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EU donates military equipment to Somalia

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Non-lethal military hardware funded by the European Peace Facility has been handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA), with trucks and trailers supporting...

New Irini force commander

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The European Union (EU) naval deployment in the Mediterranean Sea – Operation Irini – has a new man at the helm of its multinational...

Boat training for FADM and SAMIM

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Sixteen soldiers are acquiring boat handling skills at the Forcas Armadas de Defesa de Mozambique (FADM) naval base in Pemba. Twelve are Mozambicans with the...

SAMIM finance and logistics a concern for AU Peace and Security...

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is the beneficiary of aid – financial, equipment and humanitarian – from continental blocs...

European Union provides more funding for Mozambican military

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The European Union has provided another €45 million in funding for Mozambique’s military, and this will include equipment, supplies and training. The European Union Council...

Op Irini enforcing Libyan arms embargo

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In its two years of operation to date the European Union (EU) Naval Force (NavFor) Mediterranean Operation Irini investigated over 6 200 ships, conducted 250...

ISS: Africa should be better prepared for Europe’s security funding shift

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The African Union (AU) has missed a vital opportunity to discuss a change in European funding for peace and security. The European Union (EU)...

Nigerian Navy, EU to strengthen cooperation on maritime security

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The first ever Joint Event on Strengthening Nigeria - EU Cooperation on Maritime Security was held at the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command in...

ISS: Burundi’s return to the international fold

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Since his inauguration in 2020, President Évariste Ndayishimiye has introduced a raft of foreign and domestic policy reforms to salvage Burundi’s international reputation and...

Emerging threats in Africa under the spotlight

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A European Union (EU)/ African Union (AU) joint Africa peace and security architecture summit heard both face growing common security challenges including instability, radicalisation...

Top EU man in Africa

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European Union (EU) vice president and its top foreign affairs man Josep Borrell  is currently in Africa visiting Kenya and Mozambique and will, among...

Major Somali demining operation finishes

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A long-running project to clear two districts – Dhabad and Galdogob – of landmines in northern Somalia finished last month (December), leaving millions of...

Gambia police disperse protesters contesting president’s re-election

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Gambian police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse supporters of losing presidential candidate Ousainou Darboe who had taken to the streets outside the...

EU to aim for rapid deployment force without US assets by...

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The European Union is considering a joint military force of up to 5 000 troops by 2025 to intervene in a range of crises...

Ongoing Tigray conflict slammed by EU and UN

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The European Union and United Nations this week came out strongly against the year-long conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray with one organisation warning “the catastrophic...

EU training for Mozambican military starts

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An EU training mission in Mozambique started work in earnest this week as part of an overall initiative to train a thousand plus Mozambican...

Hackers-for-hire are biggest cybersecurity threat – EU agency

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Hackers-for-hire emerged as the biggest threat to online security in the last 15 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and home working creating opportunities for...

Don’t send migrants back to unsafe countries, pope says, citing Libya

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Pope Francis on Sunday urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and...

EU Military Training Mission in Mozambique set to start operations

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The European Union (EU) Council has launched the European Union Military Training Mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique), the Council announced on 15 October. “The mission...

US, EU warn of influx of Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray

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The United States and European Union are raising alarm over the recent deployment of troops from Eritrea to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where nine months...

Taliban control 65% of Afghanistan, EU official says, after series of...

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Taliban insurgents tightened their grip on captured Afghan territory on Tuesday as civilians hid in their homes, with an EU official saying the militants...

EU air bridge moves lifesaving cargo to northern Mozambique

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Driven by humanitarian needs rather than political and security ones, the European Union (EU) activated its air bridge to provide 15 tons of “lifesaving...

EU agrees to send military training mission to Mozambique

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The European Union will set up a military training mission in Mozambique to help the government tackle a growing Islamist insurgency and to protect...

EU military mission to Mozambique to be approved next month

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 A European Union military mission to support and train up Mozambican troops to tackle an escalating insurgency linked to Islamic State could be approved...

Commission plans EU cyber unit to tackle online crime

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The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to pool resources and expertise from the EU's 27 countries for a joint cyber unit to fight online...

EU Mozambique military training mission on track

The EU could have a military training mission in Mozambique in months, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said, to help the southern African country...

Blame game for Med migrant deaths

The EU is partly to blame for deaths of migrants taking boats across the Mediterranean due to unanswered distress calls, obstruction of humanitarian rescue...

Italian PM’s office denies Rome wants EU to pay Libya to...

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Prime Minister Mario Draghi's office denied a media report on Tuesday that Italy was proposing that the European Union should pay Libya to stop...

Portugal to send another 60 troops to Mozambique on training mission

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Portugal will send a further 60 troops to Mozambique as part of a new cooperation agreement aimed at helping the country tackle an Islamic...

Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures...

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Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on...

EU considers training mission to steady Mozambique

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The European Union will consider sending a civilian training mission to Mozambique to help the government withstand a growing insurgency, EU foreign policy chief...

ISS: EU peace and security funds can now bypass the African...

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Brussels can in future directly finance regional and national military initiatives rather than funnelling money through the AU. The European Union (EU) will this year...

Ethiopia sees war ending, EU complains of partisan aid access

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Ethiopia said it had captured or killed most commanders of a rebellious northern force, while Tigray’s fugitive local leader countered on Friday that civilians...

France, EU push for Turkey sanctions

The European Parliament urged the EU to impose sanctions on Turkey after President Tayyip Erdogan visited the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of Cyprus. With 631...

Canary Islands hotels ask Spain, EU to act on migrant crisis

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Canary Islands hoteliers called for action to tackle a resurgent migrant crisis by the Spanish government and the European Union, saying on Wednesday that...

ISS: Focus on migrant returns threatens AU–EU negotiations

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Last month the European Commission unveiled its New Pact on Migration and Asylum (New Pact). The pact’s goals of rebuilding trust and developing workable...

EU assistance for Mozambique

The European Union granted Mozambique’s request for assistance in tackling attacks in the country’s north by rebels with links to Islamic State, the EU...

Family of ‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ calls on United States, EU and...

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The family of Paul Rusesabagina, the former hotelier portrayed as a hero in a film about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, on Thursday called on the...

EU sanctions Turkish company accused of breaking Libya embargo

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The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday on a Turkish shipping company accused of breaking a UN arms embargo on Libya and whose vessel...

ISS: Migrant disaster in Libya stoked by EU strategy

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Libya is labelled a migration ‘black hole’ where refugees and migrants face ‘unacceptable and extreme’ forms of violence. Migrants – mainly from East and West Africa...

EU sanctions Russian intelligence, North Korean, Chinese firms over alleged cyber...

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The European Union on Thursday imposed travel and financial sanctions on a department of Russia’s military intelligence service and on firms from North Korea...

Mali govt criticised by UN, EU for lethal response to protests

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The United Nations and the European Union have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita...

Malta exits EU Mediterranean patrols

Malta told its European Union partners it would no longer take part in a new Mediterranean mission to stop arms reach warring factions in...

EU announces 194 million euros in additional support to the Sahel

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The European Union (EU) has approved an additional 194 million euros to support the G5 Sahel countries and improve security and stability in the...

EU launches Operation Irini to enforce Libya arms embargo

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The European Union is stepping up its efforts to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya through the launch of a new CSDP (Common...

EU immigration conundrum

European Union countries offered further funding for border policing in Greece and humanitarian aid in Idlib, Syria, but are in a bind over Turkey...

EU Mediterranean operation to support Libya arms embargo

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop weapons reaching warring factions in Libya, foreign...

European powers condemn Turkish plans to send troops to Libya

The European Union’s top diplomat and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy condemned Turkey’s plans to send military experts and trainers...

Europe going it alone on weapons development

European Union governments gave the green light for 13 new defence projects in a step to develop firepower independently of the United States. Under...

EU warns of 5G cybersecurity risks

The European Union warned the risk of increased cyberattacks by state-backed entities but refrained from singling out China and its telecoms equipment market leader...

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