Wednesday, 12 Aug 2020

Ivory Coast Reinforces Northern Borders Against Islamist Threat

Ivory Coast Reinforces Northern Borders Against Islamist Threat

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Ivory Coast is deploying more troops to its northern borders after recording its first Islamist attack since 2016.

This “operational zone will allow us to move from border surveillance” to be in a position to defend the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, government spokesman Sidi Toure told reporters following a cabinet meeting Monday.

The country wants “to prevent any infiltration” after militants attacked an army post at the Burkinabe border on June 11, killing 12 security officers, he said.

This was the first Islamist attack on Ivorian soil since the raid of a beach resort in Grand-Bassam left 19 people dead. There has been growing concern that insurgents have been moving further south since groups affiliated to al-Qaeda occupied urban centers in northern Mali in 2012. The world’s top cocoa grower had been largely spared from the violence which spilled over to several other countries in the region.

Amazon Develops Smart Shopping Cart for Cashierless Checkout

Amazon.com Inc. has developed a smart shopping cart that will ring up purchases and let consumers check out more speedily.

Equipped with a flat screen, the Dash Cart will debut at a new kind of supermarket Amazon is opening later this year in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the company said Tuesday.

The e-commerce giant has been trying to stand out in the competitive physical retail market, most notably with its Amazon Go convenience stores that automate the checkout process.

Computer vision and sensors will identify items placed in the cart, and shoppers will exit the store through a special lane that can identify the cart and process payment, the Seattle-based company said in an e-mail.

Photos of the Woodland Hills store and planning documents seen by Bloomberg appear to show a conventional supermarket layout, with space for a pickup-and-returns counter.

The Verge reported on the cart earlier.

— With assistance by Matt Day

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    Ivory Coast Reinforces Northern Borders Against Islamist Threat

    Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on Twitter

    Ivory Coast is deploying more troops to its northern borders after recording its first Islamist attack since 2016.

    This “operational zone will allow us to move from border surveillance” to be in a position to defend the borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, government spokesman Sidi Toure told reporters following a cabinet meeting Monday.

    The country wants “to prevent any infiltration” after militants attacked an army post at the Burkinabe border on June 11, killing 12 security officers, he said.

    This was the first Islamist attack on Ivorian soil since the raid of a beach resort in Grand-Bassam left 19 people dead. There has been growing concern that insurgents have been moving further south since groups affiliated to al-Qaeda occupied urban centers in northern Mali in 2012. The world’s top cocoa grower had been largely spared from the violence which spilled over to several other countries in the region.

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