AFRICOM AOR -related news stories for 13 January 2010

US Navy Effort in Africa Could Expand to Other Services

Voice of America – By Al Pessin

12 January 2010

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Admiral Harry Harris, the deputy commander of U.S. naval forces in Africa, says he hopes to expand the Navy’s Africa Partnership Station program to involve other U.S. military services.

U.S. Sees ‘Progress’ on Kenya Reforms

Daily Nation (Kenya) – By Dave Opiyo

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/62NiWt

Ambassador Michael Ranneberger said “significant progress” had been witnessed in a number of areas, singling out reforms in the police and the constitutional review process.

U.S. Files More Charges in Piracy Case

Wall Street Journal – By Chad Bray

12 January 2010

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Federal prosecutors brought new allegations Tuesday against a Somali teenager facing U.S. charges of piracy, alleging he was involved in the hijacking of two other ships in the Indian Ocean.

Ugandan president asks for more talks on gay bill

Reuters – By Jack Kimball

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/63RSHv

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Tuesday that an anti-gay bill tabled in parliament had become a foreign policy issue and stressed the need for more discussions.

BBC: Ill Nigerian president gives interview

Associated Press – By Jon Gambrell

12 January 2010

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Nigeria’s hospitalized president, Umaru Yar’Adua, gave a radio interview as protesters planned to descend on the nation’s capital to demand answers about his condition and the state of the nation.

Beshir nominated by his party for Sudan re-election

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/7lo4Db

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir was officially nominated by his party on Tuesday to stand for re-election in April in the first multi-party elections in 24 years.

Centr.African president hampering peace process: ICG

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/8wyon8

President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic is hampering progress towards peace and free elections due this year, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday in a report.

UN News Service Africa Briefs

Full Articles on UN Website

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/50BxQb

  • Additional UN peacekeepers requested ahead of Côte d’Ivoire elections
  • Massive refugee influx from DR Congo straining neighbours’ resources – UN
  • Surge in fighting uproots more Somalis, reports UN refugee agency
  • Ban ‘encouraged’ by recent developments in Guinean politics

 

US backs plan for Egypt’s wall with Gaza

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/77bxcZ

 The United States Tuesday voiced its support for a wall being built by Egypt to block a network of tunnels stretching out from the Gaza Strip, arguing it would stop arms smuggling.

US worried over possible return of Guinea junta chief

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/4ZP5YJ

 The United States expressed concerned Tuesday about the possible return of Guinea junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara to his country, a US State Department official said Tuesday. “Any effort by Dadis to return to Guinea would concern us,” said the official who requested anonymity.

  

Guinea’s Camara leaves Morocco

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

13 January 2010

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Guinea’s junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara, hospitalised in Morocco after a December 3 attempt on his life, left Rabat late on Tuesday for Burkina Faso, a source in the Burkinabe presidency said. “He has left Morocco and is coming to Ouagadougou. We are waiting for him,” the source said.

Togo president to run again

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/8VI7gd

 Togo’s outgoing President Faure Gnassingbe was named on Tuesday the candidate of the ruling Togolese People’s Rally for an election on February 28, at a convention in Lome.

Mauritania: Italy backs army in Mauritania

SAPA – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/7RnJpA

Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Tuesday Rome would renew police and army training assistance for Mauritania to help fight the threat of al-Qaeda, which is holding two Italians.

Nigeria: 3 Britons kidnapped in Nigeria

Reuters – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/8tpgdx

Unknown gunmen in Nigeria kidnapped three British workers and one Colombian on Tuesday in an attack on their convoy near the oil hub Port Harcourt, security sources said. 

Sudan: 45 killed as S Sudan rivals clash

SAPA – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/8RPDA5

New clashes erupted on Monday between two rival tribes in south Sudan, a military official said, with an independent local source reporting that at least 45 people had been killed in the fighting.

Côte d’Ivoire: Elections Under Threat Again

IPS – By Non-attributed Author

http://bit.ly/4VkEff

Preparations for presidential elections scheduled for the end of February or the beginning of March – elections which have already been postponed numerous times since 2005 – have again reached an impasse in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Kenya: U.S. Sees ‘Progress’ on Kenya Reforms

Daily Nation – By Dave Opiyo

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/62NiWt

 Ambassador Michael Ranneberger said “significant progress” had been witnessed in a number of areas, giving Kenyans a ray of hope that all was not lost.

Nigeria: Yar’Adua Says He Will Return to Duty

All Africa – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/7HomML

 President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria has told the BBC in London that his health is improving after treatment in Saudi Arabia and that “as soon as my doctors discharge me, I will return to Nigeria to resume my duties.”

Tang renamed as Equatorial Guinea PM

Reuters – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/7gngtd

 Equatorial Guinea’s government resigned on Tuesday but Prime Minister Ignacio Milam Tang was reappointed later in the day to head the next cabinet, state media reported.

China claims credit for higher African earnings on oil, others

Afrique en ligne – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

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 China is responsible for the increased prices African producers of oil and gas are currently receiving for their produce in the international market, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of a five-nation African swing. 

China to double trade, investment levels with Ethiopia

Afrique en ligne – By Non-attributed Author

12 January 2010

http://bit.ly/75ecqy

 China has opened a new trade window with Ethiopia, announcing a series of new measures aimed at bolstering industrial investments and encouraging Chinese firms to set up industrial parks in the East African nation.

Angola: Second Angola rebel group admits Togo football attack

BBC News –  By Non-attributed Author

http://bit.ly/6Xk60b

 Second separatist group has claimed responsibility for a machine-gun attack on Togo’s football team in Angola, in which at least two people died.

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