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French PM visits Algeria

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Comments Off

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve started Wednesday, a two-day working visit to Algeria, which is part of the regular consultations between the two countries. Upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport, Cazeneuve was welcomed by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and members of the government.

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Trump says US will forge a ‘great bond’ with Egypt

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Comments Off

President Donald Trump signaled a new era in US-Egypt relations on Monday, assuring his Egyptian counterpart that years of tepid relations will now give way to a “great bond” between their two nations. Trump reunited with President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi for talks ranging from collaboration against the Islamic State group to bolstering Egypt’s flailing economy.

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European Union trains ‘credible army’ in CAR

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Comments Off

With EU help, the Central African Republic is seeking to turn the page on years of bloodshed by retraining its army and by month’s end a first battalion is to present arms. The European Union last year unveiled the launch of a two-year military training mission for CAR troops in the capital Bangui, along the […]

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Fighting sends 3 000 South Sudanese into Uganda this week

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations says roughly 3 000 South Sudanese refugees have crossed into Uganda after fighting in the eastern town of Pajok. The UN refugee agency spokesperson Katherine Weinright says that represents a “significant increase” in the number of refugees in the Lamwo area of Uganda. The influx is expected to continue in the coming […]

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UN finds more mass graves in DRC’s Kasai region

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Comments Off

The UN investigators said on Monday they had found more mass graves in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where tribal militias are battling security forces. “We have shared with the authorities the discovery of new mass graves in Grand Kasai. The number has risen from 10 to 23 mass graves […]

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Tunisia, Sudan sign agreements to enhance cooperation

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan and Tunisia on Thursday signed 22 agreements, executive programs and Memoranda of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two sides. The operation agreements, signed during meetings of the joint Sudanese-Tunisian Higher Committee, include areas of health, tourism, occupational training and operation, technical education and agriculture.

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Kobler meets Libyan military commanders in Cairo

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, gathered in Cairo, on Monday, with Libyan military commanders and diplomats to talk about the ways of activating the Libyan political operation. Kobler said, on his Twitter account, that a great exchange of ideas in Egypt with diplomatic and military leaders on revitalising the Libyan political process.

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US pledges support for Egypt in fight against terrorism

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday that he strongly backs Sisi’s leadership and that they would work together to fight militants. “I just want to let everybody know in case there was any doubt that we are very much behind President Sisi.

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Armed men killed at least 50 in CAR

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes said. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had “fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants”.

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Algeria: 15 terrorists arrested or killed by Army in March

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

Eleven (11) terrorists were eliminated, four others were arrested and one surrendered in March during various counterterrorism and border security-related operations carried out by the People’s National Army (ANP). Following these operations, the Army discovered a body of one terrorist, arrested 22 individuals supporting terrorist groups and destroyed 42 shelters for terrorists.

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UN urges new efforts to defeat Boko Haram

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council called for stepped up efforts on Friday to defeat Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State extremists in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region and tackle the humanitarian crisis that has left millions facing hunger and possible famine. A resolution adopted unanimously by the UN’s most powerful body strongly condemned attacks by […]

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New jihadist alliance claims border attack in Mali

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

A new jihadist alliance claimed responsibility on Saturday for an attack that killed three members of Mali’s security forces on March 29, according to a statement released by jihadist monitoring group SITE. Three Malian jihadist groups with previous Al-Qaeda links recently joined forces to create the “Group to Support Islam and Muslims” (GSIM), led by […]

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Mali opposition close to joining key peace summit

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

Mali’s opposition on Saturday took tentative steps towards ending its boycott of a political summit enshrined in the country’s 2015 peace deal after the government extended a deadline to facilitate extra talks. Opposition parties were the last holdout after former rebels who had led several uprisings against the state in Mali’s north ended their own […]

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Egypt military says top Islamist killed in Sinai

Monday, April 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military said on Sunday a founder of a militant faction in North Sinai that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group was killed in an air strike. A total of 18 “extremely dangerous” insurgents were killed and others wounded in raids carried out on March 18, it said.

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French FM talks Arab nations over Libya tensions

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has undertaken multiple contacts this week with a number of Arab nations concerning the rising tensions in Libya, Ayrault’s press office said on Thursday. In a statement, France said that it continues to work for “a political compromise between the different Libyan parties” but that the volatile situation currently warranted […]

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CAR leader wants training for troops

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

The president of Central Africa Republic called Thursday for additional training and equipment for the country’s armed forces so they can be deployed to deal with the conflict among armed groups that is leading to loss of lives “and massive destruction.”

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Libya PM welcomes all efforts to solve Libyan crisis

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj on Wednesday hailed “all efforts, especially of Arab countries, for the resolution of Libyan crisis,” including the initiatives of Algeria and Egypt, which culminated in the signing of the Declaration of Tunis.

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Algeria: dangerous terrorist killed near Tipasa

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

A dangerous terrorist was eliminated Wednesday near Tipasa (50-km west of Algiers) by a detachment of the People’s National Army, said Thursday the Ministry of National Defence in a statement. “As part of the fight against terrorism and following tips, a detachment of the People’s National Army of Tipasa (1st Military Region) killed, yesterday 29 […]

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Egypt President to visit US on April 3

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

The White House announced Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make an “official visit” to Washington on April 3, ending years in which the Egyptian president had been kept at arm’s length amid rights concerns. “President Trump and President Al-Sisi will use the visit to build on the positive momentum they have built for the United States-Egypt […]

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Over 60 000 S Sudanese enter Sudan in three months: UN

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

More than 60 000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday, fleeing famine and war in the world’s youngest nation. South Sudan, formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has declared a famine in parts of the country where 100 000 people […]

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Libyan premier calls for dialogue between rivals

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

The head of Libya’s UN-backed government has called for a dialogue between all political rivals in the North African country to reach a political settlement to the country’s crisis. Fayez Serraj told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that “everyone knows that no party can achieve a military solution.”

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Thousands flee Boko Haram attacks around Nigeria’s Chibok

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Comments Off

Some 7 000 people have fled from villages around the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok because of Boko Haram attacks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. The IOM said an estimated 4 449 people or 740 households have fled to Chibok itself since February 25, “seeking safety following attacks or threats of […]

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Tunisia’s PM arrives in Sudan

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday arrived in Khartoum for an official two-day visit to Sudan during which he is to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh. Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that the two countries’ prime ministers would hold joint talks which “would review a number of files, while […]

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US to keep some special forces troops in Libya

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

US Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US Africa Command, told reporters that the US needs to retain a small special operations force in Libya indefinitely. Even though he estimated that less than 200 Islamic State fighters remain in Libya, the general still maintained that they were enough of a threat to retain the […]

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US General: Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya through a combination of military means and oil and weapons sales, a top US general said Friday. General Thomas Tom Waldhauser, who heads the US military’s Africa Command, said Russia is “on the ground” in the border region between Egypt and Libya. “They are trying to […]

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Algeria condemns terrorist attack in London

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria “strongly” condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated Wednesday, in Westminster, in the British capital. “The attack that struck, this afternoon, the British capital is a coward terrorist attack that we condemn in the strongest terms, underlined the spokesperson of the ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdelaziz Benali Cherif in a statement to APS.

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Burkina Faso forces kill key jihadist, arrest others

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

Burkina Faso’s government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country’s north, close to the West African nation’s border with Mali. Security Minister Simon Compaore said on Friday that forces also seized weapons and ammunition in Wednesday’s operation.

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab claims to kill 17 soldiers in attack

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

An organisation that monitors extremist groups says al-Shabab has claimed to kill 17 soldiers and wound 22 in an attack in southwestern Somalia. The SITE Intelligence Group says in a statement Thursday that the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab’s news agency posted a claim on Facebook about attacking the coastal city of Barawe.

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Mubarak freed from detention

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a military hospital on Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said. Mubarak had been cleared for release earlier this month after a top court finally acquitted him of involvement in protester deaths during the 2011 revolt that ousted him. “Yes,” his lawyer Farid […]

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At least 50 killed by armed men in CAR

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Comments Off

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured since Tuesday after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes told AFP. Prosper Tchoulekrayo, who escaped from Yasseneme village, said the attackers had “fired indiscriminately on the inhabitants”.

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UN peacekeeping chief visits Mali, South Sudan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Comments Off

The UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, on Friday kicked off his visit to Mali and South Sudan with his successor, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who was appointed to replace Ladsous next month, a UN spokesman told reporters here.

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Libya’s major ports get ready to resume crude shipments after clashes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Comments Off

Libya’s major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf are resuming operations and preparing to export crude after a two-week halt in shipments due to armed clashes in the holder of Africa’s largest crude reserves. Libya’s total production rose on Monday to 646,000 barrels a day from 621,000, mostly due to an increase from […]

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Lebanon and Egypt discuss bilateral ties

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Comments Off

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in Egypt where he is scheduled to meet with President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sharif Ismail with the view of strengthening ties between the two countries. Hariri will also meet with Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Church and Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar.

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US defense chief discusses defense partnership with Egyptian counterpart

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Sedki Sobhy on Tuesday during which Mattis expressed his “commitment to advancing the US-Egyptian defense partnership.”

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Tunisia’s PM arrives in Sudan for talks

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday arrived in Khartoum for an official two-day visit to Sudan during which he is to hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Bakri Hassan Saleh. Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said that the two countries’ prime ministers would hold joint talks which “would review a number of files, while […]

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