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Obama is pressed to open military front against ISIS in Libya (04.02.2016)

But Mr. Obama, wary of embarking on an intervention in another strife-torn country, has told his aides to redouble their efforts to help form a unity government in Libya at the same time the Pentagon refines its options, which include airstrikes, commando raids or advising vetted Libyan militias on...

South Sudan and Sudan agree to peg crude pipeline fees to oil price (03.02.2016)

In recent weeks, local media have reported of a growing standoff between Sudan and South Sudan over oil transit fees, with the south wanting a cut as the collapse in global oil prices mean transit costs sometimes exceeded the price of crude.

Burundi rebels say trained by Rwandan military - U.N. experts (03.02.2016)

A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Funding falls short for Task Force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram (03.02.2016)

So far donors, including Nigeria and France, have pledged about $250 million to fund the 8,700-strong regional force … That covers just over a third of the $700 million budget announced for the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) last year.

$166 million UN-backed humanitarian appeal barely one per cent funded (01.02.2016)

Almost two months after its launch, a humanitarian appeal to aid 1.3 million vulnerable people in conflict-torn Libya is 99 per cent unfunded, a senior United Nations official for the North African country warned today, calling on the international community to step up to the plate.

Burundi keeps seat on security body, complicating peacekeeper plan (01.02.2016)

Burundi was re-elected to the African Union's peace and security council, diplomats said, a move that could complicate plans to send peacekeepers to the troubled country against its will.

African Union decides against peacekeepers for Burundi (01.02.2016)

Smail Chergui, AU commissioner for peace and security, told a press conference in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday that a proposed deployment of 5,000 troops would be deferred until permission was granted by Bujumbura. … Chergui said that an AU delegation would now fly to Burundi to hold talks aimed...

EU, Africa urge unity government in Libya to counter IS (31.01.2016)

In Libya itself, prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj met controversial army chief General Khalifa Haftar as part of a series of encounters to press the creation of a UN-backed unity cabinet. The meeting came as African Union leaders at a summit in Addis Ababa called for a political solution in...

France hopes to end military operations in Central African Republic this year (31.01.2016)

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian … said that the number of French soldiers which currently amounts to 900 French will be cut to around 300. The number had reached 2,500 at the start of the operation, known as ‘Sangaris’, in early 2014. He also said that the role of the UN mission in Central...

U.N. praises Somalia deal on model for electoral process (29.01.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised an agreement by Somalia's government on Thursday on a model for the electoral process to establish a new, bicameral federal parliament in 2016, a U.N. spokesman said.