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Egypt court upholds life sentence against Morsi

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

A top Egyptian court upheld on Saturday a life sentence for ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in a case revolving around state documents leaked to Qatar, a judicial official said. The Court of Cassation ruling, which is final, overthrew a 15-year sentence for Morsi on charges of stealing the documents, handed during the initial sentencing.

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UN seeks more peacekeepers for Central African Republic

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is requesting about 750 more troops to help fill a “security vacuum” worsened by the withdrawal of US special forces as violence surges again, according to a confidential cable obtained by The Associated Press.

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Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis

Monday, September 18, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar visited neighbouring Tunisia on Monday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions. Libya, which plunged into chaos after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, has two rival governments and parliaments, as well as several militia […]

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UN promotes mediation to end Libya chaos and restore peace

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution welcoming recent efforts to bring opposing sides together in Libya – a conflict that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says is ripe for mediation to end years of chaos and restore peace.

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Egyptian, Saudi begin joint war games

Friday, September 15, 2017 Comments Off

Warplanes from allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia have begun joint war games that are coinciding with separate drills between Egypt and both the United States and Russia. Thursday’s announcement by Egypt’s official MENA news agency says the Saudi-Egyptian games are being held in Egypt and will last several days. It gave no further details.

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Egypt cuts military ties with North Korea

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the agency’s report, but the move follows last month’s decision by the United States to cut […]

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CAR: Over 25 dead in armed groups clashes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

At least 25 people in the Central African Republic have been killed in recent sectarian clashes between armed groups, while a new wave of thousands have been made homeless by the violence, the UN said on Tuesday. In the central city of Bria, preliminary estimates indicate “at least 10 bodies and about 50 wounded” after […]

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6 al-Shabaab killed in Somalia by US drone strikes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

The US has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabaab extremist group, the military said on Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist organisation. A US Africa Command statement said on Wednesday morning’s strikes occurred about 260km south of the capital, Mogadishu. The statement, […]

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Two Egypt soldiers, 6 jihadists killed in ‘foiled’ attack

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military said two soldiers and six jihadists were killed in a “foiled” suicide bombing in Sinai on Wednesday, days after the Islamic State group staged a large scale attack in the peninsula. The bomber had taken advantage of a fog to creep up on an army “installation” when troops spotted and killed him, the […]

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US Secretary of State to visit London for talks on Libya, North Korea

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit London next week for UK-hosted talks on North Korea and Libya, the State Department said in a press release. “Tillerson will travel to London from September 13 through September 14 for UK-hosted meetings on DPRK [North Korea] and Libya,” the release said on Friday.

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UN troops to arrive in Libya soon

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Envoy to Libya has revealed that 250 UN troops will arrive in the North African state in the coming weeks, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday. Ghassan Salama made his comments in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

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Tunisian FM meets UNSMIL chief

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al Jheinawi on Tuesday met the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salama. The meeting centered on the Libyan issue, especially the meeting on Libya called by the UN Secretary General in New York in September, and the meeting which the AU High Level Presidents Committee on […]

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Tunisia to participate in 3rd meeting of AU Committee on Libya

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia will participate in the 3rd meeting of the High Level Committee of the African Union (AU) on the Libyan crisis, scheduled for Saturday, September 9, in Congo-Brazzaville. Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui will head the Tunisian delegation to the meeting as representative of President Béji Caïd Essebsi.

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Egypt, US armies to resume joint exercise

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s military will host a biennial exercise with the US army next week for the first time since 2009, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The Bright Star exercise, scheduled every two years since 1981, will take place this year from September 10 to 20, it said.

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South Sudan asks US to reconsider sanctions on top officials

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

South Sudan says it is asking the United States to reconsider the sanctions it has imposed on two senior government members, a former official and three companies. Foreign ministry spokesperson Mawien Makol calls the sanctions announced on Wednesday “very unfortunate”.

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UN to vote sanctions regime for Mali

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council will vote Tuesday on a draft resolution presented by France that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali, the council’s Ethiopian presidency said Saturday. The move is backed by Mali’s government, which earlier told the council that repeated ceasefire violations by jihadists threatened to derail a 2015 peace agreement ending […]

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Egypt, India discuss bilateral relations

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China on Tuesday. India and Egypt have a strong economic relationship and cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism.

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Over 10 soldiers killed in Somalia attack

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

More than 10 soldiers died on Sunday and several others were wounded when Al-Qaeda-aligned Shabaab militants stormed a base in southern Somalia, security sources said. The militants drove a truck loaded with explosives to the main entrance of the base in Bulogadud, about 70km from the port town of Kismayo and then attacked the soldiers.

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French FM visits Tripoli, pledges support for solving Libya crisis

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian held talks in Tripoli on Monday pledging his country’s support for efforts to resolve Libya’s political and security chaos. “This is a signal of the commitment of France, of President (Emmanuel) Macron’s will, to contribute to resolving this crisis,” Le Drian told reporters on a visit to the Libyan […]

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Egypt condemns Kabul attack

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt has condemned the attack on a mosque in Kabul, which resulted in the death of 28 people and injuries to 50 others. In a statement issued yesterday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that the government and people of Egypt stand with the government and people of Afghanistan in the face of terrorism, […]

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Sudan says border dispute will beset ties with Egypt

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s foreign minister says the border dispute with Egypt will remain a “potential irritant” in relations until it is resolved. Speaking this week in an interview with the Sudanese TV channel Ashorooq, Ibrahim al-Ghandour also says the dispute is a “thorn in the side of relations” between the two Afro-Arab nations.

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UK pledges $250m aid for Nigeria to rebuild Boko Haram destruction

Friday, September 1, 2017 Comments Off

Britain’s foreign secretary and aid chief have pledged more than $250m in humanitarian support for northeastern Nigeria to help build stability after destruction by Boko Haram’s extremist insurgency.

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Egypt FM visits Romania

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Sameh Shoukry met with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu in Bucharest on Tuesday for wide-ranging talks, marking the final stage of the Egyptian minister’s European tour. Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Tuesday, signing three memorandums of understanding between the two […]

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UN envoy announces high-level meeting on Libya

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Ghassan Salame, the United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has announced a high level meeting chaired by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will take place next month following talks that Mr Salame is holding in the country this week.

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Egypt hosts first Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi chaired on Thursday the first meeting of the Supreme Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism. El-Sisi called on the council to adopt a comprehensive national strategy to combat both domestic and international terrorism and extremism within a framework that covers the security, cultural, economic, social and media aspects.

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Somalia peacekeeping mission gets renewed

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union’s multinational peacekeeping force in Somalia is shrinking slightly by the end of the year as it heads toward planned withdrawal from the country by 2020. The United Nations Security Council renewed the decade-old mission on Wednesday until the end of next May. The renewal makes some changes that reflect efforts to start […]

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Tunisian FM, US Ambassador discuss relations

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, on Tuesday, discussed with United States Ambassador in Tunis Daniel Rubinstein the reality of the Tunisian-US relations and prospects for expanding them in all fields, the upcoming bilateral events and a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest. According to a Ministry press release, the two sides reviewed […]

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UK FM visits Libya

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Foreign Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson arrived in Tripoli and met with the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, on Wednesday. The British ambassador to Libya, Peter Mellitt also attended the meeting. Johnson renewed UK’s support for Libya’s Presidential Council efforts to strike agreement among all parties in the country.

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Egypt’s leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns. Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was in Cairo as part of a Middle East tour aimed […]

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US delays nearly $200 million in military aid to Egypt

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Trump administration is delaying nearly $200 million in military aid payments to Egypt pending human rights improvements. Under US law, the secretary of state must certify that Egypt is meeting human rights conditions or determine that it is in the US national interest to release the money.

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Turkey condemns recent Mali terror attacks

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the UN mission in Mali over the past two days, Foreign Ministry said in a statement. In the statement issued Tuesday, the ministry conveyed condolences to “the families who lost their loved ones, the brotherly people of Mali and staff of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission […]

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Egypt, Somalia discuss bilateral relations

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed Egypt’s support for Somalia at a meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Sunday in Cairo, a presidential statement read. This is the first time El-Sisi has received his Somali counterpart since he was elected in February 2017 El-Sisi hailed the “distinguished and historical relations between Egypt and Somalia, […]

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Sudan’s defence minister in Cairo for talks on regional security

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf and his Egyptian counterpart Sobhi Sedki Sunday held talks on threats to the regional security and stability, according to the official news agency. The meeting comes after the capture of Egyptian armoured vehicles used by Sudanese armed groups in a joint attack on the government forces by two rebel […]

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Nigerian president vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

Monday, August 21, 2017 Comments Off

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will reinvigorate its campaign against the Islamic extremist insurgency in the country’s northeast as he spoke to the nation for the first time on Monday after returning from London where he spent more than three months for medical treatment. “Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly […]

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Sudan receives invitation to join U.S.-Egypt military exercises

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan has received an invitation to take part in a joint U.S.-Egyptian military training exercise this October in Egypt, a first for the country in almost thirty years according to the Sudanese Defense Ministry. General Emad al-Din Adawi announced the invitation to join the Bright Star exercises that will take place in Egypt after he […]

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