Archive for December, 2016

Tunisia expresses will to help Libya evade division

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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UN Security Council calls for quick implementation of political deal in Libya

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Egypt’s FM to meet the next UN secretary-general in New York

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Belgian PM visits Algeria to discuss security

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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DRC UN mission braces for clashes as leader’s term ends

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Libyan militias launch assault on vital oil terminals

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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

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UN: Boko Haram remains a threat even as they lose territory

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Egyptian authorities arrest son of ousted president Morsi

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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US rules out army intervention in Libya

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Over 4,000 rebels killed or wounded in Sirte in fight against IS

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Algerian troops discover heavy arms on Malian border

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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,”

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Algerian troops arrest 2 terrorists near Malian border

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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Clashes in central DRC leave at least 23 dead

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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Libya pro-government forces say seize Sirte from IS

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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 […]

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China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

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.

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