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French president in Niger to support military forces

By: Richelle HARRISON PLESSE

French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Niger to show support for the international troops fighting jihadists in the restive Sahel desert as part of Operation Barkhane. Also, breathing new life into discarded, everyday objects, we meet Malian designer Cheick Diallo, whose unique creations are taking the contemporary art world by storm. And, from a disputed presidential vote re-run in Kenya, to a power grab in Zimbabwe ending 33 years of Mugabe rule, we recap the African stories of the year.

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French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Niger to show support for the international troops fighting jihadists in the restive Sahel desert as part of Operation Barkhane. The trip should spread some holiday cheer with the help of the chef from the Elysée Palace to whip up an early Christmas feast.

Also, breathing new life into discarded, everyday objects - and transforming them into works of art, we meet Malian designer Cheick Diallo, whose unique creations are taking the contemporary art world by storm.

And, from a disputed presidential vote re-run in Kenya, to a power grab in Zimbabwe ending 33 years of Mugabe rule, we recap the African stories that hit the headlines in 2017.

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