Archive for February, 2015

UNSC to hold emergency meeting on Ukraine

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Friday on the ceasefire deal in eastern Ukraine that is showing tentative signs of taking hold, diplomats said. France and Germany requested the meeting of the 15-member council as Ukraine’s military began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline and fighting with pro-Russian rebels appeared […]

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New Tuareg chief calls for Mali peace and unity

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

The new Tuareg tribal chief in Mali’s Kidal region rejected the struggle for independence or autonomy in the northern desert in a statement on Wednesday, instead issuing a plea for unity. The stance puts him on a collision course with Tuareg rebels who are demanding a separate homeland in the vast swathe of land they […]

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Egypt, Jordan discuss cooperation on fight against terror

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met King Abdullah II of Jordan on Thursday as the two held a “closed session” in which they discussed concerted efforts in the “fight against terrorism”, a presidential statement said on Thursday. The statement added that military and security cooperation between the two states has been “deepening” and that both […]

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Algeria, Kenya sign cooperation in energy sector

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Algeria to promote bilateral cooperation in the fields of oil, gas and power. The agreement was signed by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed and Algieria’s Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamr. It is aimed to improve and stimulate economic and industrial development in both […]

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NATO chief calls on Russia to withdraw its military equipment from Ukraine

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Feb. 26 that any attempt to expand territory held by separatists in Ukraine would be “unacceptable” and told Russia to withdraw 1,000 items of military equipment from its neighbour’s territory. Speaking after meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the alliance’s secretary general expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of a shaky truce holding between […]

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Egypt army kills dozens of Islamist militants in Sinai

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt’s military killed dozens of suspected Islamist militants in an operation in Sinai, security sources said on Wednesday, while state media reported the kidnapping of a businessman in the region. Apache helicopter gunships killed 18 suspected militants after they destroyed four vans in North Sinai, security sources in the remote but strategic region said.

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Egypt continue evacuations of its citizens from Libya

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

More than one thousand Egyptian nationals will be evacuated, Thursday, from Djerba/Zarzis international airport, thanks to five chartered flights from Cairo. One of the planes had already landed, Wednesday after midnight, transporting the remains of an Egyptian shot dead, ten days ago, in Libya, according to an Egyptian official who accompanied his countrymen coming from […]

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UN underlines the need of more aid for Sahrawis region

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

Uhe World Food Programme (WFP) and other United Nations agencies have urged on donors to continue their food aid for the Sahrawis living in refugee camps Tindouf (Algeria), warning of the insufficient funding to meet their needs in the second half of current year. WFP Deputy Director in Algeria Francesca Caponera said that “a halt […]

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CJTF-OIR strikes 31 IS positions in Syria and Iraq

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

The US-led coalition launched a total of 31 airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIL between 8 a.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. on Friday, local time, the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced in a statement. In Syria, attack, fighter, bomber, and drone aircraft launched 20 airstrikes: near Al Hasakah, where […]

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First deaths reported in Ukraine shake ceasefire

Friday, February 27, 2015 Comments Off

Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a “military threat” even if the truce is solid. Government troops fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east began towing artillery away from the front line on Thursday, a […]

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US condemns attack on Christians by IS in Syria

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

The US has condemned the Islamic State’s attacks on predominantly Assyrian Christian villages in the northeast Syria and called for the immediate and unconditional release of the civilians taken captive. “ISIL’s latest targeting of a religious minority is only further testament to its brutal and inhumane treatment of all those who disagree with its divisive […]

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Syrian Kurds press big offensive against IS in northeast of Syria

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northeast Syria Feb. 25, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group that recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts. The new Kurdish offensive launched at the weekend was […]

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Egyptian air strikes kill seven in Libyan city of Derna

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

Seven civilians were killed when Egyptian jets attacked suspected Islamist militant targets in the eastern Libyan city of Derna last week, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing eyewitnesses. Egypt had flown air strikes last Monday against Islamic State targets, a day after the militant group released a video showing the beheading of a group of […]

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Kenyan President started 3 day visit to Algeria

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has started Tuesday a three-day to Algeria at the invitation of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Kenyatta was welcomed upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport by Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of the Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and Minister for Maghreb […]

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US, Egyptian Defence Ministers discuss security cooperation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

Egyptian Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi and his American counterpart Ash Carter reaffirmed late Tuesday “their shared commitment to strengthening the security partnership between Egypt and the United States,” said the Pentagon spokesman. Carter expressed condolences to Egypt for victims of a recent attack on Egyptian nationals in Libya, in a phone call with Sobhi, said […]

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Morsi verdict set for May 16

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

A Cairo court scheduled the verdict date for the trial of former president Mohamed Mursi and 130 others for May 16, during a session on Wednesday. Brotherhood politician Mursi and the rest of the defendants face charges of murder and attempted murder of policemen, torching government buildings, breaking into prison and helping prisoners escape, in […]

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South Sudan scale of conflict slightly declines

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

The scale and severity of the conflict has recently declined, the number of displaced and refugees has continued to grow, reaching two million people, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told the Security Council. During his briefing, Simonovic confirmed that there are thousands more civilians dead and further humanitarian law and human rights […]

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Mogherini, Ban discuss Ukraine crisis

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini last night held a phone conversation with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the situation in Ukraine. They discussed the need to coordinate the ongoing efforts to support the implementation of the Minsk agreements and in particular the strengthening of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in […]

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France threatens of more sanctions on Russia if Mariupol is attacked

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Comments Off

Moscow would face more EU sanctions if pro-Russia separatists attack the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday, potentially opening a corridor to the south, including the annexed Crimean peninsula. Kiev fears Mariupol, with its 500,000 people, could be the next major rebel target after separatists took the strategic railroad […]

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Egyptian FM visits Tunisia

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry started a foreign tour Tuesday, which will include Tunisia, France, Russia, and China, state media reported. During his visits, Shoukry will hold talks with the foreign ministers of Tunisia, Russia, China, as well as a meeting with Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, in Paris. The meetings will cover […]

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Modi to take final decision on Rafale jets

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar appear to have sorted out one of the key issues holding up the estimated $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. A final decision is expected to be taken before Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his […]

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Egypt closes its Yemen embassy over deterioration of security

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt shut its embassy in Sanaa and recalled all its staff on Monday due to deteriorating security, state media said, joining a diplomatic exodus since Shiite militia seized the Yemeni capital. Long on the front line of the US war against al-Qaeda, Yemen has descended into chaos since the Shiite Huthi militia swept into Sanaa […]

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Malian PM calls for swift agreement in Algiers peace talks

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Mali’s Prime Minister Modibo Keita urged a swift agreement in negotiations with rebels restarting this week in Algiers, saying progress was “looking very good” toward a definitive peace deal in the north. Attempts to reach an accord between Mali’s government and the mostly Tuareg rebel movements demanding more autonomy in the country’s north have been […]

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Algerian FM: Egypt airstrikes will not change regional countries commitment to dialogue in Libya

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Airstrikes conducted by Egyptian air force against a site of the terrorist organization “Islamic State” (IS/Daech) in Libya “are not likely to fundamentally change the commitment of countries in the region to an inclusive dialogue in Libya,” Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra stressed Monday.

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Egypt takes part in Nile Basin Meeting after long absence

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

A meeting of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries held in Khartoum on Saturday (February 21) was attended by all members said Sudan’s Minister for Irrigation and Electricity, Moatez Moussa. Mr. Moussa said that the NBI members had agreed to prioritize the interests of their people and promote cooperation for the management and development of […]

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German, French FMs call for complete ceasefire in Ukraine

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France have called for a total ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out the “apocalyptic scenario” of all-out war. Top diplomats from the four countries, whose leaders hammered out the initial peace plan in the Belarussian capital Minsk 12 days ago, met in Paris, […]

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UK to send personnel over Ukraine to train troops

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Comments Off

Britain will send military personnel to Ukraine over the course of next month to help advise and train Ukrainian government forces, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. Speaking before a House of Commons committee, Cameron said up to 75 British service personnel divided into four teams would be deployed to a zone away from the area of conflict in eastern Ukraine “to provide […]

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Pro-Russian rebels continue hostilities in Mariupol

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

Pro-Russian forces massing near Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol are continuing to attack government troop positions, Kiev says, fuelling concerns for the fate of an internationally brokered ceasefire. Continued hostilities there and elsewhere meant a pull-back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed, Ukrainian officials said. “As Ukrainian positions are still being fired […]

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Kenyan President to visit Algeria

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

President Uhuru Kenyatta will make a three-day State visit to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria from February 24, 2015. The visit comes after Kenya recently opened a resident mission in Algiers and posted Ambassador Moi Lemoshira to promote diplomatic relations between the two countries. Previously, Kenya’s embassy in Cairo was responsible for Algeria.

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Security is Tunisia’s Major Challenge Today, says country’s PM

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid called on governors to discharge their missions in countering terrorism and protecting borders against any threat to the national security. « Tunisia’s major challenge today is security, which requires a firm action, » he said, Saturday, in his opening address of the Conference of Governors.

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French Defence Minister to visit India, meet counterpart

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi on Tuesday to salvage a deal to supply 126 Dassault fighter jets that has stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft. Under the terms of the contract, 18 of the Rafale planes will be sold ready to fly while the rest […]

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Over 14k Egyptians return from Libya since 16 February

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

The number of Egyptians returning home from Libya has so far reached 14,806 since 16 February, Brigadier General Fawzi Nayel, an official at Salloum Port said on Monday. Nayel added that the numbers are surveyed every 24 hours, with Egypt receiving 3,018 on Sunday. The border has witnessed increasing number of Egyptians coming from Libya following the […]

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Morsi trial to continue on February 25

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial in the case widely known as the “prison break” trial, against ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others, to a 25 February session. The case dates back to the early days of the 25 January Revolution in 2011, whereby the prosecution accuses Morsi and 34 Muslim Brotherhood […]

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France moves carrier in Gulf to fight IS

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

France deployed an aircraft carrier in the Gulf today as part of the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, a defence ministry official said. “The integration of the Charles de Gaulle in the operation… (in Iraq) begins this morning,” a member of Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s staff said as […]

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Biden speaks Ukraine crisis with Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko

Monday, February 23, 2015 Comments Off

US Vice President Joe Biden spoke separately Friday with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko to discuss the latest situation in eastern Ukraine, noted a statement from the White House. In the calls Biden “Strongly condemned the offensive by Russia-backed separatists in the Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, which was directly supported by […]

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