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Libyan PM, Trump held short talks on security

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

The Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Serraj, met on Sunday with the US President, Donald Trump, on the margins of the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, the US President reaffirmed his country’s full support for Libya in fighting terrorism. Trump also hailed the victory of […]

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East Libyan Forces launch series of air strikes in Jufra

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

East Libyan forces have targeted rival brigades with a series of air strikes in the southern region of Jufra, officials and witnesses said on Sunday, three days after dozens of their men were killed in a surprise attack on an air base. The escalation risks reigniting warfare in Libya’s central desert regions, where forces aligned […]

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Egypt army chief of staff discusses military cooperation with UK chief of defense intelligence

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian army’s chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazi, met in Cairo on Monday with the UK’s chief of defence intelligence, Air Marshall Philip Osborn, for talks on a wide range of issues, including regional security. Among the key topics under discussion was developments in the MENA region that impact negatively on regional and […]

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Deadly violence on rise in CAR

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

The latest upsurge in deadly violence in the Central African Republic saw the first use of heavy weapons and more sophisticated military tactics by a predominantly Christian armed group, a senior U.N. official said Thursday. Diane Corner, the U.N. deputy special representative in the beleaguered country, said that since May 8 more than 150 people, […]

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French President visits troops deployed to Mali

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron visited French troops fighting jihadists in conflict-torn Mali on Friday and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in 2015. At the end of his first week in office, Macron flew into Gao, a city in Mali’s deeply-troubled north, where he was met by his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita […]

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US President could visit Egypt soon

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would visit Egypt soon during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital. “We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,” Trump said at the beginning of bilateral talks with Sisi, which came hours before the US president is scheduled […]

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3 dead in Algeria military helicopter crash

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

Three Algerian naval officers were killed when their helicopter crashed after striking power lines during a night patrol southwest of Algiers, the defence ministry said on Monday. The navy rescue helicopter went down on Sunday night in Tipaza province, 70km from the capital, it said.

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South Sudan’s President declares unilateral ceasefire

Monday, May 22, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday as he launched a national dialogue, a controversial bid to end a civil war that excludes his rival Riek Machar. It is not the first time Kiir has vowed the army will lay down arms in the three-year conflict, and he warned that his […]

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Mali President pledges to keep fighting terrorist groups

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

Mali will keep fighting “terrorist groups” in the country until they engage in serious peace talks, the country’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has said. Despite continued French troop deployments, a UN peacekeeping mission comprising 11,000 soldiers and years of peace talks, Mali remains beset by political unrest and ethnic strife.

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UN condemns attack on Timbuktu Base in Mali

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

The UN mission in Mali on Tuesday condemned the attack on Timbuktu UN Base and called for implementation of the peace deal, a UN spokesman said. “The UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reports that its camp in Timbuktu was targeted in a mortar attack Monday,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at […]

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Egypt, US discuss military cooperation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi on Wednesday held talks in Cairo with General Joseph L. Lengyel, head of the U.S. National Guard, in which the two men discussed regional developments and military cooperation. “Attended by high-ranking Egyptian army officials, discussions tackled a range of issues, including current challenges faced by the region,” read an Egyptian […]

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South Sudan president says peace agreement entering critical stage

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday called for international support to the government efforts to implement the peace deal signed in August 2015 saying that the process is entering a critical stage. President Kiir made the remark on Wednesday after meeting the Egyptian ambassador to the South Sudan who paid him a courtesy call […]

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Egypt, Jordan call for joint action on counter-terrorism in the region

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan stressed the importance of fostering international efforts to fight terrorism in the region during a meeting in Cairo on Wednesday. Abdullah arrived in Cairo for a short visit earlier today to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. During […]

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UN to send more troops to CAR

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations (UN) said it plans to deploy more peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) diamond-mining town of Bangassou to stem a recent wave of violence. The additional forces are being deployed to “neutralize attackers, protect civilians and facilitate critical humanitarian support to the population,” Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio […]

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AU plans to send African mission to visit Libya

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Comments Off

The Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smael Shangri announced Wednesday in Algiers that African Peace and Security Council are preparing to send a ministerial mission to visit Libya this month to contribute to addressing the crisis suffered by the country. In a press statement, Sharqi said; ‘The Libyan problem is an African problem needed an […]

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China to send 395 more peacekeeping soldiers to Mali

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

A 395-strong Chinese peacekeeping force is set to begin missions in Mali on behalf of the United Nations before the end of May. The troops will be sent to the West African country in two batches, where they will stay for one year. The troops include military engineers, security personnel and medical staff. This is […]

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Egypt calls for lifting arms embargo on Libya

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi reiterated a call on the international community to lift an arms embargo on Libya on Saturday, which would allow weapons to be delivered legally to a powerful general he backs in the fractured country’s east. After meeting Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Cairo, Sisi, himself a former general, said […]

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US, Egypt Presidents discuss region situation

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says US President Donald Trump has called his Egyptian counterpart to express his commitment to further “robust strategic relations” and partnership between the two countries. The office of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi says Trump also noted in the call on Monday night that he looks forward to meeting Sisi during the Arab-Islamic-American summit […]

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Algeria calls for joint action on counterterrorism

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday stressed the fight against terrorism and various forms of criminality require joint action between international security services and strong commitment of the international community. “The world is witnessing considerable upsurge of terrorism and its new forms while allying with drug, arms and human traffickers, as well as with […]

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UN forces retake strategic areas of CAR city

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby UN base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said on Monday. More than 1 000 residents had fled their homes and had taken refuge in a […]

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Al-Shabaab kill chief in Kenya’s north

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

A Kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-Shabaab Islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya’s north that left two Kenya police reservists missing Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Tuesday the attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera County Monday night.

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for another month

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia’s president has decided to prolong a state of emergency enacted because of a terrorism threat for another month. A statement from President Beji Caid Essebsi office issued on Tuesday said he consulted the prime minister and the head of parliament about the extension. It takes effect immediately. The state of emergency was put in […]

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UN highly worried about CAR violence

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Comments Off

A series of attacks in remote areas of Central African Republic have forced more than 15 000 people to flee their homes over the past week while at least 130 are feared dead, authorities said on Tuesday. Among the victims are six UN peacekeepers, marking the deadliest month for the mission since it began in […]

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Egypt army destroys large quantity of explosives in N. Sinai

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s armed forces said on Wednesday that it was able to destroy a large amount of explosive material used by militants in North Sinai. In an official statement, army spokesman Tamer El-Refaie said that the military’s second field army discovered and were able to dispose of explosive material used by the militants to manufacture improvised […]

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Shoukry to visit Ghana for regional talks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry headed to Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday. He is scheduled to deliver a message from President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo that focuses on the two countries’ bilateral relations. Shoukry will meet with high officials that include the foreign affairs minister and the parliament’s speaker.

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UN chief slams deadly attack on blue helmets in CAR

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack which killed four blue helmets in the southeastern part of the Central African Republic, calling for efforts to “swiftly bring those responsible to justice.” Eight other peacekeepers were wounded in the attack perpetrated on Monday by suspected anti-Balaka against a convoy of the United Nations […]

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German, Algerian FMs discuss Libyan crisis

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel alongside with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra expressed hope Tuesday that a political solution would prevail in Libya. In a joint press conference, Gabriel said finding a political solution to the crisis in Libya is key to addressing the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Gabriel underlined that setting up refugee […]

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Libyan leader arrives in Algeria following peace talks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan presidency council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj flew in to Algiers on Wednesday to be briefed on a conference held by Tripoli’s neighbours on Tuesday about the ongoing war in Libya. Sarraj was briefed by Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and its Maghreb, African and Arab affairs minister, Abdelkader Messahel about a meeting between ministers from […]

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South Sudan says divisive army chief of staff removed

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan’s army chief of staff, who had been proposed for UN sanctions and accused of directing last year’s fighting in the capital that left hundreds dead, has been removed from his post, a presidential spokesperson said on Tuesday.

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Libyan general’s forces lose 17 in push to take Benghazi

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

Forces loyal to a powerful Libyan general say they have lost 17 fighters in their two-day push to clear central parts of Benghazi from Islamists and their allies. Riyadh al-Shahiebi, of the special forces media office, said Tuesday that troops loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter have entered the Souq al-Hout and Sabri areas, but […]

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4 UN peacekeepers killed in CAR

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Comments Off

A Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic ambushed a UN convoy sparking a firefight and kidnappings that left four peacekeepers dead, eight injured and one missing, the United Nations said Tuesday. The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the firefight on Monday night. […]

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Tunisia’s forces, militants clash in Sidi Bouzid city

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian police killed one hardliner militant and another died when he detonated his suicide explosive belt during an exchange of gunfire in the central city of Sidi Bouzid, a government official said on Sunday. Tunisia’s armed forces have been cracking down on militants allied to Daesh and Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch, especially since the […]

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British FM visits Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently (Friday) visited Libya to support renewed efforts to break the political deadlock. The Foreign Secretary met Agila Saleh and Ahmied Homa, the President & second vice-President of Libya’s Parliament – the House of Representatives. In this meeting, Mr Johnson emphasised the importance of Libya’s legitimate political institutions working together […]

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UN delegate to Libya proposes road map for peace in Libya

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

The UN delegate to Libya and Head of the UNSMIL, Martin Kobler, has announced a new road map for peace to end Libya’s current political deadlock and to strike comprehensive accord among all Libyan conflicting parties. On his Twitter page, Kobler wrote Monday that the “road map for peace in Libya” has six items to […]

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Egyptian PM to attend London conference on Somalia

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is set to fly to the UK on Wednesday to participate in the London Somalia Conference 2017, at which senior government officials from various nations will discuss ways of supporting the African country. According to an Egyptian cabinet statement, Ismail is to represent Egypt at the international conference, which runs […]

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