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Somali president appoints oil firm executive as PM (23.02.2017)
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as "Farmajo", named Hassan Ali Khaire as prime minister … Khaire, his new prime minister, is a dual Norwegian citizen who once worked as a primary school teacher in Norway and also for the Norwegian Refugee Council before joining Soma Oil and Gas.
Watchmen of Lake Chad – ICG report (23.02.2017)
Vigilante groups in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad play a major role in the fight against Boko Haram, but their presence raises concerns. They make military operations less blunt and more effective and have reconnected these states somewhat with many of their local communities, but they have...
The German military plans to beef up security for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali by deploying a number of tethered aerostats - small airships with threat-tracking sensors - like those used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a spokeswoman for the armed forces said.
In the report issued today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also recognized the challenge of trying former members of the regime, especially amid armed conflict and political polarization, but noted that the trial raised...
Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN (20.02.2017)
Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.
Internal EU report exposes Libya turmoil (20.02.2017)
An internal report from the EU's border mission for Libya provides a bleak account of the country's misfortunes, casting a long shadow over EU aims to control its migration flows towards Italy.
The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya's rival political factions and stem the country's chaos, diplomats said Monday.
“It is time to stop a blunt military response that does nothing to tackle the root causes of the conflict between the Government and local militias but instead targets civilians on the basis of their presumed links to the militias,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
UN mission reinforces presence in restive Bambari (17.02.2017)
This reinforcement makes it possible to better protect Bambari and its inhabitants, as, for the time being, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission is the only legitimate authority mandated by the Government to control the city. As Mission chief Parfait Onanga-Anyanga recalled:...
Burundi, AU resolve AMISOM pay dispute (17.02.2017)
Amisom’s salaries are financed by the European Union (EU), but the payment arrangements are governed by an agreement between the AU and the contributing countries. For months now, the EU had not remitted the monthly 5 million euros that is paid to the Burundian soldiers in Somalia.