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Somalia: Al-shabaab welcomes new president with deadly attack

Al-Shabaab group on Thursday launched a deadly attack near Somalia’s presidential palace as outgoing president Sheik Mohamoud handed over his responsibilities to president elect Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo. According to Captain Mohamed Hussein, at least three mortars slammed into a nearby residential area during the ceremony and killed 2 civilians. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors […]

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Somalia Elects a Somali-American as New President

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a veteran diplomat and former Prime Minister has been declared Somalia’s new president after two rounds of voting on Wednesday. Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round. “History was made, we have taken […]

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Sudan Reacts to Trump’s Immigration Policy

Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry has summoned the United States’ envoy Steven Koutsis to protest against Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order, temporarily banning people from seven countries, including Sudan, from entering the U.S. The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by President Donald Trump in his executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under […]

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Mali to Hold a National Dialogue Conference in March 2017

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last weekend said the West African insecurity-stricken Mali will hold a “national dialogue conference” in March 2017 to discuss how to implement the peace agreement signed in mid-2015. In a TV message to the nation on Saturday, President Keïta said that “an important milestone in the rehabilitation of social cohesion […]

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Tunisia: 76 people sentenced for killing of soldiers

A court in Tunisia has handed prison sentences to 76 people convicted for the killing of eight soldiers in 2013, a judiciary official said. Out of the 76 convicted, only seven appeared before the court as the remaining 69 others are still running loose, Sofiene Sliti, prosecution spokesman indicated. Four of the seven have been […]

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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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Ethiopia: Stampede Kills Dozens as Police Fires Teargas

Several people have been reportedly killed and many injured this weekend during a stampede as police dispersed a crowd at an annual cultural festival of the Oromo people, the nation’s largest ethnic group. Among the thousands of festival participants, a number of them marched chanting anti-government slogans with their arms crossed above their heads. Police […]

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Malian Jihadist Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi Begs for Forgiveness at ICC

Islamist militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi on Monday pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court and expressed “deep regret” for destroying historic mausoleums and cultural sites in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi has allegedly been head of the Hesbah – or what some call the “manners’ brigade” – which enforced strict Islamist […]

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Chadian President Meets Hollande over Regional Security

Visiting Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno discussed with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace over the weekend the fight against Boko Haram and the Lake Chad region’s security. According to the French presidency, “the two leaders discussed the fight against Boko Haram and current operations by the Joint Multinational Force, which includes the […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Two Soldiers Allegedly al-Qaeda Sympathizers Arrested

Ivorian authorities Thursday announced the arrest of two soldiers accused of failing to denounce suspects in the Grand Bassam March attack claimed by al-Qaeda. Authorities have not named the soldiers but indicated that they did not take part in the attack. “The two soldiers knew certain members of the unit that attacked the beach in […]

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