Archive for April, 2016

Mali extends state of emergency until 15 July

Friday, April 15, 2016 Comments Off

Mali has decided to extend the state of emergency until 15 July, re-established on 4 April, in order to fight against terrorism, announced Wednesday the Malian government in a communiqué. The weekly cabinet meeting, held on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Modibo Keita, “approved a bill authorizing the extension of the state of […]

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UN ‘deeply concerned’ for 35 000 displaced people in DRC

Friday, April 15, 2016 Comments Off

The United Nations on Wednesday said it was “deeply concerned” for around 35 000 people forced to flee camps in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following clashes between the army and rebels. Five camps for internally displaced persons in North Kivu province have been emptied since March 27, forcing thousands to take refuge in surrounding […]

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French, UK, Spanish envoys in Libyan capital

Friday, April 15, 2016 Comments Off

Ambassadors to Libya from France, Britain and Spain arrived in the capital Tripoli on Thursday, reiterating the international community’s support for the new, UN-brokered unity government and pledging to reopen embassies closed two years ago because of the fighting. Most foreign embassies closed in 2014 as Tripoli descended into heavy clashes between militias supporting rival […]

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Western Sahara separatists warn UN of return to violence

Friday, April 15, 2016 Comments Off

The separatist leader of Western Sahara has warned the United Nations of a return to armed conflict in the north African territory unless pressure is put on Morocco to fully restore a UN mission there. Polisario Front leader Mohammad Abdulaziz delivered the warning in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, three weeks after Morocco […]

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Cameroon, Nigeria troops rescue over 1000 along border

Friday, April 15, 2016 Comments Off

A joint clearance operation by Cameroon and Nigeria forces along the border of the two countries has rescued more than 1 200 people held hostage by the Boko Haram. More than 20 alleged Boko Haram terrorists have been killed during the exercise. Three Boko Haram commanders were killed.

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Egypt’s Sisi explains decision to give Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi addressed the controversy over Egypt’s handing over of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a meeting with representatives of social, political and media groups, saying that the islands were Saudi according to official documents. El-Sisi called for the meeting Wednesday following a heated public debate and a wave of […]

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US military delegation in Cairo for counter-terrorism talks

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

A U.S. military delegation arrived in Cairo Tuesday for talks with Egyptian officials on means to boost joint military cooperation to counter the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism in the region, Youm7 reported. The delegation is headed by Alexander Mark Laskaris; Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) During […]

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US airstrikes in Somalia hit al-Shabaab

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

A Pentagon spokesperson says the US conducted airstrikes on Monday and Tuesday in Somalia that killed an estimated 12 militants affiliated with the al-Shabaab Islamic extremist group. The spokesperson, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said the targeted militants posed an imminent threat to US personnel who were assisting Somali government forces north of the city of […]

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50 states, organisations discuss support for Libya

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

Around 50 countries and international organisations met in Tunis on Tuesday to discuss “international support” for a new unity government in neighbouring Libya. The one-day meeting sponsored by the United Nations and Great Britain aims to allow representatives of the UN-backed authority to outline its priorities to rebuild the country’s economy after five years of […]

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South Sudan clashes resume

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

South Sudan’s security officials have arrested and severely beaten 16 members of the rebels’ publicity team, days before the expected arrival of rebel leader Riek Machar, a spokesperson for the rebels said on Tuesday. The arrests of the rebel workers was “irresponsible,” said William Ezekiel, a spokesperson for the rebels’ advance team in South Sudan’s […]

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Italian FM visits Libya

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

Italy’s foreign minister arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday in a show of support for a UN-backed unity government that Western nations hope can unite the oil-rich country and lead the fight against a powerful Islamic State affiliate. Paolo Gentiloni is the first European official to visit Libya since the head of the […]

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Germany to send 650 troops to Mali to relieve France

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against the Islamic State jihadists. Von der Leyen made the announcement hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Paris to meet President Francois Hollande to discuss support […]

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French soldiers die in Mali convoy blast

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Comments Off

The lead vehicle of a convoy struck a land mine laid by extremists in northern Mali, killing three French soldiers in the deadliest single incident for the former colonizer’s forces in three years, officials said on Wednesday. About 60 vehicles were approaching the far northern town of Tessalit when the lead armoured vehicle was hit […]

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UN warns against slow implementation of Mali peace deal

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Every day lost in the implementation of Mali’s peace agreement is a day gained for extremist and terrorist groups that have bet heavily on the failure of the process, the UN peacekeeping chief said here Tuesday. Herve Ladsous, the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, stressed that the Malian government and the armed groups who signed […]

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Algiers, Paris willing to counter different threats in Sahel

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and France have expressed Sunday in Algiers as part of the 3rd session of the Algerian-French High Level Intergovernmental Committee (CIHN), their willingness to counter the various threats, including terrorism in the Sahel-Saharan region. The two parties, concerned over the geopolitical and security situation in the Sahel-Saharan region, “have shown their willingness to deal […]

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Algeria, US discuss solution to Libyan crisis

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

US Special Envoy for Libya, Jonathan Winer, underlined, Monday in Algiers, the convergence of views between his country and Algeria regarding the resolution of the crisis in Libya, stressing the willingness of the two countries to help Libya achieve reconciliation and national unity. Consultations between Algeria and the United States of America to find a […]

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6 killed in Somalia shootings

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Gunmen have killed six people in a drive-by shooting, including two Turkish hospital workers, in the latest violence to hit Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, authorities said on Thursday. “Six civilians, two of them Turkish nationals, have been killed, and six more were wounded,” said Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesperson for the Mogadishu city authorities. The shooting took […]

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UN envoy urges Libya’s new government to get to work

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Libya’s new Tripoli-based government must get down to “practical work” to ensure a peaceful handover of power from the country’s many factions, the UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. Martin Kobler told a closed-door session of the council that he was “cautiously optimistic” about prospects for the new unity government that will seek […]

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France is analyzing the possibility of reopening embassy in Libya

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says France is considering reopening its embassy in Libya. Ayrault said on France Info radio that he would travel to Libya “as soon as the conditions are met.”

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Somalia executes 2 Shebaab fighters over journalist death

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Two members of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shebaab jihadist group were executed by firing squad on Saturday for the murder of a journalist killed by a car bomb in 2015, a judge said. Abdirisak Mohamed Barow and Hassan Nur Ali, who admitted being Shebaab members during their trial, were shot on Saturday morning in Mogadishu, Abdulahi Hussein […]

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Saudi king addresses Egyptian parliament

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia’s king has addressed the Egyptian parliament on the fourth day of a landmark visit that saw the oil-rich kingdom pledge billions of dollars in investment and aid to Egypt. In his six-minute address on Sunday, King Salman said Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to build a bridge linking the nations across the […]

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South Sudan rebels move into capital

Monday, April 11, 2016 Comments Off

Juba – Armed South Sudanese rebels have begun taking up positions in the capital, a risky but crucial step to end two years of war. The Associated Press and other journalists on Thursday toured one of the rebel camps where fighters dressed in green fatigues stood in semi-circle formation, chanting call-and-response war songs and waving […]

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Mali declares 10-day state of emergency

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Monday declared a state of emergency across the entire national territory for a period of 10 days. The imposition of a state of emergency was decided upon during a special cabinet meeting presided over by the president.

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UN peacekeeping chief warns against delays in implementing Mali peace deal

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Every day lost in the implementation of Mali’s peace agreement is a day gained for extremist and terrorist groups that have bet heavily on the failure of the process, the UN peacekeeping chief said here Tuesday. Herve Ladsous, the UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, stressed that the Malian government and the armed groups who signed […]

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Tunisian, Algerian officials discuss Libyan situation

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Tunisia and Algeria are for a political solution to the crisis in Libya, Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) Mohamed Ennaceur was quoted as saying. At his meeting Tuesday in Algiers with Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Ramtane Lamamra, Ennaceur told reporters “the talk focused on issues of mutual interest, including […]

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Algerian army kills 4 Islamists near Tunisia border

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria’s army on Monday killed four armed Islamists in El-Oued, the defence ministry said, meaning almost a dozen have been killed in the lawless desert region in the past two weeks. Four Kalashnikov automatic weapons, grenades and ammunition were also seized during the military-led operation in the Bir El Kasira area, near the Tunisian border, […]

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At least 100 000 displaced in Darfur this year

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

At least 100 000 people have been driven from their homes in an upsurge of fighting since January in Sudan’s Darfur region, the UN’s peacekeeping chief said on Wednesday. “Clashes and aerial bombings are currently continuing” in the rebel stronghold of Jebel Marra, Herve Ladsous, the under-secretary general for peacekeeping operations, told the Security Council. […]

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Blow to Libya unity govt as Tripoli rival refuses to cede power

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Efforts by Libya’s UN-backed unity government to assert its control over the capital were thrown into chaos Wednesday as the head of a rival Tripoli-based authority backed away from ceding power. Contradicting an earlier announcement that his so-called National Salvation Government was ready to step aside, Tripoli’s unrecognised prime minister Khalifa Ghweil urged his ministers […]

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South Sudan rebels take up designated positions in Juba

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

South Sudan’s rebels are taking positions in the country’s capital, Juba, to prepare for the scheduled return of their leader later this month after over two years of war. They have set up camp in two designated sites in Juba as part of process to secure the city for Riek Machar’s return and eventually reintegrate […]

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Libya unity government bolsters control

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

Libya’s new unity leaders worked to tighten their hold on Tripoli Thursday, taking over the website of a rival authority in the capital whose head is refusing to stand aside. A week after arriving by sea with a naval escort, the UN-backed unity cabinet appears to be winning the support of key institutions that control […]

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AU readmits Central African Republic

Thursday, April 7, 2016 Comments Off

The African Union has readmitted the Central African Republic, ending a three-year suspension following a coup that sparked the country’s worst sectarian blood letting. The AU’s Peace and Security Council late on Wednesday hailed “positive developments” in Central Africa, including landmark presidential elections in February to turn the page on three years of violence that […]

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UN moves to shore up Libya’s unity government

Monday, April 4, 2016 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously welcomed the Libyan unity government’s move to Tripoli and said it was time to cut off ties with rival administrations. The statement came after prime minister-designate Fayez Al Sarraj made his first public appearance in the Libyan capital, two days after his arrival angered the Tripoli-based government. The […]

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Algerian PM, Hollande discuss security situation

Monday, April 4, 2016 Comments Off

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal held discussions Friday, in Washington, with President François Hollande of France. The discussions took place in Washington on the sidelines of the fourth summit on nuclear security, which wrapped up on Friday.

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Algeria strains to provide for over 30,000 refugees from Syria, Libya, Mali

Monday, April 4, 2016 Comments Off

The “Arab Spring” revolutions and the current regional security situation have combined to turn Algeria into a temporary home for some 30,000 refugees from Syria, Libya and Mali. Bin Olwi Mohy el-Din, a member of the African Association for Care of Refugees Affairs, an NGO, told Anadolu Agency that the association had counted more than […]

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Cameroon army launches new operation against Boko Haram

Monday, April 4, 2016 Comments Off

Cameroon’s military has launched a new operation to rid the country of Boko Haram militants “once and for all” and soldiers are prepared to storm one of the group’s remaining strongholds in Nigeria, a military commander said on Thursday. The operation – code-named Tentacle – began this week and involves thousands of soldiers working with […]

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