Archive for September, 2016

Egypt shows support for Libyan army’s move to secure oil wealth

Friday, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt shows support for Libyan army’s move to secure oil wealth

Egypt supports the Libyan army’s move to secure the country’s oil wealth and preserve stability and security, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told state-owned MENA agency. The statement by Shoukry comes days after troops loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday they had seized two major oil export terminals as the Tripoli-based Government […]

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Egypt receives second French Mistral warship

Friday, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt receives second French Mistral warship

Egypt on Friday received the second Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Doc (LHD) warship from France, official news agency MENA reported. Egyptian Navy Commander Osama Rabie and Chief of the French Navy Admiral Christophe Prazuck attended a ceremony marking France’s handover of the warship to Egypt in the western French port of Saint Nazaire, the report said. […]

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UN demands South Sudan co-operate on regional force

Friday, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on UN demands South Sudan co-operate on regional force

The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged South Sudan’s government to take immediate steps to allow a new regional force to deploy in Juba as it weighed imposing an arms embargo. Following a closed-door meeting, New Zealand Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, who holds the council presidency, said it was time for “actions, not words” from […]

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Libya’s east-based parliament promotes powerful general

Friday, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on Libya’s east-based parliament promotes powerful general

Libya’s internationally recognised parliament, which is based in the far east and effectively runs this part of the country, has promoted a powerful general. The gesture is likely to rile the UN-brokered government in the capital, Tripoli, which is not recognized by the east-based parliament.

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South Sudan conflict sends refugee numbers soaring past one million mark

Friday, September 16, 2016 Comments Off on South Sudan conflict sends refugee numbers soaring past one million mark

Renewed fierce fighting has pushed more than 185,000 people to flee South Sudan since July, sending the number of refugees from the impoverished nation past one million, the UN said on Friday. “The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries has this week passed the one million mark,” the United Nations refugee agency […]

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Mogadishu hosts East African summit

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Mogadishu hosts East African summit

Security has been enhanced around Somali capital, Mogadishu on Tuesday as the Horn of Africa nation hosts a regional summit which is also expected to tackle crisis in South Sudan. A statement from the Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said seven Heads of State and government from the seven-member bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority (IGAD) are […]

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South Sudan has no other option than peace: vice president

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on South Sudan has no other option than peace: vice president

South Sudan is implementing peace because “we have no other option than having peace”, visiting First Vice-President Taban Deng said here on Tuesday. More violence is not an in South Sudan or anywhere elsewhere in Africa, Deng said at a press briefing after talks with his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa. “We have to settle […]

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Egypt reiterates full support to Iraq in war against terrorism

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt reiterates full support to Iraq in war against terrorism

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has affirmed Egypt’s full support for Iraq in its war against terrorism, while Iraqi President Fuad Masum has revealed Iraq’s intention to improve relations between the two countries. Media office of Masum, in a statement, said, “Iraqi President Fuad Masum received a phone call from his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah […]

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Egypt, UN Special Envoy discuss ceasefire in Syria

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt, UN Special Envoy discuss ceasefire in Syria

Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister 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 in Syria, which the United States (US) […]

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US, European allies condemn Haftar oil offensive in Libya

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on US, European allies condemn Haftar oil offensive in Libya

The United States and its major European allies on Monday condemned an offensive by faction commander Khalifa Haftar against a string of oil ports in eastern Libya. Libya’s fledgling internationally-recognised government has in recent days lost control of three oil exporting towns to an advance by Haftar’s forces.

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7 Niger soldiers killed by Boko Haram, says army

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Comments Off on 7 Niger soldiers killed by Boko Haram, says army

Seven Niger soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in two separate attacks by Boko Haram Islamists over the past week, the army has said. The two attacks took place in the southeastern Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, according to a military statement released late on Tuesday.

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Tunisia makes initiative to revitalise Arab League’s role in solving Libyan conflict

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia makes initiative to revitalise Arab League’s role in solving Libyan conflict

An initiative to revitalise the Arab League’s role in resolving the Libyan crisis and urging stakeholders to settle disputes and iron out difficulties that impede the implementation of the political agreement was tabled Thursday by Tunisia as part of its presidency of the 146th Ordinary Session of the Arab Foreign Ministers’ Council.

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Egypt welcomes US-Russia agreement on Syria ceasefire

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Egypt welcomes US-Russia agreement on Syria ceasefire

Egypt and the Arab League (AL) welcomed on Saturday the ceasefire recently reached in conflict-stricken Syria after mediation efforts of the United States and Russia. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry hailed the truce that was reached Friday evening and will take effect on Sept. 12, the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, calling on […]

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Libya’s last chemical arms reach German destruction plant

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Libya’s last chemical arms reach German destruction plant

Libya’s last chemical weapons stocks have arrived safely in Germany after being shipped out of the country, and will now be prepared for destruction, a global watchdog said Thursday. “Another crucial step has been taken toward eliminating Libya’s remaining chemical weapon precursors,” Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons […]

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Morocco says committed to Western Sahara truce

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Morocco says committed to Western Sahara truce

Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations has said Rabat is committed to a ceasefire in Western Sahara after the UN voiced fears of renewed hostilities in the disputed territory. A 1991 UN-brokered truce ended 16 years of conflict between Morocco, which maintains that Western Sahara is an integral part of its kingdom and the Algiers-backed […]

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Libyan troops recapture key oil terminals from militia

Monday, September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Libyan troops recapture key oil terminals from militia

Libyan forces loyal to a powerful general on Sunday recaptured two key oil terminals from militias in a surprise attack, according to officials familiar with the operation. They said forces led by General Khalifa Hifter, who heads the Libyan National Army, took over the Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra terminals on Libya’s Mediterranean coast and were […]

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UN voices concerns over security situation in Western Sahara

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on UN voices concerns over security situation in Western Sahara

United Nations expressed concerns about the situation prevailing in the region of Guerguerat, in the south of occupied Western Sahara, where Morocco’s occupation army units face, from a distance of 120 metres, Polisario Front positions, at the risk of confrontation, the UN said Wednesday. The two camps “have maintained their positions at about 120 metres […]

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Tunisia hosts new round of Libyan political talks

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia hosts new round of Libyan political talks

Under the patronage of the United Nations, members of the Libyan political dialogue held a consultative meeting in Tunisia on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in Libya, including the implementation of the Libyan political agreement signed in Assakhriat, Morocco. A statement issued by the UN mission in Libya, headed by Martin Kobler, […]

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Libya military to dismantle bombs and mines left by IS in Sirte

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Libya military to dismantle bombs and mines left by IS in Sirte

Libyan forces are assisting a group of military engineers to dismantle bombs and mines left behind by ISIS fighters in recently liberated areas of Sirte. The engineers gathered old 155mm ammunition, which were heavily used by ISIS, attached to random household objects such as window fastenings and door handles. Small missiles, detonation devices, shells and […]

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UN hails removal of chemical weapons in Libya

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on UN hails removal of chemical weapons in Libya

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Thursday successful removal of all chemical weapons from Libya, in an operation facilitated and coordinated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In a statement, Ban welcomed the contribution of personnel, technical expertise, equipment, financial and other resources by Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, […]

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Messahel holds talks in Cairo with Tunisian, Sudanese and Libyan FMs

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Messahel holds talks in Cairo with Tunisian, Sudanese and Libyan FMs

Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel held discussions, Thursday in Cairo, with the Tunisian and Sudanese Foreign ministers and Libyan Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as the Arab League’s Secretary General, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement. The discussions, held on the sidelines of the meeting of […]

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CAR, Chad and Sudan leaders discuss joint border force

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on CAR, Chad and Sudan leaders discuss joint border force

Sudan, Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) leaders held talks on Wednesday over the deployment of joint border monitoring units. The meeting was held in the capital of North Darfur state El Fasher were on the sidelines of the celebrations to mark the completion of Darfur Document for Peace in Darfur attended.

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Tunisia calls for ban on radical Islamist party

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia calls for ban on radical Islamist party

Tunisia’s government has asked a military court to outlaw the radical Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir movement, which has been regularly accused of “undermining public order” since its legalisation in 2012, an official said Wednesday. “A request to ban was submitted recently. We are awaiting the decision of the military investigative judge,” the official, who spoke on […]

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Rival Boko Haram groups clash in Nigeria

Thursday, September 8, 2016 Comments Off on Rival Boko Haram groups clash in Nigeria

In-fighting has broken out in Boko Haram after the Islamic State group announced a new leader of its Nigerian affiliate, according to reports in the country’s remote northeast. IS said last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the son of Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf, had replaced Abubakar Shekau at the head of the designated terrorist […]

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South Sudanese lawmakers call for ‘restrictions’ on troop deployment

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Comments Off on South Sudanese lawmakers call for ‘restrictions’ on troop deployment

While most lawmakers in South Sudan have welcomed government’s decision to accept the deployment of a regional protection force, some lawmakers have called on conditions to be placed on such a commitmen. The South Sudanese government had initially opposed the move to have troops deployed to the region but caved to international pressure after the […]

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Malian army retakes town from jihadists

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Malian army retakes town from jihadists

The Malian army has regained control of a central town briefly held by a hardline armed group, according to UN and Malian security sources, but the fighters have allegedly left with a local official they were keeping hostage. Boni – home to several thousand people – was seized by the group on Friday afternoon until […]

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Inter-Libyan meeting hosted in Tunis

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Inter-Libyan meeting hosted in Tunis

A new round of UN-sponsored talks on Monday and Tuesday are scheduled to take place in Tunis-Gammarth in efforts by the commission for inter-Libyan dialogue to solve the crisis in Libya. The meeting, according to a statement released by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), will focus on the evolution of the situation […]

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French Defense Minister warns IS could spread from Libya to Egypt and Tunisia

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on French Defense Minister warns IS could spread from Libya to Egypt and Tunisia

The French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Monday that it is quite likely that IS radical groups remaining in Libya would flee to Egypt or Tunisia after being pushed and defeated in their Libyan stronghold of Sirte, “We should begin to look seriously at the question of the spread of the terrorists once Sirte […]

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Algeria, UN envoy discuss ways to defeat IS in Libya

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Algeria, UN envoy discuss ways to defeat IS in Libya

Visiting UN Special Envoy for Libya Martin Kobler said here on Saturday that he discussed with Algerian officials the situation in Libya and the growing threat of the terrorist group of Islamic State. Kobler held in Algiers talks with Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel over the […]

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Mali defence minister fired after jihadists seize town

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Mali defence minister fired after jihadists seize town

Mali’s defence minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly was fired on Saturday, officials told AFP, a day after jihadists briefly took control of a town in the country’s centre. A decree released by the government stated his post had been revoked after militants stepped up attacks in the country’s centre in recent months, targeting government and military […]

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Central Mali town falls to suspected jihadists

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Central Mali town falls to suspected jihadists

A central Malian town was under suspected jihadist control on Friday after administrative buildings were attacked and the army was driven from the area, an elected official and a security source said. “At the moment jihadists are in control of the town of Boni. They infiltrated the town and today fired on several buildings,” an […]

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Libya forces facing ‘fierce’ IS resistance in Sirte

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on Libya forces facing ‘fierce’ IS resistance in Sirte

Libyan pro-government forces are facing “fierce resistance” from Islamic State group holdouts in Sirte and it could take several days to gain full control of the city, a spokesperson said on Sunday. Forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a new attack on Saturday against ISIS in Sirte, the coastal city seized […]

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South Sudan agrees to 4 000 new peacekeepers

Monday, September 5, 2016 Comments Off on South Sudan agrees to 4 000 new peacekeepers

South Sudan has agreed to the deployment of a 4 000-strong regional protection force approved by the UN Security Council after first rejecting the peacekeepers as a violation of its sovereignty. Sunday’s announcement came after the Security Council met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir during a rare visit to the turbulent East African country.

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Egyptian President starts 3 day visit to India

Thursday, September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Egyptian President starts 3 day visit to India

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a three-day visit and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday with an aim to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade. Later in the evening, Sisi is expected to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Tunisia: 2 terrorists killed in security operation in Kasserine

Thursday, September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Tunisia: 2 terrorists killed in security operation in Kasserine

Police killed two suspected jihadi terrorists and seized guns and a suicide belt in a raid Wednesday in the western region of Kasserine, Tunisia’s interior ministry said. The two men were known to police and had been on a terrorist wanted list before dying in an hours-long shootout that lasted from Tuesday into early Wednesday.

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