USAFRICOM-related news stories for April 8, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Senegal, Algeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, DR Congo, Rwanda, Kenya

Al-Qaeda Turns to Extortion as Funds Cut, U.S. Says (Bloomberg)

Al-Qaeda has been so weakened financially that the terrorist group’s affiliates have turned to drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping to raise money, a U.S. Treasury Department official said today.

US, Algeria Sign Legal Treaty (Voice of America)

The United States and Algeria have signed a legal treaty boosting cooperation in the fight against terrorism and crime, the first law enforcement agreement between the two countries.

US reports harassment and rape of gays in Zimbabwe (Associated Press)

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Gay Zimbabweans face widespread harassment and some have even been raped by those intending to convert their sexuality, the U.S. State Department said in a discussion of its annual human rights report in Zimbabwe.

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