AFRICOM-related news clips for 6 January 2010

US urges Guinea to restore civilian rule

 AFP – By Non-attributed Author

 5 January 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top US and French diplomats held talks in Morocco Tuesday with Guinea’s interim junta leader General Sekouba Konate about the need to restore civilian rule in Conakry, a US spokesman said.

 Nigeria chafes at tougher U.S. air security rule

 Reuters – By Camillus Eboh

 5 January 2010

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria urged the United States on Tuesday to reconsider its decision to require tighter security for Nigerian air travelers in the wake of the botched bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

 Major U.S. Company Divests Over Rights Violations – By Melissa Britz

 5 January 2010

A major American financial services company, TIAA-CREF, has divested from four Asian energy companies doing business with the Sudanese government due to concerns about human rights violations in the country.

 U.N. stops food aid to 1 million in Somalia

Associated Press – By Non-attributed Author

5 January 2010

HARGEISA, Somalia – The U.N. food agency on Tuesday suspended the distribution of aid in southern Somalia because of attacks on its staff, a decision affecting up to 1 million people that highlights the dangers of humanitarian work there.

 South Sudan vote could lead to war, says top adviser

Reuters – By Non-attributed Author

5 January 2010

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan’s vote on independence next year will lead to a new war unless key questions of the north-south border, nationality and external debts are resolved, a senior presidential adviser said.

 DR Congo’s national army takes control of Enyele insurgents

Xinhua – By Non-attributed Author

5 January 2010

KINSHASA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — The national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo has taken control of a stronghold from Enyles insurgents, who are held responsible for the recent bloodshed in the northwestern region of Dongo.

 UN News Service Africa Briefs

Full Articles on UN Website

5 January 2010

 * National police undertake UN-backed pre-election training in Darfur

* Uptick in attacks forces UN food agency to shut down programmes in Somalia

*  UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

* UN envoy urges Sudan to work for stability, security in 2010

* DR Congo: UN rushes food to thousands displaced by ethnic fighting

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