Archive for November, 2015

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Niger

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

Niamey – Eighteen people were killed and 100 homes torched in an attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram fighters on a southeastern village, local authorities said on Thursday. “The toll is 18 dead, 11 hurt, almost 100 homes burned down” in the village of Wogom, said the mayor of the nearby town of Bosso, Bako Mamadou. […]

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S Sudan peace deal monitors urge action

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

Juba – Ceasefire monitors in South Sudan urged warring forces on Thursday to stop fighting amid growing international fears a key peace deal is close to collapse. Fighting in the nearly two-year long war rages despite an August agreement, said Festus Mogae, who heads the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to ensure the peace deal […]

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Tunisia detains 30, identifies bomber after attack

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

Tunis – Tunisian authorities have detained 30 people suspected of having extremism links after a suicide bombing targeting presidential guards, and identified the bomber as a local street vendor. The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that forensic police identified the attacker as 27-year-old Houssam ben Hedi ben Miled Abdelli by his DNA. […]

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Mali arrests 2 suspects over Bamako hotel attack

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

Bamako – Two people suspected of having links to a siege at a luxury hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako earlier this month have been arrested, the country’s security ministry has said. Amadou Sangho, a spokesperson for the ministry, confirmed the arrests on Thursday, but did not reveal the identities and the alleged roles of the […]

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Mali leader: Peace process won’t be derailed

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

Bamako – On Friday November 20, gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako, taking at least 170 people hostage. After a nine-hour standoff with Malian soldiers and UN troops, the siege ended. Nineteen people were killed and two gunmen were also shot dead. Several groups operating in northern Mali have […]

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FRANCE: LOSING THE STATUS OF REGIONAL POWER

Saturday, November 28, 2015 Comments Off

The November 13 Daesh attacks in Paris, followed shortly by the hostage-taking by al-Mourabitune at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, an African country supposedly defended by France, brought into the light not only the failure of the Western approach of the current international terrorism, but also the complex process in […]

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Algeria says is ready to share counter-terrorism experience with Tunisia

Thursday, November 26, 2015 Comments Off

Algerian Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra, on Wednesday, affirmed Algeria’s readiness to co-operate with Tunisia in the fight against terrorism. Algeria is ready to mobilise its capabilities and make its experience available to Tunisia to fight together against terrorism, he was quoted a saying in a press conference […]

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More UN peacekeepers needed for South Sudan

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants 1 100 extra peacekeepers to be sent to South Sudan to help protect civilians who continue to face attacks despite a peace deal signed three months ago. Ban made the request in a report to the Security Council last week that paints a pessimistic picture of the conflict in the […]

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Paris attacks propel fight against terrorism to top of G20 agenda

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Comments Off

The events of Thursday morning and evening could not be starker in difference. We saw, in the early part of the day, a rare and hopeful example of national consensus as the country’s lawmakers came together in Parliament. Hours later Lebanon was rocked by a massacre. Yet, as leaders look forward after this crime, both moments could […]

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Car used in attacks found in Paris suburb – police

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Comments Off

Paris – A black Seat car used by gunmen who fired at people in restaurants during the attacks in Paris on Friday has been found in the eastern suburb of Montreuil, police said on Sunday. Six people close to Omar Ismail Mostefai, who took part in the killings at the Bataclan concert hall and the […]

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Paris suicide vests mark change of tactics

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Comments Off

All seven of the Paris militants wore identical explosive vests and didn’t hesitate to blow themselves up – a worrying change of tactic for jihadists. The suicide vests used by Friday’s attackers in Paris – a first in France – were made by a highly skilled professional who could still be at large in Europe, […]

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What are the implications of the Paris attacks?

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande described the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday as a declaration of war. Who’s winning the battle? And what are the implications on security measures, the refugees… us? Are Islamist terrorists succeeding in driving a wedge between religions and cultures? Tuesday’s edition of TimesTalk will discuss the implications of the worst […]

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Police are questioning the family of one of the identified Paris attacks gunmen Omar Ismail Mostefai

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Comments Off

French police are questioning the family of the first of seven gunmen identified in the Paris attacks. French authorities Saturday named the first attacker as 29-year-old Omar Ismail Mostefai, who was identified from a severed finger found at Bataclan concert hall, scene of the worst of the bloodshed. He was one of the seven gunmen […]

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Situation in Libya: Algeria says it doesn’t support any side to the detriment of another

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra said Friday that Algeria doesn’t support any side to the detriment of another.” “Algeria supports the Libyan people as the two countries have a common destiny and it is in the interest of Algeria that Libya gets out of its current crisis because […]

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Heavy fighting in Benghazi, 16 killed

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Benghazi between forces allied with the official government and Islamic State fighters, a military commander said on Wednesday. Benghazi, caught up in fighting for more than a year, is just one front in Libya’s multi-sided war involving two competing governments […]

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Kabila holds talks with Mugabe as tensions flare in DRC

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

Harare – Leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, reportedly arrived in Zimbabwe on Thursday where he held a closed door meeting with his counterpart, President Robert Mugabe, in the capital Harare. According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper, the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues “that will cement the economic […]

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Nigeria troops rescue over 60, kill 4 Islamists – army

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

Abuja – Nigerian troops killed four suspected Boko Haram suspects and set free 61 people, mainly women and children, held by the jihadist group in the flashpoint north-eastern Borno state, the army said Thursday. In an operation, troops under air cover cleared Boko Haram camps “and in the process rescued 61 persons abducted and held […]

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UN moves to pull Burundi back from ‘possible genocide’

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

New York – The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday that could pave the way for peacekeepers to be deployed to Burundi after months of violence raised fears of Rwanda-style mass killings. The French-drafted measure strongly condemned the wave of killings, torture, arrests and other rights violations in Burundi and called for […]

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Burundi opposition calls for president to step down

Friday, November 13, 2015 Comments Off

Kigali – Peace will only return to Burundi if President Pierre Nkurunziza steps down and respects the two-term presidential limit, the country’s main opposition party said Friday. The opposition is ready to talk but only if fresh elections are held without Nkurunziza taking part, said Leonard Nyangoma the chairperson of the CNARED (National Council for […]

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France seeks UN action to halt Burundi killings

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

New York -France on Monday presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at toughening the international response to the violence in Burundi, where fears of Rwanda-style mass killings are rife. The measure threatens targeted sanctions against Burundian leaders who foment violence or hamper efforts to end the crisis that followed protests over […]

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Somali: Ending Yemen conflict crucial to stop extremists

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

New York – Somalia’s prime minister says ending the crisis in Yemen is “crucial” to preventing al-Shabaab rebels from exploiting their recent allegiance with the Islamic State extremist group and forming a “terror network” that threatens Somalia and the region again. Omar Sharmarke told the UN Security Council on Monday that its support is needed […]

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West Africa conference focuses on threat posed by jihadists

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

Dakar – Islamic extremists are expanding their reach in West Africa, using porous borders and exploiting political chaos to further their attacks, security experts said on Monday at the opening of a regional conference on the jihadist threat. At least 800 security officials and analysts from across the region are taking part in the two-day […]

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Libya army says 13 security personnel killed by ‘terrorists’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

Benghazi – At least 13 members of Libya’s army were killed by “terrorist” violence on Tuesday in the east of the war-torn country, an army spokesperson said. “Most of the soldiers were killed by landmines planted by terrorist organisations,” spokesperson Miloud al-Zawi told LANA, the official news agency of the internationally recognised government. Zawi said […]

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UN sending extra troops, police to CAR

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

New York – The UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is adding hundreds of troops and police before next month’s elections, but their arrival is expected to be too late for Pope Francis’ visit to the violent country. A UN official said on Tuesday the mission and the Vatican are discussing security in Central […]

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Egypt vows security boost

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Comments Off

Cairo – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday vowed to enhance security in the country amid suspicions that a bomb caused the crash of a Russian passenger airliner in Sinai more than a week ago. “We will make more efforts in order to ensure security and safety for each visitor to Egypt,” al-Sisi said, according […]

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Tunisian Defence minister stresses need for security cooperation with Algeria

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

Tunisian Defence Minister Farhat Horchani stressed Tuesday “the need for cooperation with Algeria” in the field of fight against terrorism as Tunisia’s security is linked to that of Algeria. Speaking on the sidelines of the 33rd session of the National Defence Institute, Horchani said that “the cross-border and transcontinental nature of terrorism requires a cooperation […]

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UK Defence Secretary, Egyptian President discuss security threats

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

The Defence Secretary has met with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss collaborating together to tackle common security threats. The meeting today between Michael Fallon and the Egyptian President allowed the leaders to discuss shared security concerns and thoughts on defeating terrorism and countering extremism in the region, particularly in light of the Sinai aircrash. […]

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Egyptian security forces kill leading IS member in Cairo

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

Egyptian security forces killed on Monday a leading Islamic State (IS) militant in a gunfight in Cairo, according to the Interior Ministry. Ashraf Ali el-Gharabli is a leading member of IS-affiliated Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which carried out a series of attacks in the North African country, the ministry said in a statement. He was […]

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Sudan Dialogue to include disputed areas bordering S Sudan, Egypt

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

The 7+7 coordinating committee of Sudan’s National Dialogue has agreed to add participants from disputed areas near Egypt and South Sudan, the dialogue’s secretary general said Thursday. Hashim Ali Salem told the press at Friendship Hall that Zachariah Atem from Abyei, Issa Hassan from Halayeb, and Ahmed Osman from Shalateen were chosen to participate in […]

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UNSC concerned over Libya’s crises, rising threat of terrorism

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

United Nations Security Council on Saturday expressed concern over Libya’s ongoing political, security and institutional crises and the rising threat of terrorism, said a press statement of the council. Expressing “concern about the ongoing fighting, destruction and growing humanitarian toll in various parts of the country,” the council called for an immediate end of violence, […]

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Serbian embassy staff kidnapped in Libya’s Sabratha

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

Two Serbian embassy staff were kidnapped on Sunday in Libya’s western city of Sabratha, according to a Libyan rights group. The National Commission for Human Rights confirmed that the two, Sladeana Stankovic and Jovica Stebic, while traveling to Tunisia, were taken away by unknown gunmen in the morning and gunshots were heard. Sabratha is located […]

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Security increased after Nigeria poll violence

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

Kano – Soldiers patrolled the streets and residents surveyed damage to their homes and businesses in eastern Nigeria on Monday, after deadly violence linked to the appointment of the country’s first female governor. At least seven people were killed and 15 injured on Sunday in clashes between supporters of the ousted governor of Taraba state, […]

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More Sudanese soldiers go to Yemen

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

Aden – A 400-strong Sudanese force arrived in Yemen’s port city Aden on Monday in support of pro-government forces preparing to confront a possible new offensive by rebels on the country’s south. Yemen’s loyalist forces, backed by Saudi-led coalition strikes, supplies and troops, pushed the rebels out of Aden as part of an operation launched […]

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Settle Yemen crisis to help Somalia PM tells UN

Monday, November 9, 2015 Comments Off

New York – Ending the crisis in Yemen is crucial to prevent Islamic State jihadists from shoring up Somalia’s weakened Shabaab, Somalia’s prime minister said on Monday. Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke told a special session of the UN Security Council on Somalia that the Shabaab’s recent pledges of allegiance to IS are “not to be […]

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Egypt’s President wraps up visit to London

Friday, November 6, 2015 Comments Off

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi returned to Egypt on Friday after a three-day visit to London where he met with British Prime Minister David Cameron. During a news conference which was attended only by a journalist from Egypt and one from Britain on Thursday, Cameron defended the UK decision to suspend flights between Britain and the Egyptian […]

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