AFRICOM AOR-related news clips for 15 January 2010

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.

 Somalia: Ould-Abdallah: Somali extremists pose threat to neighbouring countries

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.

Somalia: British Minister Meets Somali President in Kenya

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.

Uganda: Anti-Terror Force Arrest 15 Ethiopians with forged passports

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.

Guinea: US hopes Guinea coup leader will stay in Burkina Faso

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.

Guinea: Guinean coup leader Camara called to return  

Conakry, (BBC) – Capt Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in Guinea in December 2008 .

Somalia: Italy to fund Somali government ministries

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.

Nigeria: Nigeria court hears lawsuits over leader’s absence

ABUJA, (AP) – Nigerian lawyers who want the country’s ill president temporarily replaced went to court Thursday.

Nigeria: Expats’ kidnappers demand US $2 million ransom

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.

AU: Treaty for common defence, a decisive step towards single African army

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.

SA: SADC leaders urge world to shun Madagascar leader

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.

Tunisia: Tunisian president reshuffles government

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.

Kenya: Kenyan flood death toll rises to 38: Red Cross

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.

Morocco: Morocco calls on relieving fishermen from strict EU measures

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

Kenya: Mombasa Port Joins U.S. War on Terrorism

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.

Africa: Global War on Terror and the Africa Link

New Delhi, India (Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses) – The rise of African Muslim extremists has caused concern in the international community. 

Sudan: Clashes in Darfur as Elections Raise Tensions

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

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