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Militants clash with troops in eastern DRC

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes between militants and government troops on Thursday left 16 dead in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said. The fighting erupted in the eastern suburbs of Beni, a city in the troubled North-Kivu province, with residents hearing gunshots and heavy weapons fire. The province has been plagued by regular […]

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UN seeks $8bn for South Sudan refugee crisis

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven’t been as tolerant as some in Africa. Antonio Guterres on Friday addressed a UN-backed summit in Uganda that seeks $8bn for nearly a million South Sudanese refugees and the host communities that officials say are […]

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US to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the US once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year. The US embassy was closed in 1991 as the Horn of Africa nation slid into decades of chaos. Former Secretary of State John Kerry during a […]

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France, Algeria call for political solution to Libyan crisis

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Algeria and France on Tuesday urged Libya’s rival armed factions to seek a political solution in the North African country to help stem the spread of militant groups there and potential spillover across its borders. Algeria has joined with North African neighbor Tunisia to seek support for an inclusive dialogue in […]

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Egypt army says 12 militants killed in North Sinai

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military says its air force has killed 12 “extremely dangerous” militants in airstrikes in northern Sinai, a militant hotspot. In a Tuesday statement, the armed forces said the strikes also destroyed four vehicles as it targeted a “terrorist stronghold” of the local Islamic State affiliate, formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis.

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At least 40 killed in CAR day after ceasefire

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

At least 40 people were killed in clashes on Tuesday in the Central African Republic, aid and security sources said, the day after the signing of a ceasefire deal. The violence in the central town of Bria was between members of Christian ‘anti-balaka’ militias and ex-Seleka fighters, the sources said.

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Turkish PM visits Greece

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will make a working visit to Greece on June 19 at the invitation of Greek his counterpart Alexis Tsipras, ahead of Cyprus reunification talks in Switzerland. During his visit to Athens, Prime Minister Yıldırım will be received by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Yıldırım’s visit is taking place ahead of a […]

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Mali urges UN to support anti-jihadist force for the Sahel

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Mali’s foreign minister on Friday pressed the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution endorsing the creation of a special force to fight the jihadists increasingly plaguing north Africa’s Sahel region. The minister, Abdoulaye Diop, expressed the “deep concern” of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who heads a five-nation regional grouping known as the […]

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5 killed in jihadi attack on Mali resort outside capital

Monday, June 19, 2017 Comments Off

Islamic extremists who stormed a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners killed five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism, authorities said on Monday. The death toll rose after a Malian soldier who was wounded in the […]

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Macron in Morocco to discuss Libya, Qatar crisis

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron was in Morocco on Wednesday on a 24-hour visit for talks on battling terrorism as well as the Libyan conflict and Qatar’s dispute with its Gulf neighbours. As he stepped off the plane for his first visit to Morocco since his election in May, the French president, his wife Brigitte at […]

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France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday he was confident “we will get there” in convincing a reluctant United States to give United Nations backing to an anti-jihadist force drawn from five African countries. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, which make up the so-called G5 Sahel, have agreed to set up a special counter-terrorism […]

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EU announces $160m to support northeast Nigeria

Friday, June 16, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union has announced a support package of nearly $160m for recovery and reconstruction in Nigeria’s Borno state, which has been devastated by attacks from homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The EU said on Thursday the northeastern state is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has called Nigeria one of four […]

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EU maritime to continue to seize arms off Libya

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow the European Union’s (EU) maritime force to seize illegal weapons off Libya’s coast for another year, a move aimed at helping restore peace to the deeply divided north African nation. The British-drafted resolution authorises EU ships in Operation Sophia to stop vessels on the high […]

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AU calls for dialogue to solve Gulf crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

African Union chairperson Alpha Conde on Sunday put himself forward as a mediator in the crisis between Qatar and other Gulf countries, urging dialogue after several African nations also recalled their ambassadors to Doha. Conde, who is president of Guinea which has close ties to Saudi Arabia, said in a letter to King Salman he […]

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UN peacekeeper killed in Mali

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations says a fourth peacekeeper from the West African nation of Guinea was killed in an attack by jihadists last week on a UN camp in northern Mali. UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Monday the peacekeeper was missing after last Thursday’s attack on the camp east of the city of Kidal […]

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US forces conduct strike against Somalia’s Al-Shabaab

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

US forces carried out a strike in conjunction with Somali special forces on Sunday against Al-Shabaab approximately 300km southwest of Mogadishu, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon said the operation occurred at approximately 0600 GMT “in coordination with regional partners as a direct response to Al-Shabaab actions, including recent attacks on Somali forces.”

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Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader

Monday, June 12, 2017 Comments Off

A Nigerian official says a top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed on Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp. Nigerian army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Sani Usman said on Monday that soldiers battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. He said they killed […]

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Nearly 70 dead in al-Shabaab attack on Somalia military base

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Heavily armed al-Shabaab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people, officials said Thursday. Officials called it the region’s deadliest attack in years, highlighting the twin challenges facing security forces from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab and the growing presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group.

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Soldiers clash with Islamists in Somalia

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

A dawn raid by jihadists on a military camp in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Thursday left at least 10 soldiers dead, security officials said. The Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda group, claimed the attack saying it had killed 61 soldiers at the Af-Urur military base close to Golis Mountains, a well-known Islamist hideout.

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At least 15 killed in latest S Sudan road ambush

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Comments Off

Unknown gunmen on Thursday ambushed a convoy on the main road connecting South Sudan’s capital with the Ugandan border, killing at least 15 people, officials said. Nine others were wounded in the attack on a civilian convoy escorted by the military on the insecure Juba-Nimule highway.

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Darfur peacekeeping force headed for major drawdown

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and the United Nations are proposing major cuts to their joint peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, paring down one of the world’s largest and costliest peace operations. A joint report sent to the UN Security Council last month recommends that the ceiling set for military troops be cut by 44 […]

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UN commander in CAR wants DRC peacekeepers to leave

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

The UN force commander in the Central African Republic is calling for hundreds of peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to be sent home for sexual abuse, fuel trafficking and poor discipline, according to a confidential memo released Tuesday.

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Syria refugees still stuck between Morocco and Algeria

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Comments Off

Dozens of Syrian refugees remained stranded in no-man’s land between Morocco and Algeria on Tuesday, non-governmental groups said, despite an Algerian offer to help. Algiers said last week it would take in the refugees after the United Nations urged both sides to help the Syrians, who include a pregnant woman and have been stranded in […]

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France Defence Minister hails Egypt efforts in fighting terrorism

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

France’s minister of defence, Sylvie Goulard, expressed praise for Al-Azhar on Monday; for his role in fighting extremist ideology, as well as Egypt’s international influence in combating terrorism. According to a press statement, the conversation occurred during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Egyptian Defence Minister Sedky Sobhy […]

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Algeria calls for common effort in tackling regional issues

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Monday that the countries of the region have to maintain continuous coordination to face together challenges when he held talks with visiting Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts. “The situation in Libya and the importance of permanent coordination at the level of Libya’s neighboring countries, particularly Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, were […]

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Algerian, Egyptian, Tunisian FMs discuss solutions to Libyan crisis

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

The foreign ministers of Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt have held a tripartite meeting on Monday in Algeria, to discuss the situation in Libya and find a political solution for the crisis in order to tackle later security issues, especially combating ISIS. The meeting, which will end today, will be followed by a communique that presents […]

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Saudi, Egypt FMs to meet in Cairo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister is expected to meet with his Egyptian counterpart amid efforts to resolve differences on the Syrian conflict and other regional flashpoints. In October, the Saudis halted oil shipments to Cairo after it voted in favor of a UN resolution favorable to the Syrian government. They were resumed in March before an […]

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Sudan, Egypt hold talks to ease tensions

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

Officials from Sudan and Egypt on Saturday held “honest” and “transparent” discussions following months of tension between the two Afro-Arab neighbors, but appeared to make little headway to patch up their differences, primarily over a border region held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.

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DRC army fights rebels in east

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

A military spokesperson says 11 people kidnapped by rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been released after days of fighting. Captain Mak Hazukay Mongba said on Monday that residents of Mamundioma village were freed on Sunday near the Virunga National Park after the military intensified fighting against Allied Democratic Forces rebels. The ADF […]

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US urges UN to investigate DRC murders

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

The United States on Monday urged the United Nations to establish a special investigation into the murder of two UN experts who had been gathering evidence of mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo. US Ambassador Nikki Haley, in Geneva for meetings of the UN Human Rights Council, also said a separate formal commission […]

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France rules out military solution in Libya

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Comments Off

France on Tuesday ruled out a military solution in Libya, reiterating commitment to dialogue to end the crisis. During a recent visit to Tunisia, the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed Paris commitment to a political solution in Libya through dialogue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a statement.

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Libya govt orders formation of seven military zones

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Comments Off

The Presidential Council of the UN-proposed government ordered the formation of seven military zones in Libya, naming them as: Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk, Sabha, Al-Kufra, Central Region, and Western Region. The ordinance that was signed by Fayez Al-Sirraj said the seven zones will be under the command of the Libyan army and the General Staff of […]

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Sudan’s FM to visit Egypt

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said he will visit Cairo on Saturday to hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry within the framework of the joint Sudanese-Egyptian political consultations committee. Ghandour on Sunday cancelled a planned trip to Cairo, saying “we told our brothers in Egypt about the postponement of the visit due to […]

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France to re-open embassy in Libya when security conditions are met

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Comments Off

France said on Friday it wanted to re-open its embassy in Libya as soon as security conditions permit. Libyan officials claimed this week that Paris was mulling re-opening its diplomatic mission in Tripoli, but Foreign Ministry officials said that this would only come about if this could be done in conditions that allow the mission […]

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Heavy clashes, airstrikes in central Libya

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Comments Off

Since late at night on Thursday and up until today evening, clashes between Operation Dignity forces backed up by air raids from Egyptian warplanes and Benghazi Defence Brigades and Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous brigades positioned in Waddan and Sokna towns in Jufra, central Libya. According to sources from Jufra, the airstrikes were conducted by Egyptian warplanes allying […]

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