Archive for June, 2016

AU hails positive developments in Peace Agreement implementation in Mali

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, hailed the recent positive developments in Mali, reaffirming AU’s commitment, in close cooperation with Algeria, to assisting the Malian parties in their peace and reconciliation efforts, said the AU in a communiqué on Monday. Dlamini-Zuma hailed the “recent positive developments in Mali, on the first anniversary […]

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France’s National Assembly: Lamamra “resolutely” committed to peace process in Mali

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra is “resolutely” committed to peace process in Mali, French MP François Loncle said. During a debate held Tuesday at the National Assembly on the bill on ratification of the defence cooperation treaty between France and Mali, François Loncle (Socialist Party) stressed that peace […]

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Kerry Says US, Italy keep close cooperation on Libya

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said his country was paying special attention to what’s happening in Libya, and closely monitoring events there. Kerry said following a meeting with his Italian Counterpart Paolo Gentelone in Rome there was close cooperation between the US and Italy on Libya adding that the Rome meeting has focused […]

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UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper in CAR

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the killing of a Senegalese peacekeeper by unidentified men in Central African Republic (CAR). According to the United Nations, the peacekeeper was shot dead by unidentified armed men in circumstances that are still unclear. His body was found at Bangui General Hospital and an investigation was launched to […]

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Uganda to start withdrawal of troops from CAR in October

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

The Ugandan military on Tuesday said it will starting October this year withdraw its troops hunting down the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR). Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the military spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the decision has been taken to start the phased pullout of 2,500 soldiers involved […]

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Uganda to be out of Somalia ‘by 2017′

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

Uganda, the largest contributor to an African Union mission fighting jihadists in Somalia, will pull out its troops from next year, the head of the military said on Thursday. Uganda was the first country to send soldiers to Somalia, spearheading the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in March 2007 to fight Shabaab insurgents and […]

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UN forces returning control of security to Liberia

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Comments Off

After devastating back-to-back civil wars in Liberia, the UN launched a peacekeeping mission in September 2003 to ensure security, rebuild police and military forces from scratch, and disarm rebels. On June 30, the mission known as Unmil finally hands back security to Liberia’s military and police. In August 2003 a peace agreement was signed in […]

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Nigerian gov’t forces kill Boko Haram fighters in air strike

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

An air strike launched by Nigerian government forces has killed a total of 15 Boko Haram fighters who were planning a violent attack in the restive northeastern state of Borno, military authorities said on Monday. The terrorists, who had assembled in Kangarawa axis, located in the northern part of Borno State, were killed on Sunday […]

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Clashes between militia, UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

Seventeen fighters of an armed group in a Bangui suburb were killed and 30 others injured during violent confrontation with UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic, Red Cross and hospital sources told Xinhua on Tuesday. A team of UN peacekeepers was confronted with violent resistance on Monday afternoon in Bangui’s PK5 suburb when it had […]

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Libyan forces suffer heavy losses in battle for Sirte

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

At least 34 Libyan pro-government forces have been killed and 100 wounded in clashes with ISIL militants as they prepared for a final assault on the extremist stronghold of Sirte. It was one of bloodiest days since forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) launched an offensive in May to retake Sirte […]

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Algeria, Mali discuss security cooperation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and Mali have expressed willingness to “intensify” their cooperation in the fight against insecurity, terrorism and the organized cross-border crime, notably as part of the Nouakchott Process, said Tuesday a communiqué following the 11th session of the Algerian-Malian Bilateral Strategic Committee on Northern Mali. The communiqué signed following the Committee proceedings, co-chaired by Minister […]

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Peace Agreement implementation: Mali has its chance on path to normality

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

The first year of the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali has showed that Mali has its chance to return on path to normality, said Tuesday in Bamako Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra. In his opening address at the 11th session of the Algerian-Malian Strategic […]

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Algeria calls on resuming Geneva talks for Syria

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

lgeria’s Representative to the United Nations Sabri Boukadoum has called, in New York, for the resumption of Geneva negotiations on Syria in order to find a political solution agreed on by Syrians, in a spirit of dialogue and reconciliation. “We call for the resumption of Geneva negotiation rounds, which would help relieve the suffering, stop […]

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ICC jails Bemba for 18 years

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday sentenced former DRC vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to 18 years in jail for a series of brutal rapes and murders in Central African Republic over a decade ago. “The chamber sentences Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to a total of 18 years of imprisonment,” said judge Sylvia […]

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Libya pro-govt forces preparing ‘decisive’ Sirte assault

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Comments Off

Libya’s unity government forces said on Tuesday they were preparing for a final assault on the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Sirte, after repelling multiple counter-attacks from the surrounded jihadists. “Despite apparent calm along the fronts, our intelligence network is in full swing in preparation for the decisive battle,” forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government […]

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Tunisia extends state of emergency for one-month

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

The Tunisian president’s office on Monday announced a one-month extension of a state of emergency across the entire country beginning on June 21. The state of emergency was proclaimed by President Beji Caid Essebsi after a terrorist attack on a bus carrying presidential guards in central Tunis on November 24, 2015 and has been extended […]

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Egypt, France begin Cleopatra 2016 naval exercises using Mistral helicopter carrier

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

Egyptian and French naval forces began on Monday joint naval exercises using Egypt’s Mistral helicopter carrier, after receiving it from France earlier this month. The exercises, dubbed Cleopatra 2016, will last for several days, state news agency MENA reported quoting an army statement. The exact location of the exercises has not been specified.

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NATO chief meets Libyan official, discuss country’s security situation

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held a meeting with Mohamed Taha Siala on Friday during which they discussed the political and security situation in Libya. According to a NATO’s web site on 17 June 2016, the meeting comes as part of the ongoing discussions on how NATO can help Libya improve its defense and security institutions. […]

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Algerian troops kill 73 militants in 5-month-long operations

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian army has killed as many as 73 armed militants in different operations across the country in the past five months, the Algerian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. In its June issue, the Algerian Army’s “El Djeich” monthly magazine specified that counter-terrorism operations that have been launched between January and May 2016, led to the […]

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Algerian FM to visit Mali to discuss peace process

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

The Algerian top diplomat will kick off on Monday a two-day working visit in the Malian capital Bamako to boost peace in Northern Mali, Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Ramtane Lamamra, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will co-chair with his Malian counterpart Abdoulaye Diop the 11th bilateral strategic committee for Northern Mali, it […]

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EU welcomes Algeria’s role in peace process in Mali

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) on Monday hailed the “crucial” role played by Algeria as leader of the international mediation team for the conclusion of the Peace and Reconciliation Accord in Mali and its effective implementation. “The EU hailed the “crucial” role played by Algeria in the peace process in Mali,” said the foreign ministers of […]

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Algerian troops kill eight Islamist militants

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian soldiers killed eight armed Islamist militants in an operation south of the capital on Sunday, the defence ministry said. It said the eight “terrorists” were killed in an ambush in a mountainous area of the Medea region, about 80km south of Algiers. Arms and ammunition were seized, it said.

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EU boosts Libya naval mission, enforces arms embargo

Monday, June 20, 2016 Comments Off

EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to boost the bloc’s anti-people smuggling operation in the Mediterranean to include training of the Libyan coastguard and enforcing a UN arms embargo. Ministers also agreed to extend Operation Sophia’s mandate by one year, a statement said, as the European Union tries to stem a flood of migrants from […]

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UN chief, CAR president meet on peace process

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Comments Off

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday met Faustin Archange Touadera, president of the Central African Republic (CAR), to discuss the situation in the country, including the president’s dialogue with representatives of the armed groups.

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At least 3 killed in Central African Republic clashes

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Comments Off

At least three people were killed in a new escalation of violence occurred Saturday in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). Members of the Muslim community have decided to take revenge after the discovery of a Muslim body suspected to be murdered by Christians on Saturday night in Bangui.

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UNSC authorizes EU’s Operation Sophia to enforce arms embargo on Libya

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Comments Off

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the European Union’s naval force “Operation Sophia” to enforce arms embargo on Libya. The French-led Council adopted this evening resolution 2292 condemning the flows of arms and related materiel transferred to or from Libya in violation of the arms embargo, including to the so-called Islamic State […]

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Algerian troops kill 2 Islamist militants

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian soldiers have killed two armed Islamists in an operation east of the capital, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. It said the two “terrorists” were killed on Monday in the Jijel area more than 300km from Algiers and added that guns, ammunition and improvised explosive devices were also found.

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Protests erupt in Kenya over assassination plot

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Comments Off

Demonstrations erupted in Kenya’s largest slum on Tuesday over footage appearing to show a pro-government legislator saying top opposition leader Raila Odinga can be assassinated, an opposition official and witnesses said. Analysts say the remarks reflect long-simmering tribal tensions that are heating up again, eight years after they exploded into violence that left more than […]

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UN calls for Libya’s feuding forces to unite against ISIS

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Comments Off

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Monday calling for Libya’s feuding militias and security forces to unite and strengthen national security forces to defend the country from “terrorism.” The resolution encouraged the recently formed national unity government to finalise interim security arrangements to stabilise the country “as a critical step towards tackling […]

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Egypt acquits 52 held over April protests against president

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Comments Off

An Egyptian court has acquitted 52 protesters charged with taking part in anti-government demonstrations in April denouncing the president’s decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The state-run MENA news agency says a Cairo Misdemeanour Court on Tuesday freed the protesters, who were among thousands that rallied on April 25 against […]

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Libya PM calls for unity behind ISIS offensive

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Comments Off

The head of Libya’s unity government on Tuesday urged Libyans to rally behind forces battling to retake the city of Sirte from the Islamic State group. Prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj said advances by pro-government fighters in the jihadist group’s North African stronghold should be a model for “a national initiative to fight

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UN looks to extend Mali mission

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off

As the United Nations looks to extend its most deadly active mission for peacekeepers for another year, those working closely with its venture in Mali say poor local collaboration and funding gaps are costing lives. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to approve 2,500 extra troops and police for the Mali force, […]

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At least 11 killed in northern Mali clashes

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off

At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in fresh violence that erupted over the weekend in northern Mali, local sources said. Clashes erupted between Gatia, a pro-government self-defense group, and Ganda Izo, a group near Tinhabou, northern Mali said to defend sedentary and semi-nomadic groups, Yehia Tandina, head of the regional state […]

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Algeria, US discuss counter-terrorism solutions for Sahel region

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off

The Algerian capital on Sunday held the 3rd Algeria-U.S. meeting on security, as instability hitting the Sahel region, including Libya and Mali, was in the agenda of the discussions. The meeting was co-chaired by Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, and the Coordinator for Counter-terrorism at the […]

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Algeria, AFRICOM discuss Libya security situation

Monday, June 13, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday met with visiting Commander of the U.S. Command for Africa (AFRICOM), General David M. Rodriguez, to discuss the security situation in chaos-ridden Libya and the Sahel region. General Rodriguez is visiting the North African nation as part of the 3rd Algerian-U.S. meeting on security, a statement of the […]

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