Archive for January, 2017

UN Libya envoy ‘satisfied’ by Tunisian summit proposal

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

N special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler said he is satisfied by the initiative launched by Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to hold a summit between Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis, in a statement to Russian news agency Sputnik reported by local media.

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Algeria, Iraq discuss bilateral relations

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

The longstanding relations between Algeria and Iraq were at the centre of discussions between Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) Abdelkader Bensalah and Iraq’s Ambassador to Algeria Abderrahmane Hamed Mohamed Husseini, said the Upper House in a statement. The two sides underlined “the willingness of the two countries to build […]

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Cameroon claims progress in fight against Boko Haram

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

Cameroon said on Wednesday its military offensive against Boko Haram across the Nigerian border has made major progress, with scores of jihadists killed and hundreds of hostages freed since December. But in a sign of continuing jihadist trouble, four would-be human bombs – two young boys and two teenaged girls – tried to strike in […]

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Clashes in Tunisia town over Libya border trade

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

Clashes erupted on Wednesday in Tunisia’s border town of Ben Guerdane between police and protesters demanding the free flow of vital trade with neighbouring Libya, witnesses said. Protesters set fire to tyres and blocked the road between Ben Guerdane and the border crossing of Ras Jedir about 30km away, they said. They gathered outside official […]

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EU presidency calls for urgent migrant deal with Libya

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

The leader of the European Union’s presidency says that record numbers of migrants will try to cross the Mediterranean this spring and he wants the EU to work with Libya now to stem the flow. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Thursday that “we will have a crisis.”

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AU to hold summit on Libya in Congo on Jan 25

Thursday, January 12, 2017 Comments Off

The crisis in Libya is to be the focus of the upcoming African Union summit in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, on January 25, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui

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East Libyan jet strikes rival military plane as tensions escalate

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

Forces allied to Libya’s eastern government carried out an airstrike against a military transport aircraft on Tuesday, wounding the head of the military council from the rival city of Misrata, Reuters reports. The airstrike and preceding clashes between the two military forces has raised fears of an escalation of violence in Libya’s central desert region. […]

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Chad to close its borders with Libya

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

Chad has officially closed its borders with Libya and has opted to deploy troops along the long boundaries in an extensive effort to prevent the big influx of militant fighters who have fled the country because of the prolonged conflict. Even though Daesh has been defeated in its former stronghold in the city of Sirte, […]

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Tunisia welcomes agreement on total ceasefire in Syria

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia has welcomed the agreement on a total ceasefire in Syria, which entered into force on Thursday, and called on all parties to the conflict to respect it in order to allow humanitarian aid to the victims of the Syrian conflict. Tunisia has expressed the wish to see this agreement lead to a global solution […]

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UN envoy meets with Libyan PM, FM

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, on Sunday met with Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister, Fayez Serraj, and Foreign Minister, Mohamed Sayala, in the capital Tripoli to discuss political issues.

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Eight dead in attack on Egyptian police checkpoint in Sinai

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

At least seven Egyptian policemen and a civilian were killed on Monday when suspected ISIL militants attacked a checkpoint in the northern Sinai peninsula with a lorry bomb. Security forces killed five of the attackers. Six police officers, six civilians and three militants were injured in the attack in the city of El Arish. The […]

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Third UN peacekeeper killed by attackers in CAR

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

A UN peacekeeper from Bangladesh was fatally shot by attackers in Central African Republic, UN spokesman Stephan Dujarric said Friday. The peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on patrol were returning from the town of Koui in the Ouham-Pende Prefecture when they were attacked by some […]

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Algeria reaffirms support for restoring peace in Libya

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria reaffirmed on Saturday its commitment to supporting peace and stability in Libya through political dialogues. “We are for inclusive political dialogue bringing together the real Libyan players who decide for the future of their country as part of the political Agreement signed on Dec. 17, 2015 between the different Libyan parties,” Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian […]

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Boko Haram attacks Nigeria military base

Monday, January 9, 2017 Comments Off

At least five soldiers were killed in a surprise weekend attack by Boko Haram Islamists on a military base in northeast Nigeria, senior officers told AFP on Monday. A group of Boko Haram fighters launched an attack on the army facility in the town of Buni Yadi at dusk on Saturday, leading to an “intense […]

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Libyan MPs meet in Cairo to seek solutions to Libyan political turmoil

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Comments Off

Members of the Libyan parliament met on Saturday in Cairo with the head of the Egyptian Committee on Libya Mahmoud Hegazy, to discuss possible solutions to the Libyan turmoil, according to state-owned media. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met last week with the speaker of the Libyan parliament Aguila Saleh Issa, in which the former emphasised […]

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Nigerian army destroys Boko Haram stronghold

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday claimed the military had routed Boko Haram in a key northeastern stronghold, a year after saying the Islamist militants had been “technically” defeated. A campaign lasting for months in the 1,300 square-kilometer forest in northeastern Borno state led to the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave […]

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Niger – At least 31 Boko Haram fighters surrender

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

At least 31 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to authorities in Niger, the West African country’s interior minister Bazoum Mohamed announced on Tuesday. Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency began in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria but has since spread beyond its borders to Chad, Cameroon and Niger. The 31 fighters gave up their arms in Diffa, a southeast […]

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Tunisia says 800 returning jihadists jailed or tracked

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia said on Friday it has jailed or closely monitored 800 jihadists who have returned from foreign battlefields in the past decade. “Some are in prison, some are under house arrest and others are under close surveillance”, government spokesperson Iyed Dahmani said of the fighters who have returned since 2007. A little under 3 000 […]

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DRC set for talks on implementing crisis deal

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

Opposing sides in the crisis that has gripped DR Congo will this week hold their first talks on implementing a landmark deal on the country’s political future, mediators said on Monday. “An initial meeting for deciding on ways to implement the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday,” Father Donatien Nshole, the spokesman for National Episcopal Conference […]

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Algeria strongly condemns terrorist attack in Sadr City, Baghdad

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria has strongly condemned, through the spokesman of the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, the terrorist attacks in Iraq, including that perpetrated Monday morning in Sadr City, a district in the northeast of the capital, Baghdad. “We condemn in the strongest terms the frequent terrorist attacks in Iraq and the escalation of bloody […]

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Tunisia dismantles terrorist cell operating in Sousse governorate

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

A terrorist cell composed of ten people, including two women, was dismantled by the Investigation and Research Unit of the Enfidha National Guard (governorate of Sousse), according to the Interior Ministry. The terrorists used to operate in Hammam Sousse, Akouda, Hergla and Kalaa Kebira. Between 25 and 45 years old, the members of this cell […]

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Burkina Faso president addresses nation after deadly attack killing 12

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Comments Off

Burkina Faso President addressed the nation after 12 soldiers were killed, buildings burned and weapons carried away in a gunmen attack on a military camp on Friday close to the border with Mali. At least 40 heavily armed unidentified men, early on Friday, attacked the military position of Nassoumbou, 45 km north to Djibo and […]

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