Japan Offers New Aid to Mali, Sahel Region

Japan is offering $120 million in new aid to help counter the influence of Islamists in Mali and to stabilize the Sahel region of Africa.

The foreign ministry Tuesday said part of the aid would reinforce the African-led International Support Mission (AFISMA), the U.N.-backed multi-national military operation helping to wrest control of northern Mali from Islamist rebels.

It also said the assistance would help strengthen governance, promote security and reduce poverty in the Sahel, a …