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NATO provides airlift support to African Union Mission in Somalia(AMISOM) (NATO)

In response to the African Union request for strategic airlift support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the USA has conducted airlift missions under the NATO banner in support of the Ugandan troop rotations.

Somali Piracy Attacks on the Decline (Mshale News)

With the cooperation of the international shipping industry, there has been steady progress in the fight against maritime piracy off the east coast of Africa, a senior U.S. official told reporters March 19.

Talks to open on UN peacekeeping mission to Chad (AFP)

N’DJAMENA, Chad – Talks were due to start on Wednesday between a UN delegation and the Chadian authorities on the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), an official said Tuesday.

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2010 Posture Hearings

On 3/19/2010 4:01:45 PM General William E. Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command wrote:

Hello Teammates,

On March 9 and 10, I completed my annual responsibility to provide testimony to the United States Congress on the posture of the United States Africa Command. The public hearings that I participated in and the written statements that I submitted for the record provided me the opportunity to present our approach to sustained security engagement in Africa and our accomplishments over the past year. The positive reception received at these hearings shows that our programs and activities are recognized as doing important work in Africa for our nation and in support of the African people.

The challenges our Command faces due to the complex environment in Africa were acknowledged repeatedly by several members of Congress. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, described these challenges as “staggering”.

Representative Ike Skelton, Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, touched upon the rise of violent extremism in Africa “from Al Qaeda in East Africa to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and al-Shabaab in Somalia.”

Naturally, the less often asked question of where we are going to relocate our headquarters came up. In fact, Senator John McCain asked why our headquarters was not in Africa. I responded with, “The work of the Command is in its programs, its activities, its exercises, the things that we do across the continent to help the nations of Africa increase their capacity. The headquarters location, quite candidly, doesn’t affect the work, where we plan those activities, where we look to resource those activities.” This answer was accepted by all.

A Congressional hearing naturally focuses on trying to identify problems and challenges. But one idea I was able to emphasize is how I am truly impressed that the people of Africa every day are taking meaningful steps to address their challenges.

At one point a lawmaker asked me about Somalia and pointed out that I had been deployed there 17 years ago, and that the country remains in turmoil. What has changed in the past 17 years, I replied, is that now “there’s a continent-wide organization [the African Union] that has said that, we will do our best to help bring this Transitional Federal Government into a place where it can begin to exert some control over that vast territory. The problem with Somalia is the lack of a government. It’s the lack of effective governance. But there are things being done to address that. It is truly an international effort. It requires the support of the global community.”

What we’re doing with regard to Somalia illustrated the approach of U.S. Africa Command. As I explained to Congress, Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is being supported by the African Union’s Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as well as the United States and members of the international community. I stated in my testimony that this government is “our best potential for helping to turn around some of the instability and lack of governance” in Somalia. We look to participate with those who also support the TFG through their contributions to the AMISOM mission in ways that add stability to that part of the continent.

I include this discussion on Somalia because comments by senior U.S. government officials have led to speculation and assumption in the media that our verbal endorsement also means active U.S. military operations inside Somalia, to include air support and putting Special Operations Forces on the ground to support combat operations by AMISOM and the TFG. Their assumption was incorrect and led to speculative articles that do not accurately portray our role.

Let me just reiterate points that already have been made by our diplomats: The United States — and this includes U.S. Africa Command — does not plan, does not direct, and does not coordinate the military operations of Somalia’s TFG forces. We have not and will not be providing direct support for any potential military offensives. We are not providing military advisors for the TFG. Lasting security in Somalia will best be achieved by the Somali people working closely with their African neighbors — outsiders cannot impose solutions.

The Congressional hearings were, in my opinion, successful. I left with the sense that the Congress embraces and supports our mission and vision and that the elected representatives of the American people are noticing more and more that our engagement in Africa is meaningful and appreciated.

Finally, I want to thank the AFRICOM staff and all those other teammates who dedicated long hours and considerable energy in preparing the 2010 Annual Posture Statement. Truly a team effort.

http://www.africom.mil/africomDialogue.asp?entry=1104

AFRICOM NEWS FROM AND ABOUT AFRICA for 29 January 2010

Recent publications on Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Chad, Sudan Madagascar,  Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia, Uganda, Libya, Gambia, Algeria, Nigeria, DR Congo, Rwanda

NIGERIA: JOINT STATEMENT ON NIGERIA (U.S. Department of State)

London – We express our deep regret at the recent violence and tragic loss of lives in Jos, and extend our sympathies to the bereaved and injured.

KENYA: 2 MILLION DEAD PEOPLE ‘VOTED’ IN 2007 POLL-US (The [East African] STANDARD)

Nairobi – A US [Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero] official  revisited the controversial 2007 presidential election when she said her country was aware two million dead voters were not weeded from the electoral register as pressure on reforms mounted.

ETHIOPIA: NAVY SENDS SECOND SHIP TO AID ETHIOPIAN FLIGHT SALVAGE (Stars and Stripes)

NAPLES, Italy — The U.S. Navy is sending another ship to help in the salvage and recovery efforts of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 that crashed Monday off the coast of Lebanon, presumably killing all 90 people onboard.

ETHIOPIA: U.S. NAVY HAS DETECTED THE FLIGHT RECORDERS FROM A CRASHED ETHIOPIAN JET (ASHARQ ALAWSAT)

U.S. Navy vessel has detected the flight recorders from a crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet at some 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) under the sea, the Lebanese army said Thursday.

GHANA: GHANAIAN IN US NAVY HELPS OUT IN HAITI (JoyOnline)

The Ghana Navy might not be part of troops in Haiti helping bring relief to earthquake victims but there is a Ghanaian naval officer assisting a US rescue mission.

U.S.: U.S. NAVY SHIP’S TEAM DESCRIBES HAITI AID EFFORTS (U.S. Department of Defense)

WASHINGTON, DC – On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.

LIBERIA: HILARY CLINTON ENDORSES SIRLEAF’S 2ND TERM BID (THE ANALYST)

If there is any historical reason Liberians today regard poll politics as tele-guided and controlled by invisible hands, it is the consistency with which incumbent presidents won "landslide" or "volcanic" victories over contenders in the past.

AFRICA: WEAK INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS LIMIT AFRICA FINANCING: AU (Reuters)

Addis Ababa – African countries must develop clear infrastructure improvement plans to tap soft finance available for investment in the transport and energy sectors, an African Union official said on Friday.

AFRICA: AFRICA A CHALLENGE FOR OBAMA IN 2010 (OneWorld.net)

WASHINGTON, Jan 27 – Barack Obama is "missing a historic opportunity" to improve lives across the continent of Africa, says a new report from a pair of Africa policy think tanks, urging the U.S. president to create a new, "people-centered" strategy to tackle major ongoing challenges including HIV/AIDS, poverty, human rights violations, and climate change.

CHAD/SUDAN: SUDAN AND CHAD TURN A CORNER (VOA News)

Chad and Sudan have taken a major step toward bringing peace to Darfur, one of the world’s most troubled regions, with an agreement to normalize relations.

SUDAN: SUDANESE IN US QUESTION LEGITIMACY OF ELECTIONS IN SUDAN (VOA News)

Elections scheduled this April in Sudan represent the first time in a generation that people there will get a chance to choose government leaders. 

SUDAN: SUDAN OFFICIAL: BASHIR ‘BLACKMAILING’ SOUTH OVER ELECTIONS (VOA News)

A Southern Sudanese official says Khartoum has cut off talks with the South in a move to pressure the South’s ruling party into withdrawing its candidate for Sudanese presidency. 

SUDAN: MINES THREAT UNLIKELY TO HAMPER SUDAN ELECTIONS: UN (AFP)

Khartoum  – Voter turnout in upcoming elections in Sudan is unlikely to be seriously hampered by the threat of mines because most regions have been cleared of mines from the 1983-2005 civil war, a UN official said on Thursday.

SUDAN LIKE A POWDER KEG, SAYS AU CHIEF (BBC)

Addis Ababa – A vote for independence in oil-rich Southern Sudan’s referendum next year could be catastrophic, the African Union’s top diplomat has warned.

SUDAN SOUTHERN REGION TELLS OF PLOT AGAINST REFERENDUM (ALL Africa)

Nairobi — The Southern Sudanese government on Thursday accused their counterparts in Khartoum of sabotaging independence referendum scheduled to take place in their region next year.

SUDAN: COURT TO DECIDE ON GENOCIDE CHARGE FOR SUDAN’S BASHIR (Reuters)

Amsterdam – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said on Thursday it would decide on February 3 whether Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir should be charged with genocide.

SUDAN: UN-AFRICAN UNION ENVOY DISCUSSES DARFUR WITH SENIOR SUDANESE OFFICIALS (UN News Centre)

Ibrahim Gambari, who recently took up his new post as the head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, has met with the Defence Minister to discuss peace prospects in the strife-torn region as part of a series of meetings with Sudanese officials.

MADAGASCAR AFRICAN UNION CHIEF CONCERNED ABOUT SITUATION IN MADAGASCAR (XINHUA)

Addis Ababa – African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Jean Ping said on Thursday that Madagascar was one of the main political problems facing Africa, while calling for joint efforts to address the conflicts in the country.

AFRICA: AU DISMAYED BY US TRADE SANCTIONS ON AFRICA (REUTERS)

Addis Ababa – The African Union objects to the imposition of trade sanctions by the United States against African countries it perceives to have violated democratic principles, an AU trade official said on Thursday.

AFRICAN UNION ROW OVER MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S ROLE (BBC)

Addis Ababa – A diplomatic row has broken out at the African Union over attempts to extend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s chairmanship of the organisation.

AFRICA-ASIA TIES FLYING HIGH (REUTERS)

Investment from China and other Asian countries was an important factor in several years of unprecedented growth in Africa before the global downturn hit.

COTE D’IVOIRE UN EXTENDS MANDATE AND BEEFS UP SECURITY IN COTE D’IVOIRE (XINHUA)

United Nations – The United Nations Security Council unanimously decided on Thursday to extend the UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) through the end of May and bolster security with 500 troops from Burkina Faso in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections.

SOMALIA: ANTI-PIRACY STRATEGIES PROVING EFFECTIVE, U.N. SAYS (CNN)

Pirate attacks off Somalia’s coastline have "grown exponentially" in the past five years, but pirates are claiming fewer ships these days, according to the U.N.-backed European Union naval operation tackling Somali piracy.

SOMALIA: CHINA’S ANTI-PIRACY ROLE OFF SOMALIA EXPANDS (BBC News)

China has been focusing on protecting its own shipping in the area, but it will now join the naval forces of the US, Nato and the European Union.

SOMALIA FIGHTING RAGES IN MOGADISHU (NEWS 24)

Mogadishu – Heavy fighting raged early on Friday in the centre of Mogadishu between Islamist insurgents and soldiers of the African Union’s peacekeeping force in Somalia (Amisom).

SOMALIA UN SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS MANDATE OF AFRICAN UNION MISSION IN SOMALIA (XINHUA)

United Nations – The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to extend for one year the mandate of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia, or AMISOM.

UGANDA MUSLIM LEGISLATORS CALL FOR DIALOGUE IN SOMALIA (DAILY MONITOR)

Kampala – Members of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Conference have resolved to compel their governments to push for dialogue in Somalia, as a way of bringing about peace in the war-torn region.

UGANDA: MEDIA TO TRAIN FOR 2011 NATIONAL ELECTIONS (THE New Vision)

Kampala — Radio and television presenters are to undergo training in preparation for the 2011 elections.

LIBYA GADDAFI SAYS NO TO NGOS (news 24)

Tripoli – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday the concept of civil society has no place in his country, just as a panel headed by his son Seif al-Islam was about to propose a law permitting the creation of non-governmental organisations.

LIBYA AL QAEDA MEMBERS TO REMAIN IN JAIL- GADDAFI (REUTERS)

Rabat (Reuters) – Libya will hold up to 300 al Qaeda members in jail indefinitely after they have completed their prison terms to stop them staging fresh attacks, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Thursday.

LIBYA MINISTER MAY QUIT OVER INMATES (NEWS 24)

Tripoli – Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abdeljalil said on Thursday he wants to resign because of "hindrances" and his inability to secure freedom for hundreds of prisoners who have been found innocent.

LIBYA: AFRICAN UNION ROW OVER MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S ROLE (BBC News)

A diplomatic row has broken out at the African Union over attempts to extend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s chairmanship of the organisation.

GAMBIA: ‘FAKE PASSPORT’ HOLDER IN POLICE NET (daily observer)

Banjul – The police have arrested one Abdou Cadir Conteh, a native of Gambisara village in the Upper River Region (URR) at the Banjul International Airport after being found in possession of a fake passport.

NIGERIA YAR’ADUA IS COMING HOME SOON, SAYS DEPUTY (IOL)

Abuja – Nigeria’s ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, in Saudi Arabia for more than two months for treatment for an acute heart condition, will return soon, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday.

NIGERIA: MALAYSIA NABS TWO NIGERIAN ACCOMPLICES (ThisDay)

Ten terror suspects including two Nigerians said to be accomplices of Christmas Day United States jetliner failed bomber, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, have been arrested in Malaysia, the country has announced.

NIGERIA: MEND THREATENS TO CALL OFF CEASEFIRE (VANGUARD)

Warri – Spokesman for the militant group, Jomo Gbomo, in an exclusive electronic mail response to Vanguard inquiry said, "The ceasefire will very likely be called off; this has nothing to do with President Umaru Yar’ Adua’s illness or his unwillingness to hand over to the Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. 

NIGERIA: ART CALLS FOR COOPERATION AMONG SECURITY, GOVT AGENCIES (Daily Independent)

Aftermath of the December 25, 2009 failed attempt by Umar Abdulmutallab to blow up a Northwest plane bound for Detroit and the introduction of new enhanced security measures at airports around the world; including the use of 3D Total Body Scanners, Aviation Round Table(ART), an aviation pressure group has called for cooperation among security agencies at airports.

NIGERIA: STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR RUSS FEINGOLD ON POLITICAL SITUATION IN COUNTRY (United States Congress)

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the political situation in Nigeria.

ALGERIA: ALGERIAN COURT SENTENCES DRUG TRAFFICKERS (AFP)

ALGIERS – The Oran criminal court in western Algeria has sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment for drug trafficking, the APS news agency reported Thursday.

CONGO: IMF, WORLD BANK SUPPORT CONGO REPUBLIC DEBT RELIEF (Bloomberg)

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank’s International Development Association agreed to support $1.9 billion in debt relief for the Republic of Congo, the institutions said.

CONGO: CHINA RAILWAY GROUP DENIES ABUSE OF CONGOLESE WORKERS (Bloomberg)

China Railway Group Ltd. denied a report by the African Association for the Defense of Human Rights that said Congolese laborers employed by the Chinese company’s parent worked in harsh conditions.

CONGO: UNITED NATIONS CONGO MISSION AT CROSSROADS (Los Angeles Times)

Congo army units have been accused of the same abuses as the rebels they are fighting with U.N. troops’ assistance.

CONGO: FIELD DISPATCH: FEROCIOUS LRA ATTACKS IN NORTHEAST CONGO (Relief Web)

In a trip to Province Orientale of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in early December 2009, Enough researchers found abundant evidence of brutal ongoing violence committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA. Despite claims from Congolese and Ugandan state officials that the LRA is on its last legs, attacks against Congolese civilians perpetrated by the rebel group remain frequent.

RWANDA: ICC TALKS TO RWANDA ABOUT NON-MEMBERSHIP (AFP)

THE HAGUE — Rwanda’s Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama has met top officials of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to discuss the country’s non-membership of the court, a statement said Thursday.

WEST AFRICA: STRONG RISK" OF 2010 FAMINE IN AFRICA’S SAHEL: EU (Reuters)

DAKAR – Millions in West Africa’s arid Sahel belt could face famine this year unless the world acts quickly to help, the European Union’s humanitarian aid arm said on Thursday.

AFRICOM -related news clips for 26 January 2010

Recent articles on Ethiopia, Tanzania, DR Congo, Kinshasa, Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Guinea

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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