Greece Plans to Reopen Embassy in Tripoli

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is set to make an official visit to Libya on Monday. Some reports suggest that the Greek government plans to reopen its embassy in Tripoli and rebuild diplomatic ties with Libya.

Greece closed its embassy in July 2014 after violent clashes and civil unrest rocked the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan forces face deadly IS defense in Sirte holdout

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Libyan forces faced fierce resistance on Saturday from Islamic State militants defending a final strip of land in their former stronghold of Sirte, losing at least five men, officials said.

Forces led by fighters from the city of Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have taken all but a few dozen houses near Sirte’s Mediterranean seafront since they began their campaign to recapture the city in May. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt upholds Morsi’s 20-year prison sentence

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAn Egyptian appeals court has upheld a 20-year sentence for the deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

Saturday’s ruling is the first final verdict against Morsi on charges arising from the killing of protesters during anti-government demonstrations in 2012.

London-based Amnesty International has denounced the initial trial as a “travesty of justice”. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian FM, Kerry to discuss regional issues

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Washington on Tuesday to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on bilateral relations and several regional issues, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The visit will aim at strengthening the Egypt-U.S. relations and stress the importance of achieving the Egyptian-U.S. common interests, particularly during the coming period as the U.S. transitions to the new administration,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in the statement. Read the rest of this entry »

4 militants surrender to security authorities in southern Algeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algerian Defense Ministry said Sunday that four armed militants surrendered to security authorities in the southern part of In Amenas near the Libyan border.

“Following the considerable counterterrorism efforts of the People’s National Army, four terrorists surrendered on Sunday to security authorities in the border area of Tarat, the military operation sector of In Amenas,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisian-Algerian Joint military exercises off Tabarka

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The Tunisian and Algerian armed forces conducted joint military exercises off Tabarka from November 22 to 28, baptised “Morjane 2016″, announced Monday the National Defence Ministry.

In a statement, the department said that these manoeuvres are part of the joint training of the Tunisian and Algerian navies to face the possible Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt foreign ministry denies troops deployed in Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Egypt on Sunday denied Arab media reports claiming that it had a military presence in Syria, days after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his support for the Syrian army.

“These claims only exist in the imagination of those who promote them,” the foreign ministry said in the statement.

On Thursday, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir said that 18 Egyptian air force pilots had been deployed on a military base in the Syrian central province of Hama. Read the rest of this entry »

UN chief demands immediate end to CAR violence

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgUnited Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned recent clashes between members of the former Seleka rebellion in the Central African Republic, urging armed groups to immediately end the violence.

These clashes between armed groups from ex-Seleka in Bria, northeast of Bangui, killed 85 people and displaced nearly 11 000 people, according to the UN. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan forces resume advance in Sirte

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgLibyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Daesh militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms.

Backed by US air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the militants to a small patch of land near Sirte’s Mediterranean seafront after a campaign of more than six months. Read the rest of this entry »

Algeria renews its call to Libyan people to address crisis through dialogue and national interest

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Algeria has renewed its call to the Libyan people to set on the inclusive negotiations table, and adopt national reconciliation to transcend its crisis. This came in the speech of the Algerian Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt reiterates Support for Haftar and Libyan National Army

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgIn an interview on Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s support of General Khalifa Hafter and his self-proclaimed “Libyan National Army” (LNA).

“It is our country’s priority to back up national armies, for example in Libya, to assert control over Libyan territories and deal with extremist elements,” said Sisi. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt says it hasn’t sent troops to Syria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An Egyptian military source on Thursday denied media reports claiming that Egypt had sent fighter pilots to Syria to assist the Assad regime against armed opposition groups.

“Egypt does not send [military] forces abroad without an official announcement by its national defense council and council of ministers,” the source, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to media, told Anadolu Agency. Read the rest of this entry »

UN mission in Central African Republic steps up patrols after rival armed groups clash in Bria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN Integrated Multifaceted Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) stepped up patrols and called for an immediate end to violence after the clashes that broke out on Monday in Bria town, a press release said here Tuesday.

According to the press release, the clashes broke out between armed elements of the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC). Read the rest of this entry »

At least 16 dead, thousands displaced in CAR clashes

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Clashes between rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have left at least 16 people dead and several thousand civilians displaced, the UN said on Wednesday, warning of “targeted assassinations” against ethnic Fulani.

“There have been at least 16 confirmed death and thousands displaced,” Vladimir Monteiro, spokesperson for the United Nations peacekeeping force Minusca, said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »

DRC governor appeals for calm after Pygmy-Bantu clashes

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgViolent clashes between Pygmy and Bantu people have erupted once again in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a provincial governor said on Wednesday, appealing for calm.

But Richard Ngoyi Kitamala, the governor of Tanganyika, denied reports that there had been “killings” in Muswaki, about 70km east of the provincial capital Kalemie. Read the rest of this entry »

Boko Haram jihadists kill five in Nigeria

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Boko Haram jihadists have raided three villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing five people and setting fire to several homes and fields, residents told AFP on Thursday.

Armed members of the extremist group on Wednesday sped into the villages of Huyum, Sabongarin Huyum and Wasada on motorbike, killing five villagers and looting their property before setting fire to their homes and farms, witnesses said. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt official raises death toll in Sinai attack to 11

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 25, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An Egyptian security official says the death toll from the previous night’s militant attack in Sinai, which included a suicide car bombing, has reached 11.

No one has claimed responsibility for the assault, in which eight troops were initially reported killed. Read the rest of this entry »

UN welcomes mediations in Sebha

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

UNSMIL expressed regrets over the flare-up of tribal fighting in Sebha which claimed the lives of 20 people and injured over 50 others. The mission welcomed in statement Monday the ongoing reconciliation efforts, appealing to the national and local authorities to prevent further escalations. Head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler offered condolences to the families of the victims, expressing sympathy with the injured. Kobler praised the efforts made by community leaders to reach ceasefire and put an end to unjustified bloodshed sweeping Sabha. he stressed the need to make sound of reason override others quickly in the interest of the country.

Libyan minister resigns over Benghazi bloodshed

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Khaled Najm, media minister in Libya’s Tobruk-based government, has announced his resignation citing a recent deterioration of security in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The move came in the immediate wake of a bombing that rocked a Benghazi school on Monday, which left three people dead — including two children — and another 26 injured. Read the rest of this entry »

French Foreign Minister rules out military solution to Libyan crisis.

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

French Foreign Minister, Jan mark Airolt, expressed concern over developments in Libya, Yemen, and Iraq. The French Minister ruled out in statement quoted by the Algerian news agency, Monday a military solution to the Libyan, Yemeni and the Iraqi crisis. He said fighting daesh should only be through the military action, calling for prusing dialogue and negotiations to get out of the crisis.

US, Algeria discuss Libya’s political stalemate in Algiers

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgThe Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, met Monday with the US ambassador in Algeria Joan A. Polaschik to discuss the situation in Libya. Read the rest of this entry »

Kenya police kill 4 suspected extremists at Somali border

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A Kenyan official says police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border, a region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab.

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said on Sunday that police killed the men while ambushing a group of about 20 suspected members of a cell of al-Shabab militants on Saturday.

Saleh says the group allegedly was planning an attack on a police station. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt court quashes one of Morsi life sentences

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday quashed one of two life sentences handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi since his 2013 overthrow, his lawyer and a judicial source said.

It is the second appeals victory in a week for Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood movement has been blacklisted and subjected to a crackdown that has killed hundreds of his supporters and seen thousands jailed or sentenced to death. Read the rest of this entry »

Libya unity forces say closing on Sirte jihadists

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Forces loyal to Libya’s government of National Accord said on Monday that they are closing in on the last Islamic State group fighters in the coastal city of Sirte.

The pro-GNA forces said they managed to dislodge ISIS fighters from a fortified school in the Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district that the jihadists had fiercely defended. Read the rest of this entry »

Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

An attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a military source said on Tuesday.

“Boko Haram attacked a base of the Mixed Multinational Force on the island of Darak [on Lake Chad] at around 2200″ on Monday, said the source, who asked not to be named.

He said six soldiers had been killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Algiers hosts 5+5 Defense Initiative meeting

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016

Senior army officials from the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative met on Tuesday in Algiers to assess the progress of the 2016 action plan and finalize the 2017 plan.

The 5 + 5 Defense Initiative includes five Maghreb countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania and five EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta. Read the rest of this entry »

20 LNA soldiers dead in Benghazi fighting

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

At least 20 members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been killed and 40 injured in two days of fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi, a hospital official said on Wednesday.

The clashes come as the LNA, a force loyal to the country’s eastern government, tries to extend its grip on the port city and dislodge the Islamist-dominated forces it has been battling for more than two years. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt stresses support for Lebanon’s stability

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday conveyed a message of support for Lebanon’s stability from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to newly-elected President Michel Aoun.

During their meeting in Beirut, Shoukry invited the Lebanese president to visit Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »

Egyptian forces kill 23 militants in restive Sinai

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgAt least 23 militants were killed during security force raids in three cities of the restive northeastern North Sinai province, Egyptian Defense Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the operations killed 13 militants in the city of Arish and 10 in Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.

Security forces also destroyed a warehouse of explosives, ruined 11 roadside explosive devices and “foiled an attempt to attack a security checkpoint in Arish with a car bomb by blowing up the car and killing its driver,” said the statement. Read the rest of this entry »

EU pledges over $740 mln in aid to CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The European Union (EU) on Thursday pledged more than 700 million euros (about 744 million U.S. dollars) in aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) , a poor country coming out of one of the worst conflicts in its history.

The pledges were made at the Brussels International Conference for the CAR, which drew delegations from over 80 countries, international organizations and agencies. Read the rest of this entry »

Tunisia set to hold a meeting on Libya’s crisis

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016

imgThe Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said his country is consulting with Algeria to hold an urgent meeting on Libya.

In an interview with the Tunisian television, Jhinaoui said that Tunisia deals with Libya’s Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj adding that “unfortunately, the Read the rest of this entry »

UN warns of mass atrocities in South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is warning of a “very real risk of mass atrocities” in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath.

Ban told the Security Council in a report released Wednesday that the United Nations must clearly define what actions it is prepared to take in the event of mass killings.

“There is a very real risk of mass atrocities being committed in South Sudan, particularly following the sharp rise in hate speech and ethnic incitement in recent weeks,” Ban said. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali under threat as peace deal founders, fighting flares

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

imgWith Mali’s hard-fought peace deal foundering and jihadist groups back on the offensive, the west African country could be headed for fresh chaos, experts say.

Malian, French and the United Nations forces deployed to safeguard the country after a 2013 jihadist offensive in its vast arid north have increasingly come under attack this year.

Only last week, militants with the al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar Dine briefly seized a town alarmingly close to the capital, Bamako, raiding a police station, bank and a prison. Read the rest of this entry »

US to seek UN arms embargo against South Sudan

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, November 18, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

The United States will in the coming days present a draft Security Council resolution that would impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on South Sudan, Ambassador Samantha Power said on Thursday.

The move followed United Nations warnings that after nearly three years of war, the country risked descending further into violence, mass killings and genocide.

UN delegation in DRC calls for peace

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News

A UN Security Council delegation visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for peace as the country moves to reschedule its November election.

Francois Delattre, France’s UN ambassador, said on Saturday the country’s election discussions must be more inclusive. Read the rest of this entry »