Africa

Algerian Gas Plant Hostage Crisis Mastermind Mokhtar Belmokhtar Killed in Northern Mali

March 4, 2013

“Mokhtar Belmokhtar – nicknamed Mr Marlboro after amassing a fortune by smuggling cigarettes and drugs across the Sahara – is said to have died along with 14 of his men in an attack by soldiers on a mountain stronghold.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry: U.S. Releasing $250 Million in Aid to Egypt

March 4, 2013

“Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt’s first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional U.S. assistance would depend on it.”

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Fiery Explosion on Hot Air Balloon Kills 19 Passengers

February 26, 2013

“One of the balloons had exploded, and its 21 passengers and operators plummeted about 1,000 feet (300 meters) to the ground.”

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Site of the Algerian Hostage Crisis, the Tiguentourine Gas Plant Partially Resumes Production

February 24, 2013

“Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal started up one of three gas streams at the plant, which is jointly run by BP, Algeria’s state-owned Sonatrach and Norway’s Statoil, state radio reported.”

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Arab Tribal Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Kills 51 People

February 24, 2013

“Fighting broke out in January between the Bani Hussein and Rizeigat tribes over the mine in Jebel Amer in North Darfur, displacing 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.”

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United Nations and African Leaders Announce Framework to Combat Instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 24, 2013

“The new effort calls for greater cooperation between Congo’s neighbors — several of which are suspected of sponsoring violence inside Congo — and political changes by the “Congolese government.”

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French Investigative Judge: Mali Military Intervention Raises Threat of Domestic Terrorism in France

February 24, 2013

“The concerns of the French authorities were once largely limited to residents of North African Arab ancestry, like Algerians and Tunisians, but attention has broadened to include those French with roots in Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger, the judge, Marc Trévidic, said in an interview.”

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Harvard School of Public Health: Increase in Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV Rapidly Increasing Life Expectancy

February 22, 2013

“While previous studies have shown that ART significantly improves survival in clinicalcohorts of HIV patients receiving ART, this is the first study to directly measure the fullpopulation-level impact of a public-sector ART program on adult life expectancy.”

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United States Deploys Military Personnel and Drones to Niger

February 22, 2013

“Defense Department officials told NBC News that a first wave will include two Raptor surveillance drones and 250 to 300 military personnel, including remote pilots and security and maintenance crews. They are expected to arrive soon.”

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Secret al-Qaeda List of 22 “Tips” for Avoiding Drone Strikes Discovered in Timbuktu, Mali

February 21, 2013

“The document also shows the coordination between al-Qaeda chapters, which security experts have called a source of increasing concern.”

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Rights Groups: Egyptian Police Illegally Detaining and Torturing Hundreds of Children

February 21, 2013

“One lawyer said he believed that up to 400 children, many of them barely teenagers, may have been rounded up during police operations following the outbreak of street clashes on 25 January.”

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Egyptian Military Growing Increasingly Impatient With Islamist Political Leaders

February 21, 2013

“The tension is raising the specter of another military intervention much like the one in 2011, when generals replaced longtime authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak after they sided with anti-regime protesters in their 18-day popular uprising.”

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U.S. Marine Corps Set to Announce New Crisis Response Task Force in Eastern Europe and North Africa

February 21, 2013

“The group, which will be known as the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, will likely be based at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.”

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Report: Egyptian Government Denies U.S. Officials Access to Arrested Benghazi Terrorist Suspect

February 21, 2013

“The US government has asked Egypt for permission to interview the senior-most detainees in custody, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.”

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Standard & Poor’s Downgrades Tunisia’s Credit Rating For the Third Time Since January 2011

February 20, 2013

“Hours before Jebali announced his resignation, Standard and Poor’s rating agency downgraded Tunisia’s credit rating for the third time since Mr. Ben Ali’s removal: from BB to BB-.”

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