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NEW YORK – A dozen Senegalese arrested for selling counterfeit items

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On the evening of Wednesday, September 06, 2023, a muscular intervention by the New York police led to the arrest of a dozen Senegalese nationals, mainly street vendors. Reportedly, the police operation was triggered by the sale of counterfeit items, an illegal activity in the United States.

The US authorities also seized the subject goods, while legal proceedings were instituted against those involved. According to sources, the sale of counterfeit items is strictly prohibited in the United States, and the U.S. authorities take the suppression of this activity seriously.

However, this incident has elicited varying reactions from the Senegalese community in New York, with some expressing concern about the fate of those arrested, while others stress the need to respect local laws.

At this point, the New York police have not yet officially communicated on this case, and the exact circumstances of the police intervention remain to be clarified.

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NIGER – United States repositions its troops

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The United States began “as a precaution” to reposition its troops in Niger, the scene of a coup in late July, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, September 07, 2023.

The Department of Defense is “repositioning some of its personnel and assets from Air Base 101 in Niamey (the capital, ed.) to Air Base 201 in Agadez”, further north, a spokesman, Sabrina Singh, told the press.

“There is no immediate threat to our staff or violence on the ground,” she added, calling the decision a “precautionary measure”. Singh also said that “some non-essential staff and subcontractors” had left the country several weeks ago.

Soldiers toppled the President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, on 26 July and placed him and his family under house arrest at the presidential palace. The United States has some 1,100 soldiers stationed in Niger, operating against active jihadist groups.

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CANARY ISLANDS – 83 people aboard rescue canoe and 2 lifeless bodies discovered

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3 people aboard a canoe were rescued by the ship Guardamar Calìope. Two (2) lifeless bodies, one male and one female, were discovered upon arrival in the Canary Islands.

With a cut and a design more or less identical to those of a Senegalese boat, the boat was spotted in the south of Maspalomas. According to the rescue team, they arrived in Arguineguin at 5:05am in the Canary Islands on 25 July 2023.

As a reminder, at least 14 lifeless bodies were found after a pirogue capsized overnight from Sunday to Monday, July 24, 2023 off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, said Samba Kandji, deputy mayor of the Ouakam district and a source of the gendarmerie.

‘They are migrants a priori,’ said Mr Kandji. Gendarmes and firefighters are on the beach of Ouakam, a district of the Senegalese capital, and continue Monday morning rescue operations in search of other bodies.

“The navy forced the boat to dock and people fled. I was told 14 (dead) but then two bodies came out. It can be assumed that there were 16” deaths, Kandji said a few minutes later.

A wooden boat, on which migrants were found, according to several witnesses on the beach, floats on the water near the bank.

A firefighter assured anonymously that search operations had begun at 01:00 hours.

The migratory route of the Canary Islands, a gateway to Europe in the Atlantic Ocean, has seen a marked increase in activity in recent weeks from the coasts of northwestern Africa.

Several tragedies have been recorded in the last two weeks. At least 13 migrants from around Dakar died in the sinking of their boat about a week ago off the coast of Morocco. Another boat capsized in Saint-Louis, in northern Senegal, killing at least 14 people.

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MALI – US sanctions three senior officials for facilitating Wagner’s expansion

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On July 24, 2023, the US Department of the Treasury sanctioned three Malian military and transitional government officials, including Defense Minister Sadio Camara, “for facilitating the deployment and expansion of the private military company Wagner in Mali.”

Washington sanctioned three senior Malian officials on July 24, 2023 for helping Wagner deploy in Mali: the current Defense Minister Sadio Camara, General Alou Boi Diarra, head of the air force and his deputy, Colonel Adama Bagayoko.

These three high-ranking Malians are therefore being imposed economic sanctions by the US Treasury. Individual sanctions, “not directed at the Malian people,” says U.S. Treasury

In concrete terms, the three Bamako officials will have their possible assets in the United States frozen and are prohibited from carrying out transactions with any American persons or companies.

For Washington, these three officers facilitated Wagner’s “rooting” in Mali, both outside their country, through a cooperation agreement with the paramilitary society. Negotiated during travel to Russia in 2021 and 2022.

Its main architect would be Colonel Camara, the current Minister of Defence and pillar of Transition. Other advanced information about the latter: he is, according to Washington, a French citizen.

The United States also points to the support provided to the mercenaries, this time directly on Malian soil: material, logistic, but also economic support. By allowing the exploitation of gold in particular, the three Bamako officials have for the American Treasury, “paved the way” to the plunder «of sovereign resources» and to «human rights violations».

Two months earlier, another pillar of the Wagner system in Mali had been sanctioned by the US Treasury: Russian Ivan Maslov, Evguéni Prigojine’s relay in Bamako.

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