Africa

Somalia kills al-Qaeda agent Fazul Abdullah Mohammed in a major blow to the terrorist group

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Somali forces confirmed that they have killed Al Qaeda’s most senior operative in East Africa:Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who planned the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanazania. The announcement comes as a blow to the terrorist organization, which has lost three of its top leaders in recent weeks, including Osama bin Laden. US authorities had placed [...]

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Despite conflict, North and South Sudan reportedly near an Abyei Agreement

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “North and South Sudan are reported close to an agreement on removing all military forces from the disputed Abyei region and deploying peacekeeping troops in the tense border area. A deal is expected Monday in Addis Ababa, where Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Southern leader Salva Kiir are holding talks. Sources [...]

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North Sudan accused of bombing a southern-region village

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Sudan’s military has bombed a village in an oil-rich southern region, southern officials say, as tensions increase ahead of the south’s independence next month. Three people were killed in the raid on Unity State, in a move to take control of the region’s oil fields, the south’s military spokesman said. Some 140,000 [...]

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African leaders begin talks on an $875 billion trading block

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “African leaders Sunday agreed to a framework to guide the next phase of negotiations on creating the continent’s biggest free-trade bloc, in a communique issued after a day of talks. The new bloc would integrate the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern [...]

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Egypt detains former Israeli military officer suspected of spying

June 12, 2011

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Northern Sudan troops attack towns around a contested border region

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Fears of another civil war are playing out in Sudan as troops led by President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir have overrun towns and attacked tribesmen loyal to the south around a contested border region of oil reserves and well-armed militias. Bloodshed and streams of refugees are a dangerous prelude to July 9, [...]

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The U.S. looking to gain a new edge in Africa

June 11, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wanted to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent’s people, warning against a “new colonialism” as China expands its presence. In Zambia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour, Clinton defended US policies that offer trade benefits to [...]

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Dozens die in a Gaddafi Offensive near Misrata, Libya

June 11, 2011

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Somalian transitional government extended for one year; popular Prime Minister resigns

June 11, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “After months of feuding, Somalia’s bickering leaders on Thursday agreed on a compromise that extends the transitional government for one more year but, at the same time, led to the dismissal of the popular prime minister. Hundreds of civilians — and government troops — immediately indicated their displeasure over the firing by setting [...]

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Defense Secretary Gates criticizes other NATO members for lack of support

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates rebuked some of America’s staunchest allies yesterday, saying that the United States has a “dwindling appetite’’ to serve as the heavyweight partner in the military order that has underpinned the US relationship with Europe since the end of World War II. In an unusually stinging speech, made [...]

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The White House calls for an immediate end to Sudan attacks

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The White House has urged Sudan to “immediately” end the escalation of “reprehensible” violence on southern army positions less than a month before the south becomes the world’s youngest country. “The United States condemns reported acts of violence in Southern Kordofan that target individuals based on their ethnicity and political affiliation,” White [...]

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Christine Lagarde extends her lead in the bid for IMF Managing Director

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Lagarde won the backing of several African leaders and the South African former finance minister Trevor Manuel ruled himself out of the contest. Lagarde’s only main opponent is head of the Mexican Central Bank Agustín Carstens. Kazakhstan’s central bank governor Grigori Marchenko recently withdrew. Carstens has not won wide support from other emerging [...]

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Obama meets with African country Gabon’s President Ali Ben Bongo

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “U.S. President Barack Obama has urged Gabon’s President Ali Ben Bongo to root out corruption and protect human rights in the West African country. Mr. Obama met with Mr. Bongo at the White House Thursday, despite questions about alleged corruption in Mr. Bongo’s family and government. The White House said Mr. Obama [...]

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Panetta: Libyan rebel council may include extremists

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   President Obama’s nominee for secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, told the Senate that he is concerned that some leaders of Libya’s opposition may be extremists, even as officials disclosed that U.S. aid for those fighting Gaddafi will fall far short of what the rebel group says it needs Panetta, currently the CIA director, told [...]

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Libyan military campaign exceeding U.S. cost estimates

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source The costs of the Libyan military campaign are set to eclipse the original Pentagon estimates of $750 million. By mid-May, the U.S. had spent $664 million and current expenditures float around $2 million a day. At current spending levels, by the end of the current 90-day no-fly zone extension the U.S. will [...]

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