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Eastern African forces practice emergency response

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During the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Field Training Exercise, approximately 1500 participants from 10 countries of East Africa worked together on various...

General Ward discusses cooperation with Algeria

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The United States is committed to working with Algeria in addressing security and counterterrorism issues that affect the Maghreb and the Sahel...

Nigerian C.bank chief laments “culture of corruption”

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Nigeria's "culture of corruption" contributed to the crisis which led to a $4 billion bank bailout earlier this year, with bank chiefs...

SA spends R4.3bn on peacekeeping

South Africa has spent R4.304 billion securing peace and security in Africa since April 2004.     That has emerged from the answer to a...

Technology to combat High Seas piracy

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Engineers at BAE Systems have developed an electronic early warning system aimed at combating soaring levels of piracy on the high seas and plan...

Eastern African forces work together in historical field exercise

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The multinational historical Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Field Training Exercise recently began with an opening ceremony in Djibouti. The exercise brought...

Zimbabwe’s economy slowly gaining track

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Zimbabwe's battered economy is on track to expand for the first time in a decade this year and to grow by 7%...

Nigerian to head Darfur peacekeeping mission: UN

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Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Gambari will become the new head of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan's conflict-torn western Darfur region,...

Nigerian cabinet backs Yar’Adua amid calls to quit

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Nigeria's cabinet unanimously agreed yesterday there were no grounds on which to seek the resignation of President Umaru Yar'Adua, rejecting calls for...

Ivory Coast leader urges peaceful, not rushed vote

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has urged patience with the country's long-delayed elections, saying he was more concerned about avoiding a new...

Eritrea denies aiding Somalia’s Islamist rebels

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Eritrea's UN envoy denied that his country has been supporting Islamist rebel’s intent on toppling neighbouring Somalia's fragile government and said there...

Millions could miss Sudan elections: observers

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Millions of voters could be left out of Sudan's first elections in 24 years because of a failure of authorities to persuade...

Two Tunisians from Guantanamo sent to Italy for trial

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Two Tunisians held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent to Italy where they will face prosecution,...

Spanish aid workers not found-Mauritania

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Mauritania has denied reports that it has located three Spanish aid workers abducted at the weekend, the Spanish government said.   "The Mauritanian authorities...

Illegal Malagasy timber trade worth up to $460 000 a day

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Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) say illegal logging in the National Parks and protected areas of the SAVA region of Madagascar...

Gabonese give Bongo son a chance, for now

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Gabon's new President Ali Ben Bongo has won over some doubters with early policy shifts, but many in the central African nation...

Fighting pushes Somalis, Islamist rebels, into Kenya

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Hundreds of Somali refugees have fled to Kenya after rebels suspected of links to al Qaeda seized a Somali town near the...

CAR military recapture rebel-held town

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Military officials in the Central African Republic say they have retaken a key northern town that was captured by rebels last week....

Algerian Guantanamo detainee transferred to France

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An Algerian man who had been detained at the US prison camp at Guantanamo in Cuba since 2002 has been transferred to...

Al Qaeda may have kidnapped Spaniards: minister

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Three Spanish aid workers who disappeared in Mauritania appear to have been kidnapped by a group linked to al Qaeda, Spain's Interior...

Global Witness wants action on UN Congo minerals report

UN member states should take strong action in response to new information about companies and individuals who trade in minerals from areas of the...

Somali pirates seize Greek tanker near Seychelles

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Somali pirates have seized a Greek-flagged oil tanker near the Seychelles, more than 700 miles off the coast of Somalia, Greece's coastguard...

South Africa backed coup plot: Mercenary Mann

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Simon Mann, a British mercenary jailed for plotting against the government of Equatorial Guinea, has said South Africa tacitly supported a failed...

Zambia denies shielding Rwanda genocide suspects

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Zambia denied reports that it had failed to help Rwandan authorities find and arrest 1994 genocide suspects believed to be living in...

France and Rwanda restore diplomatic ties

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France and Rwanda agreed to restore diplomatic relations after a three-year break yesterday, straight after the central African nation finally joined the...

Report urges sanctions against Sudan ruling party

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The United States and other world powers should impose sanctions on key members of the Sudanese government for refusing to end violence...

France asks its citizens to leave Mali

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France asked its citizens to leave northern and eastern Mali immediately because of an increased militant threat after a Frenchman was kidnapped...

Three Spanish aid workers kidnapped in Mauritania

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Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in Mauritania yesterday, officials said of an attack that will heighten security fears in the West...

Yemenia airline avoids EU blacklist despite crash

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The European Union added all airlines from Djibouti, the Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe to its airline safety blacklist, but Yemenia...

SA Navy not yet scheduled to go pirate hunting

The South African Navy is not presently scheduled to join the international anti- piracy activities in the Indian Ocean. That's the latest word on...

Mali probes wreckage of suspected Boeing 727 drugs plane

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Malian authorities have launched an investigation into whether a Boeing 727 cargo plane, thought to have been carrying a large amount of...

Eritrea warns West against imposing sanctions

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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said the international community would regret moves to impose sanctions on the country, a government website said.   The UN...

UN peacebuilding body ready for expanded role

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The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) tasked with marshalling resources to support recovery and development efforts in countries emerging from conflict could...

Niger to lift security alert in north on rebel deal

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Niger's government will lift a security alert that has been in place in the country's north for more than two years after...

Brown hopes Zimbabwe can rejoin Commonwealth

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown held out the prospect today that Zimbabwe could be re-admitted to the Commonwealth in 2011 if it pushes...

Kenya to invest $349 mln on airports

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Kenya said it would invest some 26 billion shillings ($349 million) to expand and modernise its major airports over the next four...

Moroccan court jails critic of drug policy

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A human rights activist who criticised Morocco's drugs policy lost an appeal on against a jail sentence for offending the authorities and...

Press release: Young South Afrian defence company supplies African police forces with modern armoured...

The South African designed and produced GILA 4x4 Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle was selected by Canada for supply to...

World Bank lowers Africa forecast on global recession

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African economies will grow by an average of 1.7% this year, a downgrade from an earlier forecast of 3.5%, as a result of the...

Nigeria buys oil security, peacekeeping ‘copters

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Nigeria has agreed to purchase five used Super Puma helicopters from France to assist security forces in the oil-producing Niger Delta and...

Tanzania expects more donor aid despite failings

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Tanzania will get more foreign aid injected directly into next year's budget than it did this year, despite slipping in corruption and...

Libya offers rare opening to human rights group

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Campaign group Human Rights Watch said yesterday it had for the first time been given permission to launch a report on Libya's...

Cabinet returns SANDF to border duty

The South African National Defence Force is again responsible for borderline control and protection, following a Cabinet decision announced yesterday. This reverses a decision...

US Army research unit marks four decades in Kenya

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Soldiers and Army civilians assigned to the US Army Medical Research Unit-Kenya are celebrating 40 years of research in East Africa. USAMRU-K, known...

Pakistani veteran to become new UN military head in Liberia

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A Pakistani general who is a veteran of the United Nations quick reaction force in Somalia is set to become the next...

Sudanese Archbishop says anti-peace forces behind killings in south

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The archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Sudan says some of the tribal killings in South Sudan are not from cattle raids...

Human rights expert urges Zambia to fight extreme poverty

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An independent UN human rights expert has called on the Zambian Government to make good on its promises to reduce the deep...

Whereto next for Burundi peacekeepers?

Government has seemingly not yet decided what to do with the battalion of peacekeepers still deployed in Burundi as part of Operation...

Guinea-Bissau- second round of voting

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The presidential election in Guinea-Bissau will go to a second round after Sunday's vote failed to produce a winner, the electoral commission...

Libya receives first of six patrol boats

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Italy has given Libya three patrol boats as part of a deal aimed at combating the flow of illegal migrants making the...

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