AFRICOM -related news clips for 26 January 2010

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ETHIOPIA: U.S. NAVY ASSISTS IN SALVAGE OPERATION FOR ETHIOPIAN PLANE (Stars and Stripes)

Naples — The U.S. Navy has sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage to help in the salvage and recovery efforts of a commercial airliner that plunged into the waters off the Lebanese coast early Monday morning.

AFRICA: HUNGRY FOR NEW CONTENT, GOOGLE TRIES TO GROW ITS OWN IN AFRICA (The New York Times)

Alas, the cultivators and the grazers seem destined for conflict. The largest online grazer of them all, Google, has repeatedly come upon fences as it roams the Internet seeking new material for search results

TANZANIA: APS CONCLUDES TRAINING IN TANZANIA (DVIDS)

Dar Es Salaam – Africa Partnership Station East wrapped up its weeklong training engagement involving APS maritime instructors and members of the Tanzanian Navy with a graduation ceremony.

DRC: NORMALCY RETURNS TO EASTERN DR CONGO (XINHUA)

Nairobi – Normalcy has returned to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) which was hit by deadly attacks in recent months by rebel groups, mediators said on Monday. Briefing Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in Nairobi, former Presidents Olesegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania said the current situation has significantly improved since the signing of the Peace Agreement in March 2009.

CONGO-KINSHASA: CHINA TO PUSH FOR PEACE IN EASTERN REGION  (The New Times)

Kigali — China is willing to use its super power clout to enhance peace and security in the region, especially the eastern DRC where negative forces have found sanctuary, a top Chinese diplomat promised Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday. 

SOMALIA: BLAST AT SOMALI AU HOSPITAL (NEWS24)

Mogadishu – An explosion at the African Union (AU) outpatients’ clinic near Mogadishu’s airport on Monday evening killed some Somalis, the spokesperson for African Union peacekeepers in Somalia said.

SOMALIA: AL SHABAAB CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR EXPLOSION AT AU CLINIC IN MOGADISHU (XINHUA)

Mogadishu – The Islamist insurgent movement of Al Shabaab in Somalia on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an explosion detonated the previous day at an outpatient clinic in an African Union (AU) forces base in Mogadishu.

SOMALIA: USA TAKES IN 6,000 SOMALI FROM UGANDA (The New Vision)

Kampala — THE American government is to resettle 5,800 refugees from Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district to the United States, Prosy Katura, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) protection officer, has revealed.

SOMALI SPEAKER ASKS MPS ABROAD TO RETURN WITHIN TWO WEEKS (Reuters)

Nairobi – The speaker of Somalia’s parliament has asked legislators living abroad to return to Mogadishu within two weeks or face disciplinary action, the deputy speaker said on Monday.

SOMALIA: DONORS PLEDGE U.S.$204 MILLION TO SUPPORT AMISOM OPERATIONS (The East African)

Nairobi — Donors have pledged $204 million to support the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, Amisom, and promised to reimburse countries that have contributed troops and used their own equipment in peacekeeping operations.

SOMALIA: FORMER PM TO FACE CHARGES (Garowe online)

An official speaking for Somalia’s Attorney General Office says a case against former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi will be the first one, in series that face prominent persons, expected to be presented before the high court in the coming days.

LIBERIA: ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF TO SEEK SECOND TERM IN 2011  (AllAfrica)

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected head-of-state in Africa, announced Monday during her annual message to the national legislature that she will seek a second term during elections next year.

KENYA: NEW TRADE PLATFORM TO BOOST EAC TIES WITH THE U.S. (The East African)

Nairobi – The East African Community is poised to boost its business ties with the US in a new trade platform that will help member states utilise existing trade opportunities like the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.

KENYA: TRIBAL CLASHES LEAVE FIVE DEAD, SEVERAL INJURED (The Standard)

At least five people have been killed in the ongoing clashes along Trans Mara East-Trans Mara West districts border since it begun nearly a month ago

KENYA: SECURITY AGENCIES ON ALERT OVER MILITIA SCARE (The East African)

Nairobi — Kenyan security agencies are concerned about reports that increasing numbers of Al-Shabaab militants are entering the country.

KENYA: CHINA’S MARCH IN KENYA UPSETS LOCAL FIRMS (Daily Nation)

Days after a visit by the Chinese Foreign minister Yang Jiechi, the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi was closed down for a Sh1 billion renovation.

ALGERIA: ALGERIA CRITICISES US ‘DOUBLE-STANDARDS’ OVER WATCHLIST (AFP)

Algiers – Algeria’s foreign minister hit out Monday at the United States’ decision to put it on a terror watchlist as part of new aviation security measures, accusing Washington of "double standards".

NIGERIA: HUNDREDS ARRESTED AFTER NIGERIA CLASHES (BBC)

Jos – More than 300 people suspected of being involved in last week’s deadly religious clashes in central Nigeria have been arrested, police have said.

NIGERIAN ARMY RESTRICTS SOLDIERS MOVEMENTS OVER ‘TENSION’ (AP)

Abuja- The Nigerian Army has restricted troop movements due to what is says is rising tension.

NIGERIA: PRESSURE MOUNTS, SAUDIS WANT YAR’ADUA BACK HOME  (This Day)

Lagos — There were indications yesterday that the Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may be getting increasingly uncomfortable with the continuing stay of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Jeddah, as they believe "he is well enough to travel back to Nigeria to continue his recuperation," diplomatic sources told THISDAY.

NIGERIAN LEADER MOVED TO ROYAL SUITE (DAILY KENYAN)

Jeddah – Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua is recuperating in a royal suite at a clinic in Saudi Arabia but doctors want him fit enough to resume office before discharging him, Nigeria’s ambassador said yesterday.

NIGERIA ACQUIRES LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES FOR SICK PRESIDENT (XINHUA)

Lagos – The Nigerian Presidency had imported two life support machines for use by ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, ahead of his planned return from Saudi Arabia later this week, the Punch reported on Monday.  

NIGERIA: 200 WIDOWED BY JOS CLASHES (NEWS24)

Lagos – A Nigerian relief agency said that it had registered Sunday 213 women widowed and 1 265 children orphaned by last week’s Muslim-Christian clashes in and around the central city of Jos.

NIGERIA: CURFEW RELAXED IN NIGERIA’S VIOLENCE-WRACKED CITY: ARMY (AFP)

Jos– Authorities in central Nigeria said Monday a curfew had been further relaxed and normal life had returned to the city of Jos where Muslim-Christian clashes have left an estimated 500 people dead.

SUDAN SETS TWO-MONTH DEADLINE FOR DEAL WITH REBELS (AFP)

Doha – Negotiations between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups must be completed within two months, ahead of Sudan’s presidential and legislative elections, a senior official has said.

SUDAN: KIIR SAYS READY TO GO TO COURT OVER HIS CONTROVERSIAL MILITARY STATUS (Sudan Tribune)

Juba – The president of the semi-autonomous region of Southern Sudan, who is standing for the presidency of the region in the upcoming April elections, said he was ready to defend himself in a court of law over his controversial military status.

SUDAN: KHARTOUM PAPER PRINTS ‘NONSENSE’ ON BLUE NILE TROOP BUILD-UP, SAYS SPLA (Sudan Tribune)

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Official Spokesman, Maj-Gen. Kuol Deim Kuol, today denied that the South Sudan army is building up forces in Blue Nile State

YEMEN INVESTIGATES 43 FOR LINKS TO XMAS BOMBING (AP)

San’a – A Yemeni security official says 43 people, including foreigners, are being interrogated for links to the failed attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

AFRICA: EMERGING NATIONS PLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE UNITY IN INDIA (AFP)

New Delhi– Environment ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China said on Sunday that talks in New Delhi had further cemented their alliance following the Copenhagen climate change summit.

ZIMBABWE: HUNGER LOOMS AS ZIMBABWE’S PLANTING SEASON ENDS (AFP)

Bindura – In a dusty field in northern Zimbabwe, villagers clap and sing as they receive desperately needed seed and fertilizer for their crops, their only source of food and income.

LIBYA: PRO-REFORM LIBYAN NEWSPAPERS SUSPENDED (REUTERS)

Tripoli – Two Libyan newspapers that are closely linked to the country’s reformist camp said they have been forced to suspend publication, but officials denied that politics was involved.

UGANDA: PRESIDENT MEETS CHINESE OIL GIANT AMIDST INCREASED LOBBYING (XINHUA)

Kampala – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday met officials of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) amidst increased lobbying by international oil giants to enter the country’s oil sector.

UGANDA: U.S. BILL TO ‘FINISH’ KONY POPULAR IN SENATE (The Monitor)

Kampala – A bill originally introduced by two US Senators, which if passed would authorise direct American military assistance to fight the LRA, this week made history by receiving the support of 51 senators.

SWITZERLAND: AFRICA PONDERS HOW TO MANAGE NEW WEALTH (Malaysian Insider)

Davos – As Africa moves from a significant fiscal deficit largely funded by aid to a continent with a fiscal surplus, the search is on for a framework to manage countries’ resource-driven wealth.

AFRICA: NEWS BY REGION (UN News Centre)

  • Somalia: UN envoy deplores deadly bombing in capital
  • Outgoing UN envoy calls for peace talks to continue in disputed town in Sudan
  • UN anti-crime agency to help set up police academy in Guinea-Bissau
  • Sudan: UN report cites challenges for north-south peace deal despite progress

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