Airbus Group NV Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders said he’s frustrated by Turkey’s failure to accept delivery of the third production A400M airlifter, even though two planes are flying successfully with French forces.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., the world’s third-biggest producer of the metal, said its Yatela and Sadiola mines in Mali were operating normally even as about 2,000 workers employed by contractors started a strike.
As Ali Aboubacar Maiga sold red onions and potatoes in the northern Malian town of Gao, he shook his head at France’s decision to start withdrawing soldiers a year after they routed al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants.
Germany and France will “definitely talk about” about expanding joint defense projects, such as security in Africa and procurement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says in weekly podcast. * Merkel comments on potential topics for joint meeting of German and French cabinets in Paris on Feb. 19. * Cites increase in German soldiers in training mission in Mali * “We will definitely talk about how we can cooperate even more closely on these matters:” Merkel in weekend podcast * Says Relations with Hollande “continue to develop” * NOTE: German Defense Chief on Africa Tour Signals More Active Presence NSN N0KQWS6S972J <GO> * NOTE: Hollande Seeks Franco-German Alliance as Energy Policies Shift NSN MZEWUP6JIJVK <GO>
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited troops in Mali during a two-day tour of Africa as she signaled a more active military role of Europe’s largest economy in international peacekeeping missions.
Groupe Azalai Hotels will invest as much as $165 million during the next four years to expand in West Africa to capture rising demand from business travel, Chief Executive Officer Mossadeck Bally said.
The U.S. is collecting greater intelligence on militant networks and their movements in Africa compared with a year ago, using both surveillance satellites and drones as well as spies, Army General David Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Africa Command said.