Archive for April, 2015

Some Kenya security officials could face charges after Garissa attack

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

Nine Kenyan security officials from Garissa have been suspended and could face charges of criminal negligence over the massacre at the town’s university earlier this month, the government announced on Tuesday. Militants from Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels attacked the university in the northeastern town of Garissa on April 2, lining up non-Muslim students for execution […]

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UN to push for Western Sahara negotiations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

The UN Security Council is set to push for more intensive negotiations to settle the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara, at the centre of tensions between Morocco and African countries. A draft resolution under discussion this week extends the mandate of the MINURSO peace mission for a year and calls for a political solution, diplomats […]

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Saudi-led coalition ends air strikes in Yemen, enters political phase

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

A Saudi-led coalition declared an end April 21 to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying it had eliminated the threat posed by Iran-backed rebels, as Washington welcomed the move and urged talks to end the crisis. Despite the claims of success in a campaign launched by Sunni Arab nations to restore the authority […]

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French Defense Minister says security of Europe and Mideast are related

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed Monday the interrelation between the security and stability of Europe, on one hand, and that of the Middle East and the Arab region on the other. The situations in the Arab region impact not only on the French nationals in the region but on the citizens inside […]

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India, France to finalise Rafale deal by end of May

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

India and France aim to finalise the deal for 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the end of May, according to defence industry sources. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is believed to have insisted on this deadline with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris, soon after announcing the fighters’ […]

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SHIFTING SANDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: A CLOSER LOOK AT DAESH

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

The recent Mediterranean migrant boat disasters, which highlighted the dimensions of the people-smuggling originating from war-torn Libya and aiming to Europe, as well as the savage killings’ video released at the same time by DAESH[1], also in Libya, shed a new light over the new activities of this terrorist group. The estimated toll of the […]

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UN convoy attacked in Somalia, seven killed

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Comments Off

At least seven people were killed in an attack on a UN vehicle in Garowe, the capital of Puntland in northeastern Somalia, on Monday. Four UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) staff members were among the dead and four other staff members were in serious condition, the agency said in a statement.

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US paratroopers start training Ukrainian forces

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Comments Off

US paratroopers on Monday began training Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on in the ex-Soviet country. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko welcomed troops from the US 173rd Airborne Brigade in a rain-soaked ceremony at a military base in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to launch […]

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Egypt army, militants clash in North Sinai

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt’s armed forces killed 57 suspected militants in raids it conducted in North Sinai during the past 10 days, the army spokesman announced on Monday. Spokesman Mohamed Samir said in a statement that the armed forces conducted raids on the North Sinai cities of al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah from April 9 to April 19.

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Morsi could face death sentence in first trial

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt’s ex-president Mohammed Morsi faces being sentenced to death on Tuesday on charges of inciting the killing of protestors in the first verdict against him nearly two years after his fall from power. He also faces the death penalty in two other trials, including one in which he is accused of spying for foreign powers, […]

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International countries condemn IS slaughter of Ethiopian Christians

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

The international community has condemned the slaughter of at least 28 Ethiopian Christians in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) video, with Ethiopia confirming that the victims were its citizens. “This not a clash of civilizations, this not a fight between Islam and the West,” an EU spokesman said in a statement. […]

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Modi wraps up visit to Europe

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday returned to India after concluding a successful three-nation, nine day tour of France, Germany and Canada, landing at the Palam Air Force Station in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including the party’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and Vijay Goel, were present to receive Prime Minister Modi, […]

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Lebanon receives first part of French military equipment

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Lebanon received today the first batch of French armaments under a Saudi-financed deal worth US$3 billion to boost the country’s defensive capabilities. The handing over ceremony was held at Beirut Air Base and attended by Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Sameer Muqbel, French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon, […]

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Hollande strognly condemns IS attack in Libya

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande on Monday “expressed indignation” after reports that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) executed 28 Christians in Libya because of their faith. Hollande “condemned in the firmest manner the abuses committed by Daesh (ISIL) against civilian populations, no matter what their origin or their religion,” according to a […]

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Heavy clashes continue in Yemen

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said today, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes since the coalition air war began […]

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France, Russia discuss frozen Mistral deal

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande said April 19 that negotiations with Moscow were under way to find a solution to a dispute over the sale of two Mistral warships, frozen over the Ukraine crisis. “We are busy negotiating a solution to the crisis,” over the 1.2 billion euro ($1.5 billion) sale, Hollande said on French television.

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Pakistan affirms readiness to help on UN resolution on Yemen

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan on Thursday expressed readiness to help in implementation of a UN Security Council resolution on Yemen which banned arms supply to the Shia Houthi rebels in the war-torn country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on the Yemen situation here. According to an official statement, the meeting was briefed by a high-level […]

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Thousands flee Iraqi city of Ramadi due to heavy conflict

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Over 2,000 families have been forced to flee the Iraqi city of Ramadi owing to heavy clashes between the Islamic State (IS) militants and government forces. Most of the displaced families headed to capital Baghdad and settled in predominantly Sunni districts in southern and western Baghdad, a security source said.

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Over 70 killed in Yemen fight

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

At least 76 people were killed in Yemen today as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out of […]

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Hollande, Putin to discuss Ukraine in Armenia

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande will discuss the Ukraine crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a visit to Armenia on April 24. A source in Hollande’s office said April 17 that Putin and Hollande will attend a ceremony in Yerevan marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

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Spain calls on all Malian sides to sign Algiers settlement agreement

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

The Spanish Foreign Ministry on Thursday called on Malian parties to sign the peace agreement signed on March 1 in Algiers by the Malian government and three Malian armed groups, saying it is the best way to achieving peace and national reconciliation in Mali.

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Libya opposing parliaments hold peace talks

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

UN envoy Bernardino Leon on Thursday shuttled between delegates of Libya’s rival parliaments in Morocco as he pushed for a unity government to stem growing unrest in their country. Libya has been divided since the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with rival governments and parliaments and armed groups battling for control of its […]

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Nigerian President says no need for UN to deploy forces to fight Boko Haram

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Nigeria’s outgoing president told the United Nations on Thursday not to focus on deploying an international force to fight Boko Haram but instead help victims of its terror. President Goodluck Jonathan met with the U.N. special representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, as Nigeria is accused of blocking a strong U.N. Security Council mandate […]

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At least ten killed after Boko Haram attack in north Cameroon

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Fighters from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram killed at least 10 people in overnight attacks on two villages in neighbouring northern Cameroon, two senior army sources said on Friday. Soldiers from Nigeria, alongside troops from neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon, have driven Boko Haram out of many border areas seized by the group this year, […]

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Tunisian FM, French ambassador discuss bilateral relations

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche met, Friday in Tunis, ambassador of France in Tunis François Gouyette. The meeting, which took place a few days after President Béji Caid Essebsi’s state visit to France, discussed “the large  opportunities provided to further strengthen the excellent and intense Tunisian-French relations,” a statement of the Foreign Ministry reads.

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French, Morrocan MPs discuss bilateral cooperation in fight against terror

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

The participants in the 2nd French-Moroccan Parliamentary Forum, held on Thursday, stressed the need to step up bilateral partnership to fight terrorism and develop a comprehensive approach against this phenomenon. In the final statement adopted at the end of this forum, Moroccan and French parliamentarians noted that France and Morocco share a tradition of openness that […]

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Canada to send 200 trainers to assist Ukrainian personnel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Around 200 Canadian soldiers will be sent to western Ukraine to help train its soldiers and military police, the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in Ottawa on April 14.  The Canadian Forces will assist British and U.S. troops in a non-combat role beginning this summer, based mostly at the NATO training centre in Yavoriv, close […]

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Six Ukrainian soldiers killed in new clashes with rebels

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has escalated over the past 24 hours, leaving six government troops dead and 12 wounded, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Tuesday. Fighting including heavy shelling broke out late on Monday evening and continued in the early hours of Tuesday on the outskirts of Donetsk, the pro-Russian separatists’ stronghold in eastern Ukraine, according to military […]

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Egypt, Saudi Arabia agree to hold common military exercises

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to carry out a major strategic military exercise in the latter’s territory, which is to be joined by other Gulf and Arab states, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in a statement. The statement came after a meeting between al-Sisi and the visiting Saudi Defence Minister, Mohammad bin Salman bin […]

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Turkey welcomes UN decision on Houthi rebels

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Ankara has voiced pleasure over the adoption of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo targeting Houthi rebels who rule most of Yemen, calling the decision “a clear message and warning” to the force. “In order for peaceful conditions, that will provide the realization of a political resolution, to occur, it is important […]

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AU welcomes Algerian efforts on Mali settlement

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

The African Union (AU) hailed on Wednesday here the “inestimable” contribution of Algeria and its President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the pursuit of peace and reconciliation in Mali. “This is the moment for me to welcome, on behalf of the AU, the inestimable contribution and the sacrifices made by Algeria and its President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in […]

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Forcer CAR Presidents sign peace agreement

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Former Central African Republic presidents Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia signed a peace agreement in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday, despite their country’s transitional government and foreign partners dismissing the process.

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Algeria affirms strong commitment to joint African action

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Algeria is “strongly” committed to joint African action and “spares no effort” to allow Africa transform ideals into “palpable”, Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra stressed Wednesday. “We are deeply engaged in joint African action and Algeria spare no effort to allow Africa, which works for dignity and freedom of all its children, transform its ideals into […]

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3 civillians killed, several peacekeepers wounded in Mali attack

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

A suicide bomber attacked a UN barracks in northern Mali on Wednesday, the United Nations said, killing three civilians and wounding 16 people, including several peacekeepers. The militant was attempting to drive into a camp used by the UN’s Minusma peacekeeping mission in Ansongo, in the northern region of Gao, when the explosives went off.

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Libyan warplanes attack airport held by rivals

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on Wednesday near the capital Tripoli, which is controlled by its rivals, officials said, as United Nations peace talks were due to start in Morocco. Two governments, one based in the east, the other in Tripoli, are fighting for control of Libya and carrying […]

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