The situation in North Africa, including in Libya, was in focus of a meeting between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and visiting Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar, the Russian defense ministry said on Monday. "On August 14, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has a meeting with Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar, who is on a working visit to Moscow. Basic attention was focused on the developments in North Africa with a focus on the situation in Libya," the ministry said. Earlier in the day, the visiting Libyan General met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The Libyan National Army currently controls vast territories in the east and southeast of the country.
August 14, 2017 15:45 UTC
Global risk research firm Verisk Maplecroft released its Modern Slavery Index 2017 on Thursday. The index assessed 198 countries for risk of modern slavery, which the researchers define as including slavery, human trafficking and forced labor. The percentage of countries at “high” or “extreme” risk for modern slavery has grown to 60%, a 2% increase since last year. Romania in particular underwent a significant increase in slavery risk, dropping 56 places on the index and falling into the high risk category. But that is not to say that this year’s Modern Slavery Index only has bad news to offer.
August 14, 2017 13:07 UTC
Zerai has recently been put under investigation by the Trapani prosecutor's office as part of an inquiry into aiding and abetting illegal immigration. Father Zerai expressed surprise in an interview with the magazine Africa that he just learned about the investigation. The priest said he is serene and has always acted to save as many human lives as possible. ''When I received a request for help, I also specified the more or less precise position of the boat at sea. The same goes for the number of migrants on board and other specific details: sick or wounded people, pregnant women, particular risks, etcetera'', he noted.
August 14, 2017 12:59 UTC
New figures show Dublin Airport handled more than 3.1 million passengers in July. It was also the first time in the airport's 77-year history that more than three million passengers have been facilitated in a single month. More than 16.9 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first seven months of the year. Dublin Airport managing-director, Vincent Harrison, said: "This is a major milestone for Dublin Airport and for the Irish economy. Dublin Airport supports or facilitates 117,300 jobs in the Irish economy.
August 14, 2017 12:33 UTC
Zuma Poisoned – Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma said he was poisoned and almost died for demanding radical economic transformation for black South Africans. Was President Zuma poisoned by his wife? Nonetheless, here’s what Zuma said:“I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) under my leadership. We are being attacked because we are asking for economic freedom,” stated the President. He specified that we want the ANC MPs “who have two consciences to make space for those who have an ANC conscience” in the National Assembly.
August 14, 2017 12:11 UTC
Morocco's decision to bid for the 2026 World Cup will see the North African country hoping to make it fifth time lucky after some near misses in the past. While the last World Cup was on African soil relatively recently in South Africa in 2010, it has not been to North or Central America since USA 1994. Morocco certainly has plenty of experience of bidding, starting somewhat ironically, with the 1994 finals that went to the USA. Morocco did not bid for 2002, but were back, alongside continental rivals South Africa, to vie for the hosting of the 2006 finals. When England dropped out in the second round, it left South Africa and Germany to go head-to-head in what would turn out to be a highly controversial voting process.
August 14, 2017 10:55 UTC
IPOB in the Southeast, Oduduwa Republic in the Southwest and (a strand of) Arewa in the North; all campaigning for the balkanization of Nigeria. It argues that, if we look within our tribes and nationalities, we would find ample inspiration and motivation to keep fighting to make Nigeria work. Here, as example, is my Igbo case for One Nigeria. This aged value, which predates colonialism, is extremely essential in today’s Nigeria, and indeed the whole of Igboland. The truth is, the concept of Nigeria sits perfectly with everything that it means to be Igbo.
August 14, 2017 10:07 UTC
US vs Russia opens door for North African supplies to EuropeSqueezing Russian supplies should pave the way for additional gas from Algeria and Egypt, writes Ed Reed, although there remain questions about production growth and demandUS sanctions on Russia, recently signed – grudgingly – into law by US President Donald Trump, represent an opportunity for additional North African supplies to European gas markets. Russia seems set to continue dominating European supplies but there is a clear opening for incremental opportunities for North African suppliers. In the run up to the sanctions, Russia said it would limit US embassy workers – this being the largest such reduction since 1917. In terms of the EU’s energy security, much has been made of additional LNG supplies. The paper noted the loss of ground in the Italian market by Sonatrach as “particularly severe”, with Algerian flows losing out to Russian supplies.
August 14, 2017 09:00 UTC
- June 14: At least six people are killed when a suicide car bomber targets the popular Posh Treats restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu. - 2016 -- March 13: Fourteen civilians, including foreigners, and two special forces troops are killed when gunmen storm the Ivorian beach resort of Grand-Bassam. The attack is claimed by AQIM, which says it was a joint operation with the Al-Murabitoun group. The Egyptian branch of the Islamic State group claims responsibility. - March 18: Gunmen kill 21 tourists and a policeman at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in another attack claimed by IS.
August 14, 2017 08:15 UTC
Burkina Faso gendarmes and army forces patrol Sunday as soldiers launch an operation against suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso after gunmen attacked a cafe in the capital, Ouagadougou. (Ahmed Ouoba/AFP/Getty Images)Gunmen riding motorcycles roared up to a Turkish restaurant in the capital of the African nation of Burkina Faso and opened fire, eventually killing 18 people in a standoff with security forces that lasted into the early hours of the morning Monday. Burkina Faso a landlocked, impoverished nation in West Africa has largely been spared terrorist attacks taking place elsewhere in the Sahel region. Burkina President Roch Kabore condemned the attack, expressed condolences to the families of the victim and praised security forces for their prompt response. Read more:After deadly hotel attack, Burkina Faso contemplates a future with terrorismPhotos from the attack on luxury hotel and cafe in Burkina FasoFive challenges facing Burkina Faso’s new presidentToday’s coverage from Post correspondents around the worldLike Washington Post World on Facebook and stay updated on foreign news
August 14, 2017 07:30 UTC
REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File PhotoThe International Finance Corporation (IFC) has proposed to invest $18 million each in Maghreb Private Equity Fund IV and Mediterrania Capital Partners III that will invest in markets across North and West Africa. IFC proposes to invest $18m in Maghreb PEThe International Finance Corporation (IFC) has proposed to make an equity investment of up to $18 million (EUR 15 million ), not exceeding 20 per cent of total fund commitments, in Maghreb Private Equity Fund IV LLC (MPEF IV), it said in a disclosure. MPEF IV is a closed-end private equity fund organized as a Mauritius limited liability company with a target size of EUR 200 million. The fund is targeting EUE 250 million in commitments, and will invest in mid-market companies in North and West Africa. Also Read:IFC to invest up to $25m in Morgan Stanley’s North Haven Thai Private EquityIFC completes $7.5m investment in EMIA’s fund targeting CLM countries
August 14, 2017 05:15 UTC
No, just Europe’s policy — or lack thereof — toward immigrants, and its grisly toll over seven months. Europe’s ad-hoc entry system is cruel to war refugees and cruel to economic migrants, too. Some war refugees found a safe haven. This ad-hoc system also fails to distinguish between war refugees and economic migrants, who likely make up the majority. Europe can do better — first by prioritizing war refugees, and not the ones who can walk across a continent.
August 14, 2017 00:56 UTC
China's Didi Chuxing is forming a strategic partnership with Careem, a mobile ride-hailing platform that operates in the Middle East and North Africa regions. As a part of the cooperation, Didi will make an investment in Careem. Meanwhile, the two parties will implement sharing and cooperation in smart transportation technology and product development and operation. Mudassir Sheikha, co-founder and chief executive officer of Careem, said that Didi brings important artificial intelligence technologies, knowledge and vision to Careem. Founded in Dubai in July 2012, Careem is a ride-hailing service provider in the Middle East and North Africa.
August 14, 2017 00:45 UTC
President of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, endorsed Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and urged African football federations to back the North African kingdom’s endeavor. In a statement on CAF website, CAF President urged African football federations to join efforts in order to show an outspoken and massive support for Morocco. Head of the African highest football authority added that Morocco has all that it takes to organize the world cup. In a statement last March in Marrakech, Ahmad Ahmad has expressed support for Morocco saying “We are convinced that Morocco could organize this competition just as was done by South Africa in 2010”. On August 11, Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has submitted to the FIFA its official bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the fifth attempt by the kingdom to organize the global sports event.
August 14, 2017 00:00 UTC
Algeria continues to struggle with its residual terrorism as numerous militant groups have emerged since the 1990s and evolved according to geopolitical trends with the Islamic State being the latest group to gain presence in the country, said the London-based risk analysis publication, the Global Risk Insight. The publication points out in an article entitled, “Algeria’s Battle against Terror,” to the recurrent attacks on Algerian law enforcement officials by armed men affiliated to terrorist groups with the latest taking place last June in the capital Algiers. On this occasion, a policeman on duty succeeded to disarm the bomber’s suicide device by firing on it and the perpetrator was shot,” said Emily Boutler the author of the article. She added that in Algeria, those who have chosen to align themselves with ISIS have often spent years in the field fighting. In her analysis, she downplayed the effort of the government in curbing terrorism given the porous borders with sub-Saharan countries and the difficulty of monitoring the mountainous terrain in the north east.
August 13, 2017 23:48 UTC