Africa

United Kingdom Set to Announce Agreement to Deploy Military Trainers to Mali on Tuesday

January 28, 2013

“Any further assistance is likely to be in the areas of logistics, surveillance, intelligence and transport, on top of the training already being discussed.”

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Islamist Militants Attack an Oil Pipeline in Algeria, Killing 2 Guards and Injuring 7 Others

January 28, 2013

“The Djebahia region, some 70 km east of the capital, is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which earlier this month killed 37 foreigners at a gas plant in the south, and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said.”

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United Nations: Severe Flooding in Mozambique Displaces 150,000 People

January 28, 2013

“Aid agencies and government emergency services have set up scores of temporary camps in the area where flood victims are being fed and housed in tents.”

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White House: President Obama Condemns Violence in Egypt

January 28, 2013

“The White House says it “strongly condemns” the wave of violence in Egypt and says Egyptian leaders should make clear that violence is not acceptable.”

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U.S. Military Preparing to Establish a Drone Base in Northwest Africa to Combat Terrorism

January 28, 2013

“For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.”

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France President Hollande: Responsibility to Restore “Integrity” of Northern Mali will be left up to African Forces

January 28, 2013

“At a news conference in Paris, Hollande said “we are in the process of winning the battle” but acknowledged the harder part was still to come and that it would largely be a task for Malian and African forces.”

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U.S. Increases Involvement in Mali by Conducting Aerial Refueling Missions

January 28, 2013

“U.S. policy prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government is the result of a coup. No support can go to the Malian military directly until leaders are chosen through an election.”

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French and Mali Forces Continue Fighting Towards the Center of Timbuktu

January 28, 2013

“The Islamists were reported to be fleeing Timbuktu to the city of Kidal, more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the northeast.”

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Protests in Egypt Extend into a Fifth Day With No End in Sight

January 28, 2013

“President Morsi had already declared a monthlong state of emergency here and in the other canal towns of Suez and Ismailia, applying a Mubarak-era law that virtually eliminates due process protections against abuse by the police.”

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International Monetary Fund Approves $18.4 Million Loan to Mali

January 28, 2013

“The IMF first announced in November that it had agreed on a loan with Mali, subject to board approval.”

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African Leaders Fail to Sign a United Nations-Mediated Peace Deal in Eastern Congo

January 28, 2013

“The agreement was to include the deployment of several thousand extra soldiers to tackle armed militias in the mineral-rich east. The brigade would fight under the banner of the U.N.’s MONUSCO peacekeeping force.”

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Retreating Islamist Rebels Burn Library of Historic Manuscripts in Timbuktu, Mali

January 28, 2013

“Islamist insurgents retreating from Timbuktu set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, according to the Saharan town’s mayor, in an incident he described as a “devastating blow” to world heritage.”

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Protests Continue in Egypt Despite Overnight Curfew Imposed by Government

January 28, 2013

“He had urged opposition leaders to attend a meeting on Sunday evening in an effort to calm the situation, but only Islamists already aligned with the president turned up.”

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Egypt Presidential Cabinet Grants Egyptian Army Power to Arrest Civilians

January 28, 2013

“The source said the army would “behave like a police force” meaning that any detainees would go to a civilian and not military court.”

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Report: French Air Strikes in Mali Kill Civilians in Gao

January 28, 2013

“French warplanes and helicopters have attacked the northern Malian city of Gao. French fighter jets have bombed areas in and around the town 30 times over the past 36 hours.”

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