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Libya strongman Haftar in Greece for talks ahead of Berlin peace conference

Issued on: 17/01/2020 – 09:44Modified: 17/01/2020 – 09:44 Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar will hold talks in Athens on Friday, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripolis UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj are expected to attend. Advertising Read more The talks come as world powers step up efforts for a lasting ceasefire, nine months since an assault on Tripoli by Haftars forces sparked fighting that has killed more than 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters, displacing tens of thousands. An interim truce that came into force Sunday has mostly held, despite accusations of violations from Haftars forces and the rival Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar flew to Athens by private plane on Thursday and was taken to a luxury Athens hotel where he was met by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias for an initial round of talks, TV footage showed. He is scheduled to talk to Dendias again on Friday before meeting Prime Mi..

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Attack on Fulani village in Mali kills over a dozen in latest spate of ethnic violence

Issued on: 17/01/2020 – 02:35Modified: 17/01/2020 – 02:35 Fourteen people were killed and two wounded on Thursday in an attack on a Fulani village in central Mali, according to the UN, in an apparent bout of ethnic violence. Advertising Read more The figure, from a UN report on the incident, revises down an earlier death toll of 15 people given by a security official, and reported by AFP. According to the report, armed men on motorbikes, wearing the garb of traditional hunters known as the Dozo, attacked Siba village in the early hours of Thursday morning. They fired at villagers with hunting rifles and set fire to houses. Thirteen men and one girl died in the attack, while two people were wounded and livestock was also stolen. The security official, who requested anonymity, said that some victims had their throats slit in their sleep. Terrified villagers buried the dead on Thursday, a local teacher told AFP. Tensions between the mostly Fulani villagers of Siba, and nei..

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Sudans predicted nightmare revolt highlights risks to democratic transition

A deadly revolt Tuesday by Sudanese security forces protesting against their severance packages has underscored the importance of reforming and restructuring the countrys hydra-headed security services. But its a daunting task with ambitious armed men jostling for power. Advertising Read more When gunshots broke out in the Sudanese capital Tuesday, a local wag shot a little video clip of himself nonchalantly strutting through the Khartoum night. “Im in the ghetto…ratatata!” he intoned with insouciance, repeating, as the heavy gunfire persisted, “RA-tatata! RA-tatata!” The Khartoum version of the “Im in the Ghetto” meme was promptly picked up and shared by social media users of Sudanese origin across the world. “When popular western memes meet volitile [sic] African states. #ILoveMyPeople” posted one Twitter user. By Wednesday morning though, the generals were out, revealing the cause and fallout of the gunfire and it was clear it was no laughing matter. "What happened on Tuesd..

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Sudan’s ruling council calls revolt by members of country’s intelligence agency a ‘coup’

in a statement, Al-Burhan warned that the armed forces will confront any attempt to "destabilize security and stability and every attempt to abort revolution."Eyewitnesses in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum described to CNN "a terrifying day" on Tuesday after members of the Operations Authority of the Intelligence Service rebelled and took control of the service's headquarters buildings around the capital, firing bullets in the air and blocking off streets. Security forces made up of Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese army intervened and took control of the agency's buildings.Three people died in the unrest, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD.) A father and his two sons were killed during yesterday's violence in the Soba suburb after a mortar fell on the house yesterday, the CCSD said. Two people were wounded and were admitted for treatment for bullet wounds early Wednesday."The armed forces and political forces … all stood together again..

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Sudan reopens airspace after military crushes armed revolt

Issued on: 15/01/2020 – 10:57Modified: 15/01/2020 – 10:57 Sudan said it reopened its airspace on Wednesday after an armed revolt from within its security forces shut down the capitals airport for hours and left at least two people dead. Advertising Read more In a press conference, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the countrys ruling transitional council, announced that “life has returned to normal,” following a tense stand-off between the armed forces and rogue intelligence officers who had fired shots in the air to demand better severance benefits. The burst of unrest paralyzed street life in several parts of the capital, Khartoum, along with another western city. Videos circulated on social media showing vast deployment of security forces and heavy exchanges of gunfire. The armed forces will “not allow any coup to occur,” said Burhan, adding that its a “shame that weapons were raised in the faces of the people.” The army quickly quelled the short-lived mutiny with “min..

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Macron calls on US in anti-jihadist fight in Sahel, but solutions lie in Africa and may not be military

At the end of a recent summit on the Sahel, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged extra troops and called on the US to maintain its military support to combat a spiraling Islamist militancy. But support for corrupt regimes overseeing abuses by local security forces may be part of the problem, not the solution. Advertising Read more The complex, sometimes contested narratives between the protectors and the protected in the Sahel – a vast transition zone between the Sahara and the African savannah – has been on stark display of late in the news media. In the Malian capital, Bamako, protests have erupted over the past few months, with demonstrators holding up signs proclaiming, “France dégage” – France get out – amid mounting frustration over the deteriorating security situation in the West African nation. [embedded content] In 2013, when France intervened to halt an Islamist advance after northern Mali fell to jihadist control, Malians welcomed French troops with banner hea..

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