Archive for February, 2017

Libya rivals agree to explore ways to end rift: Egypt

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Comments Off

Rival powers in Libya have agreed to form a committee to explore amending a UN-backed deal to end the country’s political turmoil, Egypt announced on Wednesday after hosting talks. The head of Libya’s unity government Fayez al-Sarraj and rival army chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar had been in Cairo this week for talks mediated by the […]

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Egypt chief-of-staff mediates between Libyan rivals in Cairo

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s chief-of-staff has mediated between two Libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in Cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a UN peace deal. Colonel Tamer el-Rifai, an Egyptian army spokesperson, says the two – the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Serraj, and Khalifa Hifter, the country’s most […]

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Tunisian FM, Kobler discuss Libyan situation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisian Foreign minister Khamis Al Jheinawi discussed with the UN Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler developments in Libya. The meeting between Kobler and Jheinawi dealt with efforts being made by Tunisia in collaboration with Libya’s neighboring countries to push for a political settlement, and encourage Libyans of all political affiliations to reach a consensus that […]

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Shoukry, De Mistura discuss ceasefire in Syria

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry received a phone call from the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday to discuss the latest updates regarding the situation in Syria. De Mistura informed Shoukry about the results and details of the ceasefire and truce talks in Syria, which are taking […]

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Haftar rejects meeting with GNA Prime Minister, Al-Serraj in Cairo

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

The leader of the eastern forces of Operation Dignity, which is an operation appointed by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), Khalifa Haftar, refused to meet the Government of National Accord’s Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sirraj, in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting, according to Egyptian sources, was scheduled to be held on Tuesday morning, however, Haftar seems […]

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Algeria-Mali to increase police cooperation

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

Cooperation between Algerian and Malian police is to be boosted, said Monday Mali’s Minister of Security and Civil Protection, Salif Traore, who is on a working visit to Algeria. “I am reassured that cooperation between Algerian and Malian police will go further,” said the Malian official, who paid a visit to National Security Command and […]

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Algeria raises full alert on borders with Libya and Tunisia

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

The forces of Algerian Army had raised the full alert in the border area between Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya to prevent any attempt of infiltration of terrorist groups, especially after the return of many fighters of Daesh to their original countries. The Algerian Defense Ministry said that it had recorded different movements of suspect groups […]

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Egypt army: 13 Egyptians kidnapped in Libya freed

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s army on Tuesday announced the release of 13 Egyptians kidnapped in eastern Libya, which has been plagued by chaos and security problems since 2011. Army spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai said in a statement the 13 “were abducted by an armed criminal group in the Ajdabiya region”.

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DRC: Over 100 dead as troops, militia clash

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

The UN human rights office said on Tuesday it is “deeply concerned” about reports that more than 100 people have been killed in clashes between Congolese soldiers and militia fighters mainly armed with machetes and spears. If confirmed, the UN said, it “would suggest excessive and disproportionate use of force by the soldiers.”

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Libya rivals in Cairo to discuss political settlement

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Comments Off

The head of Libya’s UN-brokered government and the country’s most powerful army commander, who is allied with rival authorities, are expected to meet to discuss a political settlement. A spokesperson for the unity government said on Tuesday that Fayez Serraj’s meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter could lead to a “180-degree turn”. The spokesperson, Ashraf […]

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Sudan pledges support for Libya’s peace and stability

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Abdul Munem Al Naeem has reaffirmed Sudan’s strong support for restoring peace and stability in Libya, and said his country was determined to continue effort to combat irregular migration and trafficking. In a meeting at the Ministry headquarters with the Security Council experts delegation concerned with arms embargo on Libya […]

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Libyan National Guard announced in Tripoli

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

A new military body, the Libyan National Guard (LNG) has been formed and announced in a ceremony on Thursday in Tripoli’s Salah Al-Deen district. The LNG said in its announcement statement that it is a military body that is aiming at securing Libya and Libyans apart from the political parties and issues, apart from tribes […]

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UN voices concern over escalated fighting in South Sudan

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Thursday voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between government and opposition forces in South Sudan, a UN spokesman told reporters here. The head of the UNMISS David Shearer said that fighting in the west bank of the River Nile in the north part of South […]

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France: Libyan parties agreement to realize security of Sahle region

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

Chairperson of External relations Committee of the French National assembly underscored that it is important that various Libyan parties reach an agreement to realize security, control immigration and fight extremism to achieve stability in the Sahle region.

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NE Nigeria: Boko Haram ambush kills eight soldiers

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

At least eight Nigerian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram ambush in the northeastern state of Borno on Friday, a military source and a civilian vigilante said. Both said troops came under attack at about 09:00 GMT at Ajirin village in the Mafa area, some 50km east of the state capital, Maiduguri. “There was […]

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Army helicopter downed in fighting near Libyan oil field

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

A military helicopter that was part of the eastern Libya army force commanded by strongman Khalifa Hifter was shot down on Friday and contact has been lost with the crew members, an army spokesperson said. Faisal Ahbale told The Associated Press that the helicopter was struck in central Libya, where the air forces waged at […]

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New militias emerge in South Sudan conflict

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Comments Off

New militia groups, some “opportunists”, others “downright criminal”, have emerged in South Sudan since renewed violence erupted there last July, the head of an international ceasefire monitoring team said on Friday. Talking to the press in Nairobi, Festus Mogae, a former president of Botswana who leads the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), said these […]

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Libyan Presidency Council leader visits Turkey to discuss security

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Comments Off

The head of the Libyan Presidency Council Fayez Mustafa Al-Sarraj arrived in Ankara yesterday where he met with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım to discuss counterterrorism, energy and economic development between Turkey and Libya as well as the political process under the Libyan Presidency Council. The Libyan leader expressed his sincere appreciation to Turkey for its […]

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Militia chief among 4 killed in CAR flareup

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Comments Off

A militia chief and two of his henchmen were shot dead in clashes in Bangui, Central African Republic’s capital, sparking a backlash in which a pastor was also killed, police said Wednesday. The incident, which took place on Tuesday, erupted in the flashpoint PK5 neighbourhood as security forces backed by UN peacekeepers went in to […]

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Former prime minister wins Somalia’s presidential vote

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Comments Off

A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-US citizenship has been declared Somalia’s new president. Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat after two rounds of voting on Wednesday, and former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was declared the new leader and quickly took the oath of office.

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Libya talks on new unity government gather pace

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Comments Off

Talks on changes to Libya’s unity government could yield results in the coming weeks, putting the north African country on a path to stability, the UN envoy said on Wednesday. The UN-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj was installed in Tripoli last year but has failed to assert itself further east, where strongman General […]

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Egyptian army clashes with militants in Sinai

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s army killed 14 militants in an exchange of fire during a raid in central Sinai, the military spokesman said in a statement on Monday. According to a statement published on Egypt’s army spokesman Facebook page, the military arrested 10 other militants. Three car bombs and 10 explosive devices were destroyed and weapons and communication […]

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EU FMs discuss support for Libya’s GNA

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

EU Foreign Minister were expected to meet here on Monday, to discuss ways of supporting the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord in its effort to exercise control over the Libyan territories and combat irregular migration. The High Representative of the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will brief the meeting […]

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EU could reduce sanctions on Libya to help achieve peace

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

The European Foreign Affairs Council noted in its conclusions on Monday that it was prepared to review restrictive measures on Libya in order to help support peace, stability and security. It also urged all those involved to avoid anything that might undermine the political transition and to engage in constructive efforts and significant dialogue. Three […]

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At least 20 killed during rebel attack in western CAR

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

At least 20 people were killed in an attack by armed rebels on a town in Central African Republic, a local official and residents said Thursday. Dozens of others were wounded when heavily armed rebels of the newly formed group Return, Reclamation and Rehabilitation – or 3R – attacked the western town of Bocaranga, said […]

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Algerian army destroys two terrorist bunkers in Bejaia

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

Two terrorist bunkers were destroyed in a combing operation carried out Sunday, in Bejaia, by a detachment of the People’s National Army said Monday, the ministry of National Defence in a communiqué. “As part of the fight against terrorism and in a search operation carried out in Bejaia, a detachment of the People’s National Army […]

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Algeria holds talks with Libyan political parties

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

Algeria on Tuesday reaffirmed its commitment to support for the United Nations’ peace process in war-torn Libya. Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel, received in his office in Algiers a Libyan delegation representing a coalition of Libyan political parties, led by Ali Bashir Zouik, according to a statement of […]

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Tunisia gets 6 US combat helicopters to fight terror

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

Tunisia’s armed forces have taken delivery of six US-made military helicopters from a total order of 24 for use in its fight against “terror”, the government announced Saturday. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was present at the southern military base of Gabes for the delivery of the aircraft, said a government statement.

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Sahel leaders say terror threat requires immediate action

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Comments Off

Africa’s Sahel region risks becoming a “space for terrorists” unless immediate, co-ordinated action is taken, Chad’s President Idriss Deby warned on Monday, as the area’s leaders gathered for security talks in the Malian capital. The presidents of Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger met in Bamako to discuss the region’s perilous security situation, where […]

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Libya could allow EU, NATO to deploy ships in their waters

Saturday, February 4, 2017 Comments Off

Fayez Al-Sarraj, the leader of the Government of National Accord (GNA), has said that NATO or the European Union (EU) could deploy ships to operate in Libyan waters. They would work alongside the Libyan national military coastguards, to slow down and tackle the flow of migrants travelling across the Mediterranean to reach Europe. This comes […]

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9 Libyan army soldiers killed in Benghazi

Friday, February 3, 2017 Comments Off

Nine Libyan army solders have been killed in the eastern city of Benghazi in clashes with militants after the army took control of a crucial area in the city, according to a military source on Friday. The army took control of Ganfouda district recently, an area known as “12 blocks” that used to be a […]

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NATO Secretary General: We’re ready to assist Libya in building effective defence institutions

Friday, February 3, 2017 Comments Off

The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, said Wednesday that they are prepared to offer assistance for establishing a modern ministry of defense, a joint military staff, and security and intelligence services under civilian control, if requested by Libyan officials. In a joint presser with the Head of the UN-proposed government’s Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj […]

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Egypt, Sudan leaders discuss bilateral ties

Friday, February 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to work together to kick-start a new phase of bilateral relations, a joint statement by the leaders of both countries said on Tuesday amid reports of growing tension between the two neighbours over Khartoum’s hosting of members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group. The announcement was made shortly after Egyptian […]

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Algerian troops kill 3 terrorists on Libyan border

Friday, February 3, 2017 Comments Off

Algerian army on late Wednesday killed three drug trafficker-terrorists in an ambush in the southernmost locality of Illizi, near the border with Libya, said a statement of the Defense Ministry on Thursday.

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Egypt working for Libya political solution, says FM

Friday, February 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt is working for a political solution to fighting in neighbouring Libya, its foreign minister said on Saturday ahead of regional talks on the conflict. “A political solution is the only way to resolve the crisis in Libya,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. He was speaking ahead of talks with foreign ministers from Libya’s […]

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