Archive for February, 2016

Libya makes efforts in peace process

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Benghazi – International attempts to end the chaos in Libya has taken a step forward on Monday a new government of national unity was proposed to lawmakers. A tip UN-backed rival Libyan factions announced the formation of the revised cabinet Sunday night, after a previous government was defeated last month in a blow to peace […]

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Sissi: Egypt achieved a democratic transition

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Cairo – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said that his country had made a transition to democracy after years of turmoil since the uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Sisi made the remarks Saturday during his speech at Egypt’s parliament for the first time since it was convened in January. “From this […]

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Cameroon strikes Boko Haram near border attack

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Yaounde – Cameroon soldiers killed at least 27 fighters Boko Haram after the launch of a cross-border operation in the Nigerian town of Goshi which also resulted in the death of a soldier, a senior military official said Friday. At least seven other soldiers were wounded in the operation on Thursday morning, said General Jacob […]

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Tunisia, Algeria denies military intervention in Libya

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra reaffirmed the rejection of foreign military intervention in Libya. They called for accelerating the composition of a unity government in Tripoli to complete the establishment of the Libyan institutions. During a meeting in Algiers, the two ministers underlined the convergence of views on the […]

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Algeria, Tunisia stress support for the political process in Libya

Monday, February 15, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and Tunisia on Sunday stressed their support for the political process in the war-torn Libya and rejecting any military intervention to resolve the crisis in the countries of North Africa. “We urge the Libyan rivals to meet to form a government of national reconciliation based in Tripoli to address key issues, including the fight […]

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Chad – Senegal: The Habré trial verdict will be pronounced on May 30

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

The verdict in the trial of former Chadian President Hissène Habré tried in Dakar for “crimes against humanity” and whose defense called for the acquittal will be known on May 30, announced Thursday the African special tribunal it appears since July 2015. “We will end May 30, 2016 to deliver the content of our decisions,” […]

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Nigeria: 58 dead in double suicide bombing in an IDP camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

Fifty-eight people were killed Tuesday in a double suicide attack by two female suicide bombers in a camp for people displaced by the attacks of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in the north-east Nigeria. The head of emergency services in the state of Borno (northeast), Satomi Ahmed told AFP Wednesday in the course of this […]

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Cameroon: at least 6 dead in a double suicide bombing in the Far North

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

At least six civilians were killed and wounded thirty Wednesday morning in a double suicide bombing in Nguetchewe, village of the far north of Cameroon, which borders Nigeria regularly attacked by the Islamist Boko Haram, according to a security source. “Six civilians were killed, two more suicide bombers who blew themselves up” during a mourning […]

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The UN wants to send experts to probe the Burundi graves

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

New York – The UN wants to send independent forensic experts in Burundi to help authorities investigate allegations of mass graves in the war-torn country, a senior official said Wednesday. After a government security operation in December, witnesses have come forward with accounts of at least nine mass graves in and around Bujumbura, including one […]

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Libya unity government hits snag

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

Tripoli – Efforts to form a unity government of Libya are stumbling over the defense portfolio, an official said Wednesday that the internationally recognized parliament established a new period of one line-up. Libya has been in chaos since the ouster in 2011 of long-serving dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with two rival administrations and armed groups fighting […]

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UN chief, Italian President discuss issues on Libya, Middle East

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General met Wednesday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, discuss issues, including on Libya, Syria and Lebanon. At the meeting here, “the Secretary General stressed that the political process is the key to solving the political, security and humanitarian in Libya,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric UN

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Libya must lead the anti-Daesh effort: Egyptian FM

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

Libya needs to form a unified government before the United States and European allies opt for military action against thousands of Daesh (called IS) fighters in the chaotic country of North Africa, Foreign Minister of Egypt said on Tuesday. “It must be a Libyan-led process,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Reuters in an interview, […]

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Deadline extended for the new Libya unity government

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Comments Off

TRIPOLI – the internationally recognized parliament Libya extended until Sunday a deadline for the formation of a new national unity government aimed at ending years of chaos in the countries of North Africa. The legislators of Parliament, currently in exile in eastern Libya, on Tuesday voted to give Presidential Council UN-backed “until Sunday to form […]

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Côte d’Ivoire in state of maximum alertness

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

In less than a year, the Ivorian security forces foiled at least five attacks in Abidjan. The last was in January. Two modes of operation were privileged: the explosion of a car bomb and a commando attack against public places frequented by expatriates. Jihadist sleeper cells linked to the Ansar Dine group have also been […]

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Mali: mine explosion kills three soldiers

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

Three Malian soldiers died Tuesday when their vehicle hit a mine in the Mopti region, near the border with Niger, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly announced, the Malian Defence Minister.

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Central African Republic: LRA leader is OKO Capture Odek, a key commander

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

One of the leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central Africa is captured Monday Okot Odek, a key commander of the bloody Ugandan rebels, told AFP on Wednesday a source in the Central African gendarmerie. “We have a list of leaders of the LRA sought and considered dangerous, which allows us to support […]

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Burundi: Holland Lungu and advocate a “Inclusive dialogue”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

The French and Zambian presidents François Hollande and Edgar Lungu Monday advocated an “inclusive dialogue between the government and the opposition” in Burundi, beset by a deep political crisis. During a meeting at the Elysee, MM. Holland Lungu and “reiterated their commitment to an inclusive dialogue between the government and opposition, to allow to restore […]

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At least six dead in Cameroon double suicide

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

Yaounde – At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured Wednesday in a double suicide in the region of the northern border of Cameroon with Nigeria, which is regularly attacked by Boko Haram fighters, according to security sources. The assailants, who were also killed, were both women, one source said.

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Libya needs extra week to form unity government

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

Tripoli – Libya presidential council said Monday that he needs another week to form a national unity government after the internationally recognized country’s Parliament rejected an initial line-up. The council, chaired by the Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj was due to submit the names Wednesday of a new unity government for approval by the parliament recognized.

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Sisi stressed support to the national government agreed in Libya

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi stressed on the support of Egypt Tuesday to the political process in Libya sponsored by the United Nations, as well as efforts to form a national consensus government. Sisi’s comments came Tuesday after receiving Akila Saleh, the Speaker of Parliament of Libya.

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Obama, Italy Mattarella discuss Libya, ways to fight ISIS

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Comments Off

President of the USA Barack Obama met with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House on Monday and discussed with him joint efforts to fight against the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya. “We discussed the joint efforts of Italy, the United States and other partners to help Libya form a government that will […]

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Burundi: François Hollande and Thomas Yayi Boni call for end to violence

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

The French and Beninese presidents François Hollande and Thomas Boni Yayi have “jointly called” Monday their Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza “to end violence in his country,” said the Elysee. A call to their counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza

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Libya: Saadi Gaddafi’s trial adjourned to 13 March

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

A court in Tripoli Sunday adjourned the trial of Saadi Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, to March 13, 2016, announced the Ministry of Justice of the Government not recognized internationally. “The second Indictment Division of the Tripoli Court of Appeal (…) postponed consideration of the case (…) to March 13 next,” […]

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Mali: former rebels and pro-regime agreement to live together in Kidal

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

The former Tuareg rebellion in northern Mali dominant and an army allied coalition government have agreed to live peacefully in Kidal insurgent stronghold where pro-regime recently entered smoothly, according to a joint statement received on Sunday by AFP. Hundreds of members of the Platform coalition of armed groups supporting the Government of Mali, entered without […]

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Sudan: the situation is “desperate” for civilians fleeing the fighting in Darfur, says UN

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

Tens of thousands of civilians who fled heavy fighting between government forces and rebels in the Jebel Marra region of Darfur in western Sudan are in a humanitarian situation “desperate”, said Sunday the UN. Fighting in the mountainous area straddling the states of North Darfur, Darfur, Central and South Darfur broke out on January 15 […]

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DR Congo: ethnic violence make at least 15 dead in North Kivu

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

Fifteen people at least were killed on Sunday in clashes between various armed groups in North Kivu, eastern DR Congo, the scene of sharp ethnic tension in recent weeks, have we learned Monday from local authorities .

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Tunisia unveils anti-jihadi fence

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

Ben Guerdane – Tunisia’s defence minister has visited an anti-jihadi fence that’s being built on the country’s border with Libya to stop Islamist militants from entering Tunisian territory. Defence Minister Farhat Horchani inspected the first completed part of the 196km fence, which aims to counter the threat from jihadi militants and render the entire border […]

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Somali, AU troops retake key port from al-Shabaab

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

Mogadishu – Somali government troops and African Union peacekeepers on Saturday recaptured the key port of Merka from al-Shabaab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and witnesses said. “The Somali forces and Amisom peacekeepers secured control of Merka again and now the situation has returned to normal,” said […]

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5 die in attack on UN military camp in Mali

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

Bamako – At least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed on Friday following an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu in Mali’s restive north, a Malian security source said. The assault came just a day after the fabled city celebrated the restoration of its greatest treasures – earthen mausoleums dating […]

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EU to work in partnership with Libya to fight IS: Mogherini

Monday, February 8, 2016 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) is to partner with the newly formed Libyan government to fight the Islamic State (IS) in Libya, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced on Friday. “The best condition to fight against Daesh (Islamic State) in Libya is to count on the government of National Accord to be in place and […]

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Mali – Fahad Almahmoud Ag (Gatia): “We will find common ground with the CMA” in Kidal

Thursday, February 4, 2016 Comments Off

  The Secretary General of Gatia, whose pro-Bamako fighters entered Monday in Kidal, rebel stronghold of CMA, says that this arrival was long anticipated and it now wants to find a peaceful compromise with rivals. Hundreds of fighters Self-Defense Force and imghad Tuareg allies (Gatia) – one of the components of the “Platform”, a coalition […]

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Libya: Prime Minister-designate working on a new unity cabinet

Thursday, February 4, 2016 Comments Off

The Libyan presidential council, a body headed by the appointed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, began Thursday to Morocco discussions to propose a new unity government after the rejection of a first cabinet, told AFP Moroccan official. The presidential council, composed of nine members, was created after the signing in December Skhirat, Morocco, of a political […]

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Egypt: Supreme Court overturns death penalty for 149 suspected Islamists

Thursday, February 4, 2016 Comments Off

The Court of Cassation overturned in Egypt Wednesday the death penalty for 149 people accused of the murder of 13 police officers in 2013, the same day that security forces killed hundreds of protesters demanding the return of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi dismissed by the army. The high court ordered that the accused be retried […]

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Sudan and South Sudan reach agreement in principle on oil

Thursday, February 4, 2016 Comments Off

An agreement in principle on the amount of the fee paid by the South Sudan in Sudan to use its pipelines was signed by the oil ministers of the two countries, according to press reports published Thursday. Sudanese pipelines, leading to Port Sudan on the shore of the Red Sea, are vital to South Sudan […]

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Burkina: the president wants an army “republican, apolitical and operational”

Thursday, February 4, 2016 Comments Off

The Burkinabe president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, the first civilian to gain power democratically since independence, posted Thursday its intention to form a “republican, apolitical and operational” army in the impoverished West African subscriber to coups. “In the program I developed, I was very clear: we need a republican army, a non-political and operational army, […]

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