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Fin de opération Serval annoncée (24.07.2014)

Le ministre français de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a annoncé, dimanche, la fin de l'opération Serval au Mali. Elle va être remplacée par l'opération régionale "Barkhane" contre le terrorisme au Sahel.

Central African Republic factions announce ceasefire (24.07.2014)

Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict. The agreement was signed in Congo-Brazzaville between mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the largely Christian anti-Balaka militia. As part of the deal, the Seleka...

Ellen Margrethe Løj named new UNMISS head (23.07.2014)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today announced the appointment of Ellen Margrethe LØj of Denmark as his top official in South Sudan, replacing Hilde Johnson. Ms. LØj has a “wealth of experience in peacekeeping and international affairs,” according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, having served as his...

IGAD-led peace talks to resume next week (23.07.2014)

South Sudan's stalled peace talks are expected to get back under way next week, the regional bloc brokering the slow-moving negotiations, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), said Wednesday.

NGOs against MONUSCO drones for humanitarian work (23.07.2014)

International NGOs have rebuffed a recent offer by the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to use drones for humanitarian information gathering, saying this could represent a dangerous “blurring of the lines” between military and humanitarian actors in the...

South Sudan truce crumbles amid renewed clashes (22.07.2014)

Fighting continued over the town of Nasir for the second day in the largest offensive since May truce.

French Operation Barkhane to start within days (22.07.2014)

Operation Barkhane, named after a crescent-shaped sand dune, will involve the deployment of 3000 military personnel across the vast Sahel region, backed by six fighter jets, 20 helicopters and three drones. The mission will form a belt of French military presence in five northern African countries:...

EUCAP Nestor extended (22.07.2014)

The Council today extended the mandate of the EU mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa (EUCAP Nestor) until 12 December 2016.

Libya election success for secularist Jibril's bloc (18.07.2014)

Results from Libya's first elections since the overthrow of Col Gaddafi have shown gains for an alliance of parties seen as broadly secular.