Archive for December, 2016
The Tunisian President, Beiji Caid Essebsi, said his country wishes that Libya’s unity process can take effect as soon as possible, saying Tunisia is ready to provide any assistance along with Libya’s neighbouring countries, Algeria and Egypt. In an interview with Euronews, Essebsi said Tuesday that his country’s desire is for Libya to regain its […]
The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for a quick implementation of a political deal in Libya in order to stop fighting and form a national unity government in the North African country. The 15-nation UN body, in a press statement issued here late Wednesday, said that the council members “expressed their deep concern over […]
Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry arrived in New York City Tuesday night to meet with the next secretary-general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres after concluding a four day visit to Washington, the ministry’s spokesperson said. In an official statement on Wednesday, the spokesperson said that Shoukry will dicuss with Guterres “various issues on the […]
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (L) meets with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal in Algiers, Algeria, on Dec. 6, 2016. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday kicked off an official visit to Algeria to boost bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of security and economy. ALGIERS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles […]
The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is bracing for violence ahead of the official end of President Joseph Kabila’s term on December 20, amid moves to extend the leader’s mandate. In an address to the Security Council, which was holding talks on the country after at least 31 people died […]
Libyan militias that were expelled from the eastern city of Benghazi are now advancing toward the country’s vital oil terminals, seeking to establish control over Libya’s primary revenue source. The so-called Benghazi Defense Force launched its assault on Wednesday, taking over three eastern towns including the al-Sidra terminal, according to lawmaker
The UN’s envoy for Central Africa says a multinational regional force has reclaimed much of the territory controlled by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin but the extremist group remains a serious threat to regional stability. Francois Lounceny Fall told the Security Council on Wednesday that Boko Haram’s ability to cause mayhem should not […]
An Egyptian official says security forces have arrested the son of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The official says that Osama Morsi was wanted by authorities, without providing further details.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli. “Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options,” Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit […]
Libyan rebels engaged in the military campaign against ISIS in Sirte have registered over 4,000 deaths or injuries since the beginning of May, medical sources said Tuesday. “713 militants have been killed and 3,210 injured in Sirte,” said the spokesman for the central hospital in Misurata, Akram Kaliouan, cited by the website Alwasat. The campaign […]
Algerian Defense Ministry on Monday said its troops seized a load of war weapons on the borderline with Mali. “Part of anti-terrorism efforts and border security, vigilant army troops discovered on Monday a bunker full of arms and ammunition in the southern province of Adrar, near the Malian border,”
Algerian counterterrorism troops on Tuesday arrested two terrorists in the southernmost town of Timiaouine, near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The two gunmen were killed during an ambush by army troops, as a Kalashnikov submachine gun and a quantity of ammunition were retrieved.
At least 23 people died in weekend clashes triggered by tribal rivalry in the Democratic Republic of Cocentral Tshikapa region, the deputy governor of Kasai province said on Monday. Fighting from Friday to Sunday between police and troops on the one hand and members of a local militia on the other left “13 dead and […]
Libyan loyalist forces have seized full control of the coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State jihadist group, an official spokesperson said on Monday. “Our forces have total control of Sirte,” after more than six months of fighting, Reda Issa, a spokesperson for pro-government forces, told AFP. “Our forces saw Daesh totally collapsing,” he […]
China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member UN peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation. Once the entire battalion is deployed, they will replace Chinese peacekeepers currently in place, who suffered two dead in fighting between the government and rebels in July.