliate staged two suicide attacks in the Chadian capital N’djamena, killing 23 people. The expanding threat posed by the militant group was answered earlier this year by a regional coalition of forces from Chad, Niger, and Cameroon who agreed to assist Nigeria’s own beleaguered army.

Chad’s contingent of 5,000 soldiers has advanced the furthest into Nigeria. One of the most experienced fighting forces in the region, Chad says they’ve killed hundreds of Boko Haram militants while losing few of their own troops.

Meanwhile, thousands of refugees and displaced people have sought shelter in Chad’s Lake Region, which houses some of most destitute communities in one of the poorest countries in the world.

VICE News reported from across the region, speaking to soldiers and refugees.

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Read “Explosion Kills 11 in Chad’s Capital During Anti-Terrorism Operation” – http://bit.ly/1LSFyr6

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Soldiers Liberate Nigerian Town from Boko Haram: VICE News Capsule, March 20

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Troops from Chad and Niger retake town from Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, rights groups don’t want the UN funding Iran’s counter-narcotics programs as long as it punishes drug crimes with the death penalty, French parliament could make it illegal to hire models with eating disorders, and Brazilian scientists solve a fungal mystery.

NIGERIA
Chad and Niger Troops Retake Town from Boko Haram
Some 200 militants died in fighting during the 10-day offensive in Damasak, and residents have been told it’s safe to return.

IRAN
UN Funds Anti-Drug Efforts Despite Capital Punishment
Rights groups say the death penalty does nothing to curb addiction and trafficking. They’re urging the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to stop providing aid so long as capital punishment is part of Tehran’s strategy.

FRANCE
Parliament Considers Modeling Weight Restrictions to Battle Anorexia
A health bill could include language that makes it illegal to hire women and girls who have eating disorders. It could also target websites that glorify “excessive thinness”.

SCIENCE
Researchers Explain Why Certain Mushrooms are Truly Magical
Seventy-one species of fungi emit light to attract insects that can help them colonize new habitats.

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Pakistani Taliban Attacks Peshawar Mosque: VICE News Capsule, February 16

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Taliban militants kill at least 20 at a mosque in northwest Pakistan, Boko Haram carries out first attack in Chad, Indian slum dwellers protest against the demolition of their makeshift homes in Delhi, and Libyan schoolchildren learn first aid as fighting rages on in Benghazi.

PAKISTAN
Cell Phone Video Captures Taliban Attack on Mosque
At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured during Friday prayers.

CHAD
Several Dead Following First Boko Haram Attack
A fishing village was torched, and at least five people are dead.

INDIA
Delhi Slum Dwellers Rally Over Shanty Demolition
They protested outside the residence of Delhi’s newly elected chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

LIBYA (Libya: A Broken State)
Benghazi School Teaches Children First Aid Amid Ongoing Fighting
Elementary school re-opens to keep students focused on learning new skills, including ones that could save lives.

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Drought Forces Carnival Cancellations Across Brazil: VICE News Capsule, February 5

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Chad’s military claims it killed some 200 Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria, Mexico deported a record number of Central American women and children last year, Japan’s biggest bank will deploy robots to greet customers, and drought forces some Brazilian towns and cities to cancel upcoming Carnival festivities.

NIGERIA
Chadian Troops Clash With Boko Haram Militants
The African Union has authorized a 7,500-strong force to battle the extremist group.

MEXICO
Record Deportations of Central American Women and Children
The measures are attributed to pressure from the U.S. to stem the flow of migrants trying to reach the border.

JAPAN
Tokyo Banks to Deploy Robots to Greet Customers
Equipped with a camera, the NAO humanoid can speak 19 languages, analyze facial expressions and behavior.

BRAZIL
Drought Forces Cities to Cancel Carnival Festivities
​Rio de Janeiro, which puts on the most famous version of the annual parade, will make modifications to avoid wasting water.​

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 02 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: pro-democracy march held in Hong Kong, UN warns of food shortages for refugees in Chad, Amnesty International slams Lebanon over ‘discriminatory’ policy toward Palestinian refugees, and study reveals rapid acceleration of Indonesia’s deforestation.

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HONG KONG
Activists Organize Massive Pro-Democracy Rally
Hundreds of thousands turn out days after an unofficial referendum on voting rights.

CHAD
UN Warns of Significant Food Shortages for Displaced
Agencies blame a lack of funding and security and logistical challenges.

LEBANON
Report Details Leaked Refugee Policy
Amnesty International cites a ‘blatantly discriminatory’ restrictions on Palestinians trying to enter from Syria.

INDONESIA
Moratorium Hasn’t Curbed Deforestation
Between 2000 and 2012, the country lost a forest area nearly the size of Ireland.

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