Recent articles on Somalia, Uganda, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Kenya, Morocco, Sudan, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo:
U.S Africa Command: U.S. Army Africa adds two general officers
Vicenza, (Stars and Stripes) – U.S. Army Africa has added Brig. Gen. David Elmo and Brig. Gen. Isaac Osborne to its ranks. Both will serve as deputies to Maj. Gen. William Garrett.
UNITED NATIONS, (KUNA) — UN Special representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah warned late Thursday that the security crisis in Somalia is no longer regional and that the extremists, who include a number of very-well funded foreigners, pose a threat to neighboring countries.
Nairobi, (Shabelle) — The Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Baroness Glenys Kinnock, is visiting Kenya between 13 and 15 January for wide-ranging discussions on bilateral and regional issues with members of Government, Parliament and civil society.
Somalia: 35 died in 4 days of Somalia battles
Mogadishu, (Gulf times) -The pro-government Ahlu Suna Waljama group has been battling insurgent group Hizb ul-Islam in the town of Beledweyene.
Kampala, (allAfrica) – The Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT) has arrested 15 Ethiopians who attempted to travel to Rwanda early this week.
East Africa: Pirate Attacks Rise to Six-Year High
Sea attacks world-wide surged 39% in 2009 to 406 cases, the highest in six years, with Somali pirates’ raids on vessels accounting for more than half of the piracy.
Conakry, (News Meat) – The United States is hoping Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore will persuade the leader of a military coup in Guinea against returning home, a senior State Department official told AFP.
Conakry, (BBC) – Capt Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in Guinea in December 2008 .
Mogadishu, (AP) – Italy will fund the operations of key ministries of the fragile Somali government battling a long-running Islamic insurgency, the Italian foreign minister said on Thursday.
ABUJA, (AP) – Nigerian lawyers who want the country’s ill president temporarily replaced went to court Thursday.
ABUJA, (Afriquejet) – The kidnappers of four expatriate workers in Nigeria have demanded a ransom of 300 million naira (US$2 million) to effect their release, the police said.
Addis Ababa, (Afriquejet) – The coming into force of the treaty of common defense for African Union countries, and the beginning of the application of the binding clauses for the implementation of that treaty announced on 1 January 2010 by AU Commission, are seen as concrete steps towards a single African army.
JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Southern African leaders urged the international community on Thursday to reject plans by Madagascar’s military-backed Andry Rajoelina to ignore power-sharing talks and hold an election.
TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali appointed new finance, defence and foreign affairs ministers in a major reshuffle of his government, the official TAP news agency reported on Thursday.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Floods in Kenya after heavy rains have killed 38 people and forced more than 40,000 from their homes, the Red Cross said on Thursday.
RABAT, (KUNA) — Moroccan authorities called on Spain and the EU to come up with a solution for hurdles of which Moroccan fishermen are facing due to the implementation of EU’s fishing regulations, Moroccan media said Thursday
Nairobi, (Business Daily) – Mombasa has become the first regional port to be included in the Megaports programme initiated by the US government in 2003 to secure world ports from threats by terrorism.
New Delhi, India (Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses) – The rise of African Muslim extremists has caused concern in the international community.
Darfur, (Voice of America) – Armed clashes have re-emerged in western Sudan’s Darfur region, with the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Movement group attacking government positions at Golo town in the mountainous Jebel Marra region in north Darfur.
Mozambique: Mozambique’s Guebuza sworn in for second term
Maputo, (Yahoo) – Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who has promised to relax foreign investment rules and push ahead with economic reforms, was sworn in for his second term Thursday and said fighting poverty, was his priority.
Africa: News by Region
- Somali Government needs more coordinated, effective support – UN envoy
- Ban encourages Ivorian parties to complete tasks ahead of March polls
- 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