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ISS: Human smuggling and Libya’s political end game

Migrants detained in Libya.Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a migration-focused unilateral intervention by Italy, which needed to show results to a frustrated electorate that has borne a lot of Europe’s migrant burden.


Somalia PM sacks three ministers as country battles insurgency

Hassan Ali Khaire.Somalian Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire has sacked his ministers for foreign affairs, the interior and commerce, replacing them with newcomers, the government said on Thursday, as it battles an Islamist insurgency.


Ethiopia to release jailed politicians to "foster national reconciliation"

The Ethiopian flag.Ethiopia will release politicians jailed on charges including involvement in terrorism, its prime minister said on Wednesday -- an unexpected shift in stance from the government, which has denied accusations it uses security concerns to stifle dissent.


New acquisitions proposed in Nigeria’s 2018 defence budget

The NNS Andoni.Nigeria’s military aims to acquire a number of new assets with its proposed 2018 budget, including small boats, tugs and helicopters.


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