Recent publications on Djibouti, Somalia, DR Congo, Kenya, Guinea, Madagascar, Libya, Nigeria, Sudan, Liberia
DJIBOUTI: AFRICOM COMMANDER VISITS CAMP LEMONNIER (DVIDS)
Camp Lemonnier – U.S. Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, Commander, U.S. Africa Command visited to send off the outgoing U.S. Navy core staff and speak with the 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army National Guard.
Mogadishu – Islamic extremists shot the leader of an underground church to death outside the capital city of Somalia this month and have threatened to kill his wife, his tearful widow told Compass.
SOMALIA: PLAN TO INTEGRATE EX-MILITIAS INTO SECURITY FORCES (IRIN)
Nairobi — Mogadishu residents have welcomed plans by the interim government to step up the integration of an earlier, ousted, regime’s security forces into its own army.
SOMALIA BLOODBATH LEAVES THIRTY-SEVEN DEAD (Press TV)
Mogadishu – Deadly clashes have once again erupted across Somalia, claiming the lives of at least 37 people, as violence continues to prevail in the war-torn nation.
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAB ATTACKS PEACEKEEPING HOSPITAL IN SOMALIA (Voice Of America)
An explosion near a base for the African Union peacekeeping force near the Mogadishu airport has left at least five people killed, including one soldier.
SOMALIA: CONTACT GROUP ON PIRACY OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY (U.S. Department of State)
The United States will join partners from more than 50 countries and international organizations at the United Nations in New York January 28 for a plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a growing diplomatic effort that is making steady progress against criminals targeting Africa-bound humanitarian aid shipments and other vessels transiting one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.
DRC: EU AND NATO JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY (Today’s Zaman)
Sexual violence has become a tool of modern warfare. Most victims are women of all ages, but often young girls; and the results are unwanted pregnancies, HIV infection and social stigmatization.
KENYA: US SUSPENDS AID TO KENYA’S EDUCATION MINISTRY (Associated Press)
Nairobi – The U.S. has suspended a five-year plan to fund Kenya’s education programs following allegations that more than $1 million in funds went missing at the Education Ministry.
KENYA DISPUTED DAM FUELS ETHIOPIA-KENYA BORDER ATTACKS (XINHUA)
Kitale – Six Kenyans have been killed and over 2,000 villagers forced to flee home in Lokitaung district in attacks by Ethiopian militia, a Kenyan official said on Tuesday.
KENYA: KENYA URGES U.S. TO MOBILIZE GLOBAL SUPPORT FOR SOMALIA (Xinhua)
Nairobi – Kenya on Tuesday called on the U.S. government to help mobilize international support for the transitional authority in Somalia.
KENYA: THOUSANDS OF FLOOD-AFFECTED STILL NEED AID (IRIN)
Nairobi – Thousands of flood-affected households still require assistance as ongoing rains in parts of Kenya continue to cause population displacement and destroy property and crops, according to humanitarian sources.
GUINEA DORE SWORN IN AS PM (NEWS24)
Conakry – One of the fiercest critics of Guinea’s military ruler is now the country’s prime minister, marking another step toward civilian rule.
GUINEA: ANALYSIS: GUINEA ARMY LOSES ITS SWAGGER (BBC NEWS)
Guinea’s military junta has named a civilian prime minister to steer the country towards elections but the troubled country’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty.
MADAGASCAR RAJOELINA ‘OPEN’ TO DISCUSSION (NEWS24)
Antananarivo – Madagascar’s embattled leader opened the door on Tuesday to the possibility of pushing back the date of widely criticised elections scheduled for March on the Indian Ocean island.
SUDAN: U.S. CONCERNED ABOUT ARMS FLOWING TO SOUTH SUDAN (REUTERS)
United Nations – The United States is worried about the flow of arms into semi-autonomous southern Sudan, some of it heavy weapons, ahead of a nationwide April election, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Tuesday.
SUDAN: DEPOSED PRIME MINISTER TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT (Reuters)
Khartoum – Sudan’s last elected prime minister said on Tuesday he would run for president in April’s elections, promising to settle the Darfur conflict and "dismantle totalitarianism" in Africa’s largest state.
LIBYA IN RUSSIA ARMS TALKS (Rueters)
Moscow – Libya’s defence minister arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks that Russian media said could result in a $2bn defence contract including 20 jets.
NIGERIAN POLITICIAN SHOT DEAD (NEWS 24)
Lagos – Gunmen shot dead a prominent opposition politician in Nigeria’s south western Ogun State amid rising tensions ahead of general elections next year, police said on Tuesday.
NIGERIA: CLINTON: NIGERIAN CORRUPTION, POOR GOVERNANCE FOSTER RADICALIZATION (Voice of America)
Washington, DC – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Nigerian man who tried to set off a bomb on a US airliner December 25 may have been driven to embrace Islamic radicalism by poor governance and corruption in that country.
NIGERIA: FORMER NIGERIAN REBELS REJECT POST-AMNESTY PLANS (Reuters)
Port Harcourt – A coalition of former Nigerian militants and Niger Delta community leaders rejected on Monday government efforts to reintegrate thousands of ex-rebels, saying training centres and funding were inadequate.
LIBERIA : FORMER LIBERIAN WARLORD DECLARES INTENTION TO CONTEST 2011 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (APANEWS)
A former rebel leader of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) turned politician, Prince Y. Johnson has declared his intention to contest the 2011 Liberian presidential elections.
LIBERIA: U.S AMBASSADOR TO SIGN GRANT AGREEMENT (The Liberian Times)
The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas Greenfield, will on Wednesday, January 27, sign grant agreements to provide assistance to several community groups from across Liberia.
U.S. NAVY RELEASES FINAL TERMS FOR COASTAL WARSHIPS (Reuters)
The U.S. Navy on Tuesday released the final terms for a multibillion-dollar competition between General Dynamics Corp (GD.N) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) to design a new class of coastal warships.
AFRICA: NEWS BY REGION (UN News Centre)
- UN assisting thousands uprooted by insecurity in eastern DR Congo
- 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