African News

Liberal leader urges Egyptian army chief not to run for president

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Egypt's army chief, who orchestrated the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July, should not run for the leadership in elections...

Somalia looks to rickety port to rebuild threatened state

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The dock workers at Mogadishu's port have to carry cargo on their backs to clear berths for the ships waiting out at...

Egypt criticizes U.S. decision to halt aid

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Egypt on Thursday criticized a decision by the United States to halt some military and economic aid to the army-backed government in...

Special Report: The real force behind Egypt’s ‘revolution of the state’

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In Hosni Mubarak's final days in office in 2011, the world's gaze focused on Cairo, where hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded...

Ex-rebels kidnap Libyan Prime Minister

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Gunmen from a former rebel faction kidnapped Libya's prime minister on Thursday in reprisal for the government's role in the U.S. capture...

In Darfur, the limits of peacekeeping

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Asha Ibrahim was searching for firewood when the attackers struck. She had set off with three other women from the makeshift camp...

Kenya denies urging African nations to quit Hague court

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Kenya denied on Wednesday that it was lobbying other African states to pull out of the International Criminal Court, the Hague tribunal...

Nigeria aviation minister calls air crash ‘act of God’

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Nigeria's aviation minister has caused outrage by calling air crashes inevitable acts of God, as she sought to deflect criticism of her...

Gambia accuses U.S., Britain of plotting to overthrow government

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Gambia has accused the United States and Britain of fomenting multiple coup attempts in the tiny West African country and supporting the...

Nigeria troops raid Kano suicide vest factory

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Nigerian soldiers raided an Islamist bomb-making factory just outside the north's biggest city of Kano on Wednesday, seizing guns, fertilizer and equipment...

Special Report: The Darfur conflict’s deadly gold rush

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With its scrubland, unpaved roads and mud brick huts, the Jebel Amer area in Darfur, western Sudan, can look like a poor...

Libya’s PM says Tripoli raid will not affect U.S. ties

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Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Tuesday relations with the United States would not be affected by the U.S. military raid...

Around 60 dead in clashes in Central African Republic

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Around 60 people have been killed in sectarian clashes in the Central African Republic between local militias and former rebels, witnesses and...

U.S. to move 200 Marines to Italy base after Libya raid

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The United States will move about 200 Marines to a U.S. base at Sigonella, Italy from one in Spain in the next...

Egypt Brotherhood leader warned of violence before Mursi’s overthrow: report

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The army chief behind the military takeover in Egypt said the Muslim Brotherhood had warned him of attacks if Islamist President Mohamed...

No time constraints for U.S. in holding Libyan on ship: experts

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A terrorism suspect grabbed in Libya by U.S. special forces will likely be held on a Navy ship until interrogators decide he...

U.S. seen withholding most military aid from Egypt: source

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The United States is leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counter-terrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula that...

Egyptian court sets November 4 trial date for deposed President Mursi

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An Egyptian court on Wednesday set November 4 as the date for the trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and other...

U.N. urged to consider Central African Republic peacekeepers

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The U.N. Security Council is planning to vote this week on a draft resolution that would urge the United Nations to explore...

Kenya seizes ivory smuggled in seed sacks destined for Turkey

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Kenyan officials have seized more than 1,600 pieces of illegal ivory in the past week weighing almost five tonnes and hidden inside...

Anti-army protests staged at Egyptian universities

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Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters chanted "Down with the military government" outside Cairo University on Tuesday, defying Egypt's army-backed authorities despite deadly...

Obama says U.S. to keep ‘going after’ al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa

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President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to order commando raids in Libya and Somalia last weekend, saying the United...

U.S. target in Somalia plotted serial Kenya attacks: spy report

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Ikrima, the militant targeted by U.S. special forces in a failed weekend raid, is a Somali-based thinker, planner and operator who has...

Nigeria drops arms trafficking charges against Russian sailors

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A Nigerian court dropped charges of arms trafficking against seven Russian sailors on Tuesday, their lawyer said, ending a year-long case that...

New African military profile: Nigeria

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Security is a major concern for Nigeria as it deals with threats on all fronts. Maritime piracy, illegal oil bunkering and pipeline...

Grenades fired in Cairo, troops killed near Suez Canal after protesters die

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Suspected militants killed six Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo on...

Rwanda, Uganda tell U.N. envoys peace in Congo is not their problem

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The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda told U.N. Security Council envoys on Monday that their countries were not responsible for bringing peace...

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists start crisis talks with opposition

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Tunisia's ruling Islamists began talks with secular opponents on Saturday under a deal that calls for their government to step down and...

Children lured from Rwanda to fight with Congo rebels: U.N.

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A third of child soldiers who have escaped from Congolese rebel group M23 were lured from neighboring Rwanda with promises of cash,...

Analysis: Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

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Deep in Libya's southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would...

Suspected Islamist fighters attack northern Mali city

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Suspected Islamist militants hit the northern Malian city of Gao with artillery fire on Monday, in the first attack on the insurgents'...

Gunmen kill 5 Egyptian soldiers near Suez Canal

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Gunmen killed five Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on Monday, security sources said, highlighting the growing security challenges...

Italy migrant boat confirmed death toll reaches 194

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Italian search teams have recovered 194 bodies after a migrant boat sank off the southern island of Lampedusa last week, with divers...

Egypt death toll rises to 53, streets now calm

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The death toll from clashes in Egypt rose to 53 on Monday as calm returned to the streets after one of the...

Assassinations of Muslim clerics in Kenya boosting al Shabaab – Islamist

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The killings of popular Muslim clerics in Kenya's port city of Mombasa is strengthening support for Somali militants who massacred at least...

Angola and the US partner on air base safety and security

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US Africa Command (Africom) and US Air Force Africa (USAFAF), along with the US Armed Forces 621st Contingency Response Wing (CRW), has...

Nigerian Armed Forces

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Nigerian Armed Forces Index 1. Order of battle 2. Overview 3. Defence economics 4. Nigeria threat report 5. External deployments 1. Order of Battle ...

Raid shows chaotic Libya a key militant haven

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The U.S. raid to snatch a top al Qaeda suspect off a Tripoli street confirmed what many Libyans already feared: Post-revolution chaos...

New York case offers insight into secret war against Somali militants

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For years before Saturday's unsuccessful raid in Somalia to capture a top al Shabaab militant, Washington had waged a secret law enforcement...

U.S. says captures al Qaeda leader in Libya, also raids Somalia

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U.S. forces launched raids in Libya and Somalia on Saturday, two weeks after the deadly Islamist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall,...

Fourteen killed in clashes in Central African Republic

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Fourteen people have been killed in violent clashes between Christians and Muslims in an isolated town in eastern Central African Republic that...

Failure to reform army clouds Bissau’s bid to turn page on coup

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Under pressure from Western donors, Guinea-Bissau is struggling to organize elections to turn the page on a military coup but many in...

Tuareg rebels rejoin peace process in northern Mali

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Tuareg separatists said on Saturday they were rejoining the peace process in northern Mali, just over a week after they pulled out...

Kenya says al Qaeda-trained Sudanese man helped lead mall attack

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Kenya's government said a Sudanese man trained by al Qaeda was among the leaders of a raid on a Nairobi shopping mall...

Kenyan military names Nairobi mall attackers seen on CCTV footage

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Kenya's military spokesman on Saturday named four men he said took part in the Islamist militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall...

Nigerian forces clash with Islamists, 20 people killed

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At least 20 people were killed when Islamist group Boko Haram attacked a town in northeast Nigeria, triggering clashes with troops stationed...

Youths burn church, riot in Kenya’s Mombasa after imam killed

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Young Muslims set fire to a church, burned tires and clashed with police in Kenya's main port city of Mombasa on Friday,...

Mauritanian opposition parties to boycott legislative election

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Mauritania's main opposition parties announced a boycott of November's legislative election on Friday after talks with the government over preparations for the...

U.S. sanctions Rwanda, others over child soldiers

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The United States moved to block U.S. military aid to Rwanda because of its support for the M23 Congolese rebel group believed...

Russia says embassy staff in Libya evacuated after attack

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Russia evacuated embassy staff and their families from Libya on Thursday after gunmen tried to storm its diplomatic mission in Tripoli. The attackers,...