Archive for January, 2016

France promises aid for Tunisia

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Paris – France provides one billion euros to Tunisia over the next five years as part of an economic support program, the French presidency said Friday. “A major aspect of this plan is to help poor regions and youth, with emphasis on employment,” said the office of French President Francois Hollande after meeting with Tunisian […]

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Libya: a new unity government proposed before 10 days

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

In Libya, negotiations are continuing around the composition of the future government. Following the rejection of its first proposal by a large majority by the Parliament of Tobruk, on Monday, the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez el-Sarraj has ten days to submit a new cabinet to MPs. “At the request of Parliament, the Prime Minister designate, […]

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Algeria’s Bouteflika dissolves spy unit, creates new agency

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has dissolved the long-standing military spy directorate known as the DRS, creating a new agency under the control of the presidency in another step to ease the military out of politics, security sources said. Bouteflika, rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013, began curbing the military’s […]

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Kenyan troops pull out of Somali town after deadly attack

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Mogadishu – Residents say Kenyan forces have pulled out of a town in southwestern Somalia where Islamic extremists killed Kenyan peacekeepers recently. Ahmed Hassan, who lives in El-Ade, said the town is “no man’s land now” after Kenyan troops started withdrawing early on Tuesday and heading toward the Kenyan border.

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Kenya flies back bodies of troops killed in Somalia attack

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Nairobi – The bodies of Kenyan soldiers killed when Al-Qaeda-linked militants overran their base in Somalia were flown home late on Monday draped in the national flag as a rescue operation was underway for survivors. Defence Minister Raychelle Omamo called the dead “VIPs, the fallen heroes” as four coffins arrived by plane in the capital […]

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UN: South Sudan rival leaders qualify for sanctions

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Juba – South Sudan’s president and a rebel leader both merit sanctions because their troops have targeted civilians and broken international law, a UN panel of experts says in a new report obtained by The Associated Press. The report also calls for an arms embargo on the oil-rich but economically devastated country where the UN […]

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Tunisia declares nationwide curfew after violent protests

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

The Tunisian government has declared a nationwide curfew amid days of protests and rioting over jobs and economic conditions. Authorities have arrested at least 19 people in the unrest that has been considered the worst since 2011. This has been the call of hundreds of people in the impoverished central town of Kasserine since Tuesday. […]

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Libya, Algeria discuss counterterrorism co-operation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Comments Off

Visiting Libyan Prime Minister Faiz Al-Siraj on Monday was received by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as the recent developments in violence- ridden Libya were on the agenda. Following the meeting, Al-Seraj told reporters that he discussed with Bouteflika and Sellal “a couple of issues of common interest, including strengthening the development in border areas, the […]

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Libya PM in Cairo to discuss Skhirat Agreement

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

CAIRO: Libyan Prime Minister of the National Accord Government Fayez al-Siraj arrived in Egypt Saturday night to discuss the Skhirat Agreement, Youm7 reported. The agreement provides for forming the National Accord Government headquartered in Tripoli to defeat the Libyan branch of the Islamic State group and all groups that pledged allegiance for it.

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Libya’s PM on working visit to Algeria Monday

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

ALGIERS- Libya’s Prime Minister Faiz Al-Siraj will pay a working visit to Algeria on Monday, said the Prime Minister Office in a statement Sunday. The visit are in line with “Algeria’s efforts to find a consensual political solution in Libya, as it is the only possible solution to preserve the sovereignty of the brotherly and […]

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Libyan parliament rejects UN-backed unity gov’t

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Libya’s internationally recognized parliament on Monday voted to reject the government of national accord which was proposed under a UN-sponsored agreement to end the country’s political division. At a session at the parliament headquarter in the eastern city of Tubrug on Monday, 89 out of 104 members voted against the newly formed government.

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Egypt marks fifth anniversary of Arab Spring

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi paid tribute on Sunday to the country’s 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. El-Sissi said Egyptians “are building together a modern developed civilian state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom.” El-Sissi delivered his remarks via a televised speech on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the […]

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Mali: Three gendarmes killed in armed raid

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Gunmen killed three gendarmes in an overnight ambush near a town in central Mali, the defence ministry said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time), confirming the latest in a growing wave of attacks that risk spilling over into Mali’s West African neighbours. However, UN and French officials vigorously denied a claim by Islamist militant group Ansar […]

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Tunisia PM holds emergency meeting over unrest

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Tunis – Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid held an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, after authorities declared a nighttime curfew nationwide following the worst outbreak of social unrest since the 2011 revolution. Essid met his defence and interior ministers before the cabinet session, as AFP journalists reported relative calm in towns rocked by clashes between […]

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Burkina Faso detains 5 more soldiers accused in armoury raid

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Ouagadougou — Burkina Faso’s army has said it has detained five members of a disbanded unit loyal to the country’s former president who are suspected of involvement in a raid on an armoury. One member of the unit was killed in an exchange of gunfire near the border with Ghana, an army spokesperson said on […]

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UN accuses South Sudan of forcibly displacing civilians

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

Juba – Forced displacement of civilians is emerging as a strategy South Sudanese forces are putting to use to weaken rebels in the country’s civil conflict, the UN said on Thursday. “From the middle of 2015, a new pattern emerged,” especially in northern Unity state, “with entire villages being burned down, food crops destroyed and […]

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UN urges AU to address South Sudan crisis

Monday, January 25, 2016 Comments Off

New York – The UN secretary-general is urging African Union states to address South Sudan’s failure to meet a deadline to establish a transitional government of national unity. Ban Ki-moon said through his spokesperson on Monday that forming a transitional government is an “essential step” in implementing a peace deal between South Sudan’s government and […]

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Libya: oil facilities on fire after an attack from the IS

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

Oil tanks were on fire Thursday in the north of Libya after a new attack by jihadists to gain control of oil facilities. Islamic State group fighters (EI) attacked at dawn tanks in Ras Lanuf, the heart of “oil Crescent” of Libya, about 650 km east of Tripoli, announced the national oil company (NOC) and […]

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In Egypt, the Chinese President Xi Jingping signs $15 billion contracts

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday signed for multi-billion dollar contracts with Egypt as part of a tour in the Middle East to strengthen the economic presence of his country in this region. Arrived the previous evening from Saudi Arabia, Xi held talks Thursday in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. Several bilateral […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: UN will reduce its military personnel by March 30

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

After the “success of the presidential election” last October, organized in quiet, the UN decided Wednesday to downsize its mission of maintaining peace in Ivory Coast. By 30 March, UNOCI must thus from 5 437-4 000 soldiers. At the latest early in 2018, all peacekeepers must have left Ivorian territory. In any case the wishes […]

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Tunisia: how is social unrest escalated

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

Social demands have inflamed the city of Kasserine since mid January and the discontent is now gaining in other regions of the country. An atmosphere reminiscent of 2010, just before the uprising against Ben Ali. On January 17 in Kasserine (Northwest), Ridha Yahyaoui, a young unemployed rises to an electricity pylon to tell his anger. […]

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France is pursuing its strategy in the Sahel, despite the attacks in Mali and Burkina

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

France will continue its counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel in its current format, despite the two attacks which have just hit Bamako and Ouagadougou. This was stated by the Minister of French Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday. Friday, January 15, jihadists have struck for the first time the heart of the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, […]

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Egypt: Five policemen killed in an attack of the Islamic State in North Sinai

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

The Islamic state (EI) claimed the attack against a checkpoint that killed five policemen and three wounded in north Sinai on Wednesday night. “Unidentified people opened fire on a force-El Etlawi up security in the center of the city of Al-Arish, capital of North Sinai province,” said Thursday

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Burundi failed coup leader named as rebel chief

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

Nairobi – Burundian rebels named a fugitive ex-general who fled after leading a failed coup bid last May as their leader on Thursday, hours before UN Security Council ambassadors were expected in Bujumbura. Ex-general Godefroid Niyombare, a former intelligence chief, is the leader of the Forebu rebels, said spokesperson Edward Nibigira, himself a former senior […]

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UN ambassadors head to Burundi

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

New York – UN Security Council ambassadors headed to Burundi on Wednesday to push the government to open up serious talks with the opposition and agree to an African Union force that could prevent a slide to all-out war. It is the second time in less than a year that the 15-member council travels to […]

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AU backs UN bid to push Burundi peacekeeping

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Comments Off

Addis Ababa – The African Union on Thursday expressed “fervent hope” that UN Security Council ambassadors will persuade Burundi to begin serious talks and agree to the deployment of peacekeepers to prevent further violence. AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said in a statement that there was an “urgent and imperative need for a strong unity […]

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DAESH: FROM THE RED SEA TO THE ATLANTIC; CASE STUDY: SOMALIA

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Comments Off

Born out of the Iraqi War in 2003, Daesh has stretched across the Middle East and into northern-Africa where today only the Mediterranean Sea separates the militants from Europe. It has conquered regions of Iraq, Syria and Libya while building a strong support structure in Turkey, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt’s Sinai Province, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Algeria. This […]

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New Libyan gov’t postponed for 48 hours

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

Libya’s Presidential Council decided Sunday to postpone forming the new National Accord Government for 48 hours to “complete further arrangements,” said the statement. “The Council believes Libyans will understand the importance of postponing the announcement of the National Accord Government for 48 hours to complete further arrangements.” said the council in a statement.

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Egyptian, Libyan foreign ministers discuss collaboration

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will receive the Libyan Foreign Minister of the Tobruk government, Mohammed Al-Dairi, in Egypt on Monday. They will discuss bilateral relations between both countries and the recent development on the formation of a Libyan unity government. Meanwhile, the announcement of the new national unity government was postponed Sunday for another […]

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Burkina Faso, Mali to increase cooperation together against terror threats

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region. Their prime ministers met on Sunday, two days after Al-Qaeda militants seized the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s […]

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Algeria’s CMA calls to speed up implementation of Peace Agreement in Mali

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

ALGIERS- The Secretary General of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), Bilal Ag Acharif called Monday in Algiers to speed up the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali. “We should work at faster pace for the implementation of the Agreement. We didn’t come here to put the responsibility of the delay in […]

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Burkina Faso tightens security after attack

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

Ouagadougou – In the wake of a weekend attack that left up to 32 dead, security was beefed up across Burkina Faso’s capital on Monday as businesses and banks reopened. The West African nation also announced a joint effort with Mali in the fight against jihadi elements in the West African region. “Please go ahead […]

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South Sudan peace accord in turmoil over Kiir’s 28 states

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

Juba – A group of armed soldiers has urged opposition leaders in South Sudan to force President Salva Kiir to reverse a decree for the establishment of 28 states in the country, The Nile Times has reported. Kiir announced the states in December, in a move described as “wrong” by those opposed to him as […]

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Peacekeepers worried over new fighting in Sudan’s Darfur

Monday, January 18, 2016 Comments Off

Khartoum – The UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur said on Sunday it is “deeply concerned” about an surge in fighting between government forces and rebels in the conflict-hit western region. The Unamid mission said it was “deeply concerned about ongoing fighting between government forces and armed movements in the Jebel Marra area, central Darfur,” […]

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Algiers convene an emergency of the signatories of the Mali peace agreement meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off

To defuse the deadlock in the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali, Alger convene the various parties to a high-level emergency meeting on 18 and 19 January. Algeria, the leader of mediation in the Malian crisis, convened for 18 and 19 January in Algiers an emergency meeting at ministerial level of the mediation member […]

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