Archive for January, 2016

Guinea: two years in prison asked against General Nouhou Thiam

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Guinea: two years in prison asked against General Nouhou Thiam

The military prosecution requested Thursday two years imprisonment against General Nouhou Thiam, former Chief of General Staff of the Armed under the Transition (December 2008 – December 2010) and five other defendants at their trial on appeal in Conakry . They had all been arrested following the attack on July 19, 2011 against the private […]

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Ivory Coast urges UN force for Mali

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Ivory Coast urges UN force for Mali

New York – Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Charles Koffi Diby urged the UN Security Council on Monday to approve “in the coming days,” an international force to confront extremist groups in northern Mali. At a debate in the Council over the situation in the Sahel, which neighbors Mali, Diby stressed that the region “is gradually […]

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Algeria army kills 109 terrorists

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria army kills 109 terrorists

Algiers – The Algerian army killed a total of 109 terrorists, the term used by the government for armed Islamist fighters and arrested another 36 in 2015, a defence ministry toll published on Monday said. Troops also seized explosives, assault rifles, rocket

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Germany mulls sending 100 troops to train Libyan army

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Germany mulls sending 100 troops to train Libyan army

Germany is considering sending more than 100 troops to train the armed forces of Libya, which is in turmoil due to rival political administrations and Islamic State jihadist attacks, Der Spiegel magazine reported Saturday. “According to internal (government) plans German soldiers could, along with Italian colleagues, within months begin training the Libyan armed forces,” the […]

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Turkey supports Libyan unity, solidarity

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Turkey supports Libyan unity, solidarity

Turkey will support Libyan unity and solidarity, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday. “Turkey will always take your side in the context of Libya’s economic development and reconstruction when Libya gains stability,” the premier said in an Ankara meeting with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, from Libya’s unity government. Davutoglu said Turkey had offered support […]

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Italy weighs military action against Daesh

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Italy weighs military action against Daesh

ROME: Italy is considering taking part in possible military intervention to combat Daesh in Libya, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported, quoting an unidentified participant at a meeting led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The Rome meeting dedicated to Libya on Tuesday discussed for the first time the option of military intervention to combat Daesh […]

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Algeria condemns Jakarta attacks

Thursday, January 14, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria condemns Jakarta attacks

ALGIERS- Algeria strongly condemns the series of terrorist attacks in Jakarta (Indonesia), expressing its “full” solidarity with the Indonesian government, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué. “Algeria strongly condemns the series of terrorist attacks that shook Jakarta today, and expresses its full solidarity with the brotherly Indonesian government and people,” said the […]

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Sudan security forces break up West Darfur protesters

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Sudan security forces break up West Darfur protesters

Khartoum – Sudanese security forces in West Darfur’s state capital on Sunday dispersed protesters who had gathered outside government buildings, with rebels claiming four demonstrators were killed but officials saying there had been no casualties. The unrest began after a group of people rallied outside the West Darfur government secretariat in Geneina, both government and […]

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ISIS attack repelled in Libya

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on ISIS attack repelled in Libya

Benghazi – Libyan guards said on Monday they repelled a maritime assault by the Islamic State jihadist group on Zueitina oil terminal in the north of the country. ISIS tried last week to seize export terminals in the so-called “oil crescent” of northern Libya, killing 56 people in two suicide bombings in Zliten and Ras […]

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Rebels in eastern Congo attack UN helicopter

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Rebels in eastern Congo attack UN helicopter

Kinshasha – A United Nations-backed radio station says that a UN helicopter was attacked by suspected rebels in Congo’s east. A spokesperson with the UN mission in Congo, Charles Bambara, confirmed the attack near Erengeti in Beni territory in Congo’s North Kivu province. He said there were no injuries, and little damage. The helicopter landed […]

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Kenya asks UN to repatriate Somali refugees

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Kenya asks UN to repatriate Somali refugees

Nairobi – Kenya said it has asked the UN refugee agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July in the wake of the Garissa University massacre. “We have asked the UNHCR to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” a government statement quoted Vice President […]

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Mali: UN must enable peacekeepers to confront terrorists

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Mali: UN must enable peacekeepers to confront terrorists

New York – UN peacekeepers in Mali should have a mandate to confront terrorist groups threatening a fragile process, the West African country’s foreign minister said on Monday. Abdoulaye Diop said Malian security forces are on the front lines in the battle against terrorist groups but “cannot by themselves confront this phenomenon.” He urged the […]

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Merkel asks Algeria to help speed up return of migrants

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Merkel asks Algeria to help speed up return of migrants

Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday asked for Algiers’ help in speeding up the repatriation of rejected Algerian asylum seekers to their country of origin. Berlin and Algiers have in place a mutual agreement governing expulsions of their citizens, “but we have to ensure that it works properly,” said Merkel at a press […]

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Nigeria: Seven killed in another Boko Haram attack in Madagali

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Nigeria: Seven killed in another Boko Haram attack in Madagali

Seven people were killed on January 10 in an attack by members of Islamist group Boko Haram in Madagali in north-eastern Nigeria, reported AFP on Tuesday the police and a local official. Another attack conducted by members of Boko Haram took place Sunday night at Madagali, a remote town north of Adamawa State, already under […]

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Libya: EU pushed for the peace plan after two attacks by IS

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Libya: EU pushed for the peace plan after two attacks by IS

The Europeans officials Friday urged Libyan from all sides to accelerate the establishment of a national unity government, a day after two deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State Group (EI). The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini promised to support, including financially, Libya in the fight against terrorism, saying that the EU had prepared […]

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Lebanon arrested the coordinator of a deadly attack claimed by the IS

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Lebanon arrested the coordinator of a deadly attack claimed by the IS

The coordinator of a murderous attack in November in a suburb of Beirut and claimed by the Islamic State Group (EI) was arrested on Sunday, told AFP a source of security services. This double suicide bombing had 44 dead and 240 injured Nov. 12 in a crowded shopping street in the district of Bourj Barajné, […]

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14 killed in DR Congo by suspected Rwandan rebels

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on 14 killed in DR Congo by suspected Rwandan rebels

Goma – Fourteen people were killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, in an attack blamed on rebels from neighbouring Rwanda, local authorities and the military said on

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Suicide bomber kills 6 at Libya checkpoint

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Suicide bomber kills 6 at Libya checkpoint

Benghazi – A suicide bomber killed six people, including a child on Thursday at a checkpoint in a Libyan oil region that has been shaken by a recent jihadist assault, the Red Crescent said. “I am at the morgue where six bodies from the site of the attack were brought, including the body of a […]

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S Sudan leader names rebels to parliament

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on S Sudan leader names rebels to parliament

Juba – South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday named 50 lawmakers from the rebel movement and agreed to share ministerial posts with his rivals in line with a peace deal aimed at ending a two-year civil war. Kiir announced the appointment of 50 members of parliament named by the rebel side in a broadcast […]

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Egypt court upholds Mubarak jail sentence

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt court upholds Mubarak jail sentence

Egypt’s top appeals court upheld on Saturday a three-year prison sentence for ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons for corruption. It was not immediately clear, however, how long Mubarak would remain in detention. Both of his sons were set free in October with time served taken into account.

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Egypt’s first parliament in 3 years convenes

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt’s first parliament in 3 years convenes

Cairo – Egypt’s first legislature in more than three years, a 596-seat chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has convened. The assembly, elected in November and December, is also the first elected chamber since el-Sisi, as military chief, led the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following massive protests against the Islamist […]

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Sudan security forces break up West Darfur protesters

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on Sudan security forces break up West Darfur protesters

Khartoum – Sudanese security forces in West Darfur’s state capital on Sunday dispersed protesters who had gathered outside government buildings, with rebels claiming four demonstrators were killed but officials saying there had been no casualties. The unrest began after a group of people rallied outside the West Darfur government secretariat in Geneina, both government and […]

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UN pulls DRC troops from Central Africa mission

Monday, January 11, 2016 Comments Off on UN pulls DRC troops from Central Africa mission

New York – The UN has asked the Democratic Republic of Congo to repatriate its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic after they failed to meet UN standards, a spokesman said Friday. The Congolese troops serving in the MINUSCA force underwent two reviews by UN peacekeeping officials who found that they “only partially” met UN […]

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Sisi discusses national security with General Intelligence Service officials

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Sisi discusses national security with General Intelligence Service officials

  The Egyptian president visited the Egyptian General intelligence Service headquarters to discuss the latest regional developments and their impact on Egypt. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Tuesday afternoon the Egyptian General Intelligence Service headquarters in Cairo where he held a meeting to discuss the latest regional developments and their impacts on Egyptian national security.

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Tunisia extends emergency for 2 months

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia extends emergency for 2 months

Tunisia’s government has extended a state of emergency imposed after a November suicide bombing, from December 24 to Feruary. 21. The state of emergency grants the presidency and armed forces more powers and suspends some rights. The statement said the decision to extend it was made after consultations with the prime

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Germany to send up to 650 soldiers for Mali, Iraq

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Germany to send up to 650 soldiers for Mali, Iraq

The German Cabinet has approved plans to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, boosting its presence in the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country which is beset by militant violence. It also agreed to increase the numbers of soldiers training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to up to 150 from 100.

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Algerian troops kill 109 militants in 2015

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Algerian troops kill 109 militants in 2015

Algerian army troops killed as many as 109 militants and arrested 36 others in 2015, according to an annual report released by Defense Ministry on Sunday. “As part of the fight against terrorism, the National People’s Army eliminated 109 terrorists and arrested 36 others,” the report said, adding that 18 quintals of explosives, a large […]

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DRC rebels attack UN peacekeepers

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on DRC rebels attack UN peacekeepers

Kinshasa – At least 25 people have been killed – including seven civilians hacked to death – in an overnight attack by the Ugandan rebels in an eastern town of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Congolese army. Clashes broke out in Eringeti, 55 km north of the regional hub of Beni, when the […]

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Niger ‘winning the war’ against Boko Haram – army chief

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Niger ‘winning the war’ against Boko Haram – army chief

Niamey – Niger is “in the process of winning the war” against Boko Haram jihadists who have staged attacks from neighbouring Nigeria since February last year, the army chief, General Seini Garba, said on Tuesday. Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in March, has stepped up attacks on areas of Niger, […]

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UN eyes further troop cut to DRC mission

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on UN eyes further troop cut to DRC mission

New York – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is recommending that 1 700 troops be cut from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second drawdown in two years. Ban said in a report to the Security Council released on Tuesday that a further cut could be decided if progress […]

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Boko Haram kill seven in suicide attack, raid

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on Boko Haram kill seven in suicide attack, raid

Kano – Boko Haram gunmen have mounted their first attacks since Nigeria’s government declared them “technically” defeated, killing seven people in a raid and suicide bombing, residents told AFP on Wednesday. The attacks happened on Tuesday in the northeastern state of Borno, near the Islamists’ Sambisa Forest hideout, where the army is looking to flush […]

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At least 50 killed in Boko Haram attacks

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 Comments Off on At least 50 killed in Boko Haram attacks

Maiduguri – Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months on Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, witnesses said and at least 50 people were killed and the death toll could increase. At least 30 were killed and more than 90 wounded in overnight […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign new deal on Nile dam

Monday, January 4, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign new deal on Nile dam

Cairo – Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have signed an agreement finalising the two firms tasked with carrying out studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile, their foreign and water ministers said. Cairo and Addis Ababa had previously been locked in a bitter war of words over […]

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African Union threatens Burundi sanctions

Monday, January 4, 2016 Comments Off on African Union threatens Burundi sanctions

Addis Ababa – The African Union on Wednesday threatened to sanction Burundi’s rival factions if they failed to attend peace talks next month, as it pushes the government to accept a peacekeeping force. Burundi’s government and opposition, who met in Uganda on Monday, are due to meet again in January in the northern Tanzanian town […]

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Mali extends state of emergency until March 31

Monday, January 4, 2016 Comments Off on Mali extends state of emergency until March 31

Bamako – Mali has extended by three months a nationwide state of emergency initially imposed following a deadly jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital in November, officials said on Wednesday. The government on Monday submitted a bill authorising the fresh extension to March 31 “because of serious threats to the security of persons […]

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