Archive for March, 2015

Arab leaders hold summit in Egypt on joint military force

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Arab leaders have agreed to form a joint military force, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Sunday at a summit overshadowed by a Saudi-led offensive on Shi’ite rebels in Yemen. Arab representatives would meet over the next month to study the creation of the force, according to the resolution adopted by the leaders on […]

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US paratroopers to train some Ukrainian soldiers in April

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Around 900 Ukrainian servicemen will be trained by American paratroopers in a series of training sessions that will kick off on April 20, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced on his Facebook page on March 29. The training will take place at Yavoriv military base in Lviv Oblast in western Ukraine. “The agreement on joint exercises […]

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Afghan security forces kill over 70 rebels during operations

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Around eighty insurgents and eleven Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed during operations in several provinces, claimed Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday. According to the MoD, 68 rebels were killed in Andar and Waghaz districts of southern Ghazni province and over 20 insurgents were killed in Badakhshan and Kunar provinces. It confirmed that […]

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South Africa President visits Algeria

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

South Africa President Jacob Zuma will on Monday undertake a two-day State Visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Presidency announced on Sunday. “The objective of the visit is to further strengthen and consolidate the strategic and historical bilateral relations between the two countries,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

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Mali President calls for urgent signing of Algiers Agreement

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita called those who have not yet signed March 1st’s Peace and Reconciliation Agreement of Algiers to do so or “straight out” sign it “as soon as possible” for the establishment of lasting peace in Mali.

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UN keeps arms embargo for Libya

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday to step up the fight against Islamic extremists in Libya but without lifting the arms embargo. Libya, backed by Egypt, had asked for an end to the arms embargo to allow the embattled government to build up its army and take on groups such as […]

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Tunisian security forces kill 9 militants before solidarity march

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Tunisia forces killed nine militants, including a top commander, during a raid late on Saturday, the government said, hours before world leaders were due to march in Tunis in solidarity after an attack on the Bardo museum this month. French President Francois Hollande was among those expected to attend the march, along with thousands of Tunisians, after the attack nearly […]

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Yemen’s main airport paralysed by Saudi-led strikes

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Arab coalition warplanes targeting Iran-backed rebels bombed the runway at the Yemeni capital’s international airport and killed 15 pro-rebel troops elsewhere in Sanaa, military and aviation sources said today. On the fourth night of raids against Shiite rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi-led strikes paralysed the airport in the […]

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Pakistan backs Saudi Arabia over Yemen strikes

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz that he will soon send a high-level delegation to Riyadh to discuss cooperation for the Saudi-led strikes on Yemen, a top diplomat said. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told a press conference late on Saturday that the delegation could depart within 24 to […]

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“NEW” EUROPE(S?): FACING AN “OLD-STYLE” RUSSIA

Saturday, March 28, 2015 Comments Off

The recent evolutions in Europe are marked by the political crisis generated by the development in Ukraine, and by the economic crisis (itself turned into a political one) that affects most visibly Greece, but also other European states. Analysts see them as indicators of a geopolitical shift generated by what they call “the return of […]

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Ukraine receives first US Humvees

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday (Mar 25) took delivery of 10 US armoured vehicles, two days after American lawmakers voted to urge President Barack Obama to provide “lethal” aid to Kiev. Dressed in camouflage, the Ukraine leader thanked Washington for the 10 Humvees, the first of 30 promised by Washington, as they arrived at […]

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EC chief to vissit Ukraine

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine’s embattled government. Juncker, who will be accompanied by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, will jointly lead a cabinet meeting with President Petro Poroshenko […]

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Seven soldiers kille in Benghazi attack

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Seven Libyan soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded by a suicide attack on an army checkpoint in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to military sources. Investigation officer of the army’s special forces Fadl Al-Hassi conformed on Tuesday the casualties, saying the suicide bomber used an armored car.

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Indian PM to embark for Europe tour

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany on April 12. On the third […]

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US to maintain 10k troops in Afghanistan through end of year

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he approved Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s request for “some flexibility on our drawdown timelines. “I’ve consulted with General Campbell in Afghanistan. My national security team and I’ve decided that we will maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of this year,” Obama said at a joint […]

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Over thirty militants killed in air strikes in northern Pakistan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

At least thirty militants were killed in fresh air strikes by security forces in Khyber tribal region of northern Pakistan, said the military on Wednesday. According to the Pakistan military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), those killed also included important commanders of terrorists. Two caches of arms and ammunition

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Malian President, Algerian PM meet in Algiers

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita received Monday in Algiers Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, who paid him a courtesy visit. The audience took place in the state residence of Zeralda attended by Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra and Minister of Industry and Mines, Abdessalam Bouchouareb. Mali president arrived Sunday in Algiers for a three-day state visit at […]

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Malian President visits Algeria

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has received Monday in Algiers his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who is on a state visit to Algeria. The audience was attended by Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, State Minister, Principal Private Secretary to the Presidency of the […]

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Turkey urges Iraq to support Sunnis and Kurds in fight against IS

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

The Iraqi government should gain the support the country’s Sunnis to regain their confidence in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, stressing an armed struggle against the jihadist group would not be sufficient without the support of all Iraqi people, especially its Sunnis. […]

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South Sudan presidency term extended by 3 years

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Lawmakers in South Sudan on Tuesday voted to extend the tenure of President Salva Kiir by three years, a move the government had said was necessary for stability amid an ongoing rebellion led by a former deputy president. The measure, passed by more than two-thirds of the legislators on Tuesday, also extends the tenure of […]

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Three Egyptian soldiers killed in North Sinai attack

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Three Egyptian soldiers were killed on Tuesday in the Sinai peninsula. A conscript was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the city of Al-Arish in North Sinai. The attackers were riding a car when they shot the conscript near Al-Arish’s central security headquarters.

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US House pass resolution to provide arms to Ukraine

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Monday night asking President Obama to send lethal arms to Ukraine, media said. Representatives endorsed the resolution in a 348 to 48 vote, and such a proposal is also likely to enjoy widespread support in the Senate.

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Poroshenko claims army retakes most of Donbass region

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has claimed that “70 percent” of the country’s Donbass region has been retaken from pro-Russian separatists. Speaking on Monday during a meeting of military commanders in Ukraine’s National University of Defense, Poroshenko said more than 100 residential areas had been retaken in more than 40 operations between 5 and 23 August last year.

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Turkish FM voices support for Ukraine territorial integrity

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has stressed that Turkey pays utmost importance to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and supports the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, during a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kiev. Çavuşoğlu, who accompanied President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his visit to Ukraine last weekend, met with […]

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US, Afghanistan announce new development partnership

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a “new development partnership” with Afghanistan that includes USD 800 million in aid and plans for the Pentagon to request funding for 352,000 Afghan Security Force personnel through 2017. The details were announced in a press conference where Kerry spoke alongside Secretary of Defense (DoD) Ash Carter, Afghan President […]

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Turkey to provide training for Syrian rebels in province of Hatay

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey will provide a military facility in the southern province of Hatay, along with the Hirfanlı military base in the central Anatolian province of Kırşehir, for the training-equip program with the U.S. in the struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a Turkish official announced.

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Egypt, Ethiopia discuss Nile agreement

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

The leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt said on Tuesday that they are hopeful talks over sharing Nile River waters will end in agreement. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told reporters in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where he is on an official visit, that Ethiopia and Egypt are “on the right path to cooperation” following […]

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UN envoy outlines plan for unity govt in Libya

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

he United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon on Tuesday set out proposals to end the conflict between Libya’s two rival governments. Leon proposed the formation of a presidential council made up of independent personalities acceptable to all sides, the UN Support Mission in Libya said. The House of Representatives, the parliament elected last year which is […]

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Tunisia delays museum reopening

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Tunisia’s national museum on Tuesday delayed a planned reopening after last week’s attack on foreign tourists due to security concerns, its head of communications Hanene Srarfi said. “We have been surprised at the last minute, but the interior ministry says that for security reasons we cannot receive a large number of visitors,” she said, adding […]

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Tunisian security forces remain on high alert

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

One Tunisian soldier was killed and two wounded in a landmine blast late on Sunday in a central region bordering Algeria where security forces have been fighting Islamist militants, authorities said. Tunisian forces are on high alert after gunmen stormed the Bardo museum in Tunis last week, killing 20 foreign tourists in the worst attack […]

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Somalia, AU troops retake strategic island in south of country

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

Somali government forces backed by African Union troops have recaptured a strategic island on the country’s south coast from Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, officials and witnesses said Monday. A statement from the AU’s AMISON force said Kudha island, situated in the autonomous Lower Juba region and around 70 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of the port city […]

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Turkey, Ukraine discuss free trade zone

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have given orders for work on creating a free trade zone between Ukraine and Turkey to be expedited, Erdogan said in Kyiv, after talks with Poroshenko.

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NATO says arms supply for Ukraine is an option

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

General Philip Breedlove, Commander of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe of NATO command operations, Sunday said that small arms shipments to Ukraine are still an option. “I do not think that any tool of the US or any other power should necessarily be off the table,” he told the Brussels Forum, an annual conference organized […]

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African Union President to visit Algeria

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and President of the African Union Robert Mugabe will start Tuesday, a three-day state visit to Algeria at the invitation of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the presidency of the Republic said Monday in statement.

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign Nile agreement

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have signed an initial agreement on how to share water from the Nile River that runs through the three countries, as Ethiopia constructs a massive new dam it hopes will help alleviate some of its electricity shortages.

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