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Armed groups in Mali prepare for peace talks OUAGADOUGOU: Ethnic Tuareg and Arab militias from Mali are gathering for talks this week in Burkina Faso ahead of peace negotiations with the government, participants said on Monday."We want to get together to harmonise our points of view on certain issues before meeting with Bamako (the government)," Mohamaed Ag Assaleh, president of the Coalition of the People for Azawad (CPA), told AFP.Discussions among groups that lay claim to a homeland in northern Mali they call Azawad were due to start on Monday, but were delayed until the following day as "some delegations have not yet arrived", he added."A large part of our team is already in (Burkina Faso's capital) Ouagadougou, but we are waiting for others," said a source close to the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), one of the main armed movements from the desert north of the vast and poor west African country.Participants were ...

Libya neighbours back Egypt call to disarm militias CAIRO: Libya's neighbours on Monday backed an Egyptian call for rival militias in the tumultuous North African country to be disarmed, agreeing with Cairo that there should be no foreign intervention to stem spiralling lawlessness. Foreign ministers from Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan and Chad met a day after Cairo denied Islamist militia accusations that it had conducted an air strike against Islamists in Tripoli.The ministerial get-together also came 48 hours after Islamist militias seized ...
East African leaders set new talks deadline for South Sudan ADDIS ABABA: East African leaders on Monday gave South Sudan's warring sides six weeks to agree on a transitional government after a deadline earlier this month was missed and fighting rumbled on instead.Meeting in Addis Ababa, heads of state from the regional African grouping IGAD said the two sides should agree to a plan for setting up a transitional government that would include a new post of prime minister.President Salva Kiir would keep his post, ...
East African countries must cooperate to tighten border security MOMBASA: East African countries need to work together on tightening porous borders to help halt the movement of militants, drug traffickers and other criminals, the region's senior intelligence officers were told on Monday.Several east African nations have been battling a rise in attacks often linked to the Somali militant group al Shabaab, which has promised to target African nations mostly from the region that have sent peacekeeping troops to Somalia. The week-long meeting of officers ...
Egypt proposes new Gaza ceasefire: Palestinian official CAIRO: Egyptian mediators have proposed a new ceasefire in Gaza that would open the blockaded enclave's crossings and allow in aid and reconstruction materials, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday.The Palestinians, including the de facto Hamas rulers of the enclave, would be willing to accept such a deal if Israel does, the official told AFP.The proposal would defer to a later date negotiations on disputed points that have prevented a long-term ceasefire deal, he ...
Congo declares Ebola outbreak KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the World Health Organization had said on Thursday it was not Ebola."I declare an Ebola epidemic in the region of Djera, in the territory of Boende ...
Libya outgoing provisional Congress 'plans to reopen': spokesman TRIPOLI: Libya's outgoing provisional General National Congress (GNC) is to resume operations despite being superseded by an elected national parliament, its spokesman said on Saturday."The General National Congress will hold an emergency meeting in Tripoli to save the country's sovereignty," spokesman Omar Ahmidan said on a local television station.He made the announcement after Islamists said they have lost confidence in the new parliament, holed up in the eastern city of Tobruk because of the violence ...


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