Archive for July, 2015
President Barack Obama is warning the world can’t wait long to address the deteriorating situation in South Sudan. Obama is addressing South Sudan’s civil war during a news conference in neighboring Ethiopia.
Somali government troops backed by African Union forces on Friday captured the Shabaab stronghold of Dinsor, the second town seized from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists this week, the defence minister said. “Our forces have secured control of Dinsor, and the insurgents have fled after losing the battle… the troops are now conducting security operations to clear […]
Two Libyan soldiers were killed and 10 wounded on Thursday when eastern government forces made a new push against Islamist fighters in the embattled centre of Benghazi, medics said. Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government have been fighting Islamist groups in the country’s second-largest city for over a year, part of a wider struggle […]
US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa’s second most populous nation. Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa’s international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, and the president was greeted on the tarmac by […]
US President Barack Obama will on Monday try to build African support for tough action against South Sudan’s warring leaders if they reject an August peace ultimatum, US officials said. Obama will meet with leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as well as Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour in Addis Ababa to try and build […]
The United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants from northern Syria by forming an “ISIL-free zone,” a U.S. official said on July 27. “The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria,” […]
Turkey has not asked for substantial military help from NATO in its campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish militants, the alliance’s chief said on July 27, a day before it meets to discuss the fighting. Jens Stoltenberg also warned Turkey that its bombing campaign could endanger the progress […]
Turkey has called for a meeting of its NATO allies to discuss threats to its security and its airstrikes targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq, as Turkey boosts international efforts to gain support for the strikes. NATO’s secretary general said […]
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two-day visit to Cairo Saturday, just days after France delivered the first batch of 24 Rafale warplanes Egypt bought in a multi-billion-euro deal. Le Drian met with his counterpart Sedki Sobhi, and will hold talks with Sisi and other Egyptian officials which are expected to discuss the […]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held a telephone conversation with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine on Friday to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine, the French presidency said.
The United States commends the government of Senegal and the African Union for bringing former Chadian President Hissene Habre before the Extraordinary African Chambers of Senegal, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Monday.
The death toll in the Suruc terrorist attack went up to 32 people after a number of the injured succumbed to their injuries, said a Turkish official Tuesday. Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told the press that investigation in the matter did not yield any evidences regarding the perpetrators of the attack. The Turkish […]
The EU and NATO condemned Monday the terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Suruc, which has led to the loss of many innocent lives and left many injured. “My thoughts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones affected by this heinous act. There can be no justification for terrorism. We stand in […]
The European Council welcomed Algeria’s efforts that led to the signing of the Peace Agreement in Mali and reaffirmed its commitment to support the process in the countries of the Sahel, according to a statement APS received Monday. At a meeting, the European Council reaffirmed its commitment, alongside the other members of the Mediation and […]
Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari travels to the United States on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama to mend relations battered by his predecessor’s failures to fight an Islamic uprising and corruption in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Buhari’s March election, hailed as the first democratic change of power in the West African nation […]
Egypt on Monday took delivery of three Rafale fighter jets from France, the first of 24 warplanes sold in a $5.6bn deal earlier this year. Egyptian authorities took charge of the planes at an air base in southern France, and they will be flown to Cairo by specially trained pilots on Tuesday.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed more than 20 people including multiple children in their latest attack on northern Cameroon, easily overwhelming the few soldiers posted at the targeted village, residents said on Monday.
Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre was forcibly brought to a court in Senegal on Tuesday, where judges adjourned his trial until September 7 to let appointed lawyers prepare his defence. Prison guards brought Habre, dressed in a white robe and turban, into the special court in the capital Dakar, an AFP reporter saw. Habre, once […]
India strongly supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and its government’s efforts to “overcome the current crisis”, President Pranab Mukherjee said amid a war that country is engaged in against ISIS terror group. In a message to his counterpart Fuad Masum on the eve of National Day of Iraq, Mukherjee said India deeply values its close and […]
Describing last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as an “important step forward”, the US has urged the two countries to create “constituencies for peace.” The Modi-Sharif meeting on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Ufa, Russia “marked an important step forward in lowering tensions and […]
Libyan political leaders reached a new version of a UN-brokered peace deal on Saturday, putting pressure on the Tripoli leadership to sign on and build a unity government in hopes of ending the country’s chaos. The Tripoli government took part in earlier stages of talks but refused to participate in the latest discussions in the […]
Four people were killed and 15 wounded when a rocket hit a residential district in the eastern Libyan port city of Benghazi on Sunday, medics said. There was no immediate claim for the attack. Islamic State militants have claimed previous rocket attacks in Libya’s second-largest city where army forces allied to armed locals have been
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the hopes for South Sudan when it became independent four years ago have turned to despair. Ban says that’s because the world’s newest nation has become engulfed in conflict with “unconscionable levels of violence and unspeakable sexual abuse”.
The United States on Monday roundly condemned Boko Haram’s “horrific and indiscriminate” attack targeting civilians in Chad, as well as recent assaults elsewhere in Africa by the radical militants. Four people died in a suicide blast in the restive city of Maiduguri, while at least 11 people were killed when two women blew themselves up […]
Iraqi forces tightened the noose on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in its stronghold of Anbar on July 13 with a ground operation teed up by a record number of coalition air strikes. Iraqi security forces, Shiite paramilitaries and Sunni tribal fighters advanced towards Ramadi and Fallujah, the two main cities […]
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was to visit the Central African Republic (CAR) Monday before travelling to Ethiopia for A UN conference on development finance. Fabius’s fifth visit to the CAR’s capital Bangui in less than two years was planned to show support for President Catherine Samba-Panza, the French governmetn said.
NATO warships have entered the Black Sea ahead of military exercises this weekend. The training aims at reaffirming the US-led alliance’s commitment to defending the member states, in the wake of Russia’s apparent military aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Two Ukrainian government soldiers were killed in clashes with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, an official said on Wednesday. In a press conference in Kiev, presidential spokesman Alexander Motuzyanik claimed the separatists had violated the Minsk cease-fire agreement 40 times over a 24-hour period.
The EU Thursday condemned the continued human rights violations in South Sudan and called for the leaders of the country to be held accountable for the suffering of the people. “Four years ago, leaders from around the world gathered in Juba to celebrate the birth of an independent South Sudan. The peoples’ hopes then were […]
Algeria was mobilising the army on Thursday after 22 people were killed in the worst ethnic clashes between Berbers and Arabs in years, as more details emerged of the violence. The fighting erupted late on Tuesday in the town of Guerara in the M’zab valley, a Unesco world heritage site on the edge of the […]
At least 14 people were killed in battles in Libya’s second city Benghazi between militiamen and forces loyal to the internationally recognised government, hospital officials said on Thursday. The fighting erupted on Wednesday morning in the centre of the city, cradle of the 2011 Nato-backed uprising that toppled and killed veteran president Muammar Gaddafi, the […]
Tunisia’s prime minister says the army and private contractors are building a barrier along the border with Libya to keep out extremists following recent terror attacks claimed by ISIS. Habib Essid said construction aimed at rendering the border “impassable” by jihadi fighters and vehicles is expected to run through year-end.
Cameroon’s army has repulsed an attack by Boko Haram and killed three of the Nigerian Islamist militants in heavy fighting in the Far North region of the country, a Cameroon government spokesperson said on Thursday. The attack represented a change of tactics by the militants following a series of battlefield defeats this year in which […]
The United States on July 9 asked the UN Security Council to set up an investigative panel to identify those behind deadly chlorine gas attacks in Syria. The panel comprised of experts from the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) chemical watchdog could be able to establish whether President […]
Pakistan hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan representatives in eastern Murree city near federal capital as part of the commitment to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, said Foreign Office on Wednesday. According to Pakistan Foreign Office, representatives from China and the United States also participated in the […]