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US urges regional governments to block South Sudan war money

Monday, June 11, 2018 Comments Off

A US Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda on Monday that authorities in countries like neighbouring Uganda must make it clear that “corrupt money is […]

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EU urges Mali ‘restraint’ after opposition protest crackdown

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union urged Mali’s government on Monday to respect “freedom of expression” and “show restraint” after dozens of people were hurt in banned opposition protests two months ahead of presidential elections. “The EU stresses the importance of the respect of fundamental freedoms, and in particular the freedom of expression, during election time,” the European […]

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Libya strongman says victory near against Derna jihadists

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said on Monday that victory was near for his forces in Derna, the eastern city held by jihadists since the 2011 armed uprising. Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive on May 7 to “liberate” the coastal city, home to about 150 000 people and held by hardline fighters […]

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US says airstrike in Somalia kills 27 al-Shabaab extremists

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in northern Somalia that killed 27 al-Shabaab extremists. The statement issued on Monday by the US Africa command said it assesses that no civilians were killed in the attack on Sunday

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Libyan rivals agree country to hold vote Dec 10

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Comments Off

An adviser of the head of Libya’s UN-recognized government based in Tripoli has tweeted that the country’s rival leaders have reached consensus at a Paris meeting to hold both parliamentary and presidential elections in battered Libya on December 10.

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French President welcomes Libyan rivals’ agreement

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is lauding the agreement struck between rival Libyan leaders at a Paris meeting as a “crucial step” for the war-battered country. Macron said at a press conference after the gathering concluded in the French capital that this was “the first time these Libyan leaders accepted to work together and approved a […]

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Tension Rises on Morocco-Algeria Border as Polisario Militants Launch Military Exercises

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Comments Off

Tension has returned to the Moroccan-Algerian borders after militants from the Polisario Front launched maneuvers and parades, with the participation of Algerian officers and experts, in the Tifariti, region east of Morocco’s defense wall. Tifariti is located on the Moroccan side of the border with Algeria. Morocco withdrew its military forces from the region in […]

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Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt hold talks on Libya

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Comments Off

The tripartite ministerial meeting on Libya kicked off on Monday in Algiers, and foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt discussed the developments in the conflict-ridden Libya. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui are expected to discuss the holding of a referendum on a new constitution […]

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Algerian Forces Find Weapon Cache in Libya Border

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria Ministry of Defense announced today the discovering ofa weapon cache allegedly belonging to terrorists in Tarat town, border with Libya. The pictures published by the Algerian authorities showed two antitank missiles, two sniper rifles,two Kalashnikov machine guns and munitions.

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At least 21 dead in NE Nigeria Boko Haram attacks

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Comments Off

Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 21 people in separate attacks in a remote northeastern region of Nigeria, security officials and a witness said on Monday. The jihadists shot dead 18 forest workers who had been collecting firewood in Borno state, close to the town of Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon on Sunday, according to […]

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Fresh clashes in South Sudan ‘devastating’ for civilians: UN

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Comments Off

A new surge in violence in South Sudan’s civil war is having “devastating impact” on thousands of people ahead of peace talks that are now set to resume next month, the United Nations said on Friday. The UN statement reported gunfire overnight near a temporary peacekeeping base in Leer where 600 civilians have sought shelter […]

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France concerned by rising violence in CAR

Monday, April 30, 2018 Comments Off

France on Wednesday expressed concern at the spike in violence in Central African Republic (CAR) which has been marred by ethnic violence and also attacks against international peacekeeping forces. France has a small military contingent in CAR, mainly to protect French residents but it also offers support and advice to mainly African UN peace-keepers who […]

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France says 3 jihadists killed in Mali clash

Saturday, April 28, 2018 Comments Off

A clash between French soldiers and an armed jihadist group in northwest Mali left three “terrorists” dead, Paris said on Thursday, while local media reported injuries among French special forces. The three were “neutralised” in a confrontation near the village of Goudam, west of Timbuktu, on the 21st of April, French army spokesman Colonel William […]

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Algeria, Mali express desire to increase energy cooperation

Friday, April 27, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria and Mali expressed the desire to boost cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons, said the Algerian Ministry of Energy in a statement on Tuesday. Malian Minister of Mines and Petroleum Tiemoko Sangare hailed the experience of Algeria in the field of hydrocarbons and expressed desire for more intense cooperation, said the statement their

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Friday, April 27, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli. The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move. Tunisian had […]

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UN urges Malians to implement peace accord to ensure successful elections

Friday, April 27, 2018 Comments Off

A United Nations official on Wednesday urged parties concerned in Mali to implement the 2015 peace accord in order to ensure successful elections this year. “The peace process is complex, but it is time to move from promises to action to meet agreed deadlines,” Mahamat Saleh Annadif, special representative of the UN Secretary-General and head […]

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Egypt, UAE hold joint military training exercise in Red Sea

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched a joint military training exercise off Egypt’s eastern shores dubbed Khalifa 3, Egypt’s armed forces said in a statement on Tuesday. Naval and air forces of the two countries will take part in the multi-day exercise at a Red Sea base in Egyptian territorial waters, Egyptian military […]

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UN to ask Canada for sending helicopters to Mali sooner

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations is in talks with Canada on speeding up the deployment of six helicopters to shore up its peacekeeping force in Mali, a UN envoy said on Wednesday. Mahamat Saleh Annadif said Canada will send the helicopters in August but that the mission needs them in June, when Germany pulls out of the […]

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Somalia to halt UAE funding for troops as relations sour

Saturday, April 14, 2018 Comments Off

As relations with the United Arab Emirates sour over the seizure of millions of dollars in cash, Somalia announced on Wednesday it would end UAE funding for its armed forces. Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal’s comments to reporters came shortly after the UAE condemned what it called an “illegal” move by Somalia to seize $9.6m from […]

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New military operation to combat IS launched by Libya’s Presidential Council

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

The Presidential Council of Libya in Tripoli has announced the launch of a new military operation under the name Asifat Al-Wattan (The Nation’s Storm), which it says will be targeting terrorists across Libya. The PC Head’s spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, announced on Monday in a presser the kickoff of the military operation, which he said […]

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257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria’s worst air disaster

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria suffered its deadliest ever air catastrophe on Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the capital, killing 257 people on board, mostly army personnel and their family members, officials said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane after it caught fire in a field near the Boufarik airbase, […]

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19 killed in clashes between UN and militia in CAR capital

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Comments Off

The Central African Republic, one of the world’s poorest and most unstable countries, was rocked on Wednesday after 19 people, including a UN soldier, were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between peacekeepers and militias in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of the capital. Bangui’s bloodiest flareup in two years brought hundreds of angry […]

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Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday. The government source said the task force will be in Mali for up to 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will be […]

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Egypt FM visits India

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed for India on Wednesday to lead Egypt’s delegation in the seventh round of the joint committee between the two countries. In an official statement, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the joint committee will commence its meetings on Thursday, followed by ministerial level meetings on Friday.

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UN presses on with bid to restart Western Sahara talks

Friday, March 23, 2018 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Wednesday told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory. Horst Koehler met with the council behind closed doors to report on his meetings with representatives from Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania as well as the Polisario […]

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Libyan military officials discuss unity and sovereignty

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan military officers representing the army of Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and the Al-Sirraj government agreed on Tuesday during meetings in Cairo on the importance of preserving the unity and sovereignty of the Libyan state, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The meetings, which started on Friday, were hosted by the Egyptian committee on Libyan affairs, […]

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Sarkozy taken in French police custody over 2007 financing from Libya

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the inquiry said. Sarkozy, 63, had until now refused to respond to a summons for questioning in the case, which drew heightened scrutiny last November when a businessman […]

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AU ready to propose solutions for Western Sahara conflict

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

The President of the African Union (AU) and Chadian Commission, Moussa Faki, has announced that the AU is ready to draft a proposal for the resolution of the conflict in Western Sahara. The announcement follows a three-day visit to Algeria, against which Morocco spoke out, where the AU is looking to lead a more active […]

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NATO’s Alvargonzález visits Algeria to increase cooperation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález, paid an official visit to Algeria on 19 and 20 March 2018 in the framework of the Alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue.

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Egypt: At least 36 Islamic militants killed in Sinai battle

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says four troops and 36 Islamic militants have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Monday’s statement says one officer was among the four killed army personnel. It also says that eight soldiers were wounded, including two officers.

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Egypt, Sudan presidents agree to patch up differences

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir for talks in Cairo on Monday, with the pair pledging to boost cooperation after tensions between their neighbouring countries. Bashir’s visit comes two weeks after the reinstatement of Sudan’s ambassador to Cairo following his recall to Khartoum in January.

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Libyan PM urges army unification for national security

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj said on Saturday that the unification of the army is crucial for the security of the country. Serraj made the remarks during his meeting with the government’s military dialogue committee on the unification of the army. “The unification of the military institution is absolutely necessary to secure the borders […]

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Libyan gov’t to form military force to secure southern Libya

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday announced formation of a military force to secure southern Libya, which is witnessing tribal clashes for days. Serraj made his announcement during a meeting with military officials to discuss the situation in southern Libya.

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Mogherini, Grandi discuss Syria, Rohingya in Brussels meeting

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met in Brussels Monday with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and discussed the situation in Syria, including Ghouta, Libya and of the Rohingya refugees. A press release by Mogherini’s office said she discussed in the meeting the second Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and […]

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Egyptian army says 105 terrorists killed in major anti-terror operation

Friday, March 9, 2018 Comments Off

The Egyptian military announced on Thursday that 16 army personnel and 105 terrorists were killed since the country’s anti-terror military operation began a month ago in Sinai Peninsula. The military spokesman Tamer al-Refaay told reporters that 19 army men have been injured and receiving medical treatment during the comprehensive military operation.

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