Russia Monday welcomed Khalifa Haftar’s efforts seeking the restauration of a central government in Libya, six years after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told visiting Commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar that Moscow stands on his side to flash out extremism. The Russian top diplomat however made it clear that Moscow remains faithful to the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirate in December 2015 under the aegis of the UN. “We believe that it is very important to focus all mediation efforts and ideas on the political front on the basis of the activities of the United Nations,” he said. Russia wants “all major political forces, tribes and regions” to undertake the path of dialogue, he said.
August 16, 2017 00:22 UTC
XINHUAAfrica has become a new hot destination for Chinese tourists this summer, as the continent's cooler weather and more relaxed visa policies have boosted local tourism. On average, Chinese tourists spend about 24,000 yuan ($3,597) on trips to South Africa and East Africa, and spend 15,000 yuan in North Africa, according to Ctrip.com, China's largest online travel agency. With an enduring heat wave in many regions of China, a large number of Chinese tourists prefer to spend their vacation in these cooler places. In May, Ethiopian Airlines launched direct flights between Chengdu in Sichuan province and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. "The unique tourism resources in Africa are attracting Chinese tourists who are pursuing personalized and quality tour experiences."
August 16, 2017 00:22 UTC
— Morocco’s decision to bid for the 2026 World Cup soccer finals will see the North African country hoping to make it fifth time lucky after some near misses in the past. Morocco have thrown their hat in the ring against a powerful joint-bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, and look immediately on the back foot for what will be an expanded 48-team tournament that will stretch their infrastructure to the maximum. Morocco are the only other nation to bid against the Central and North American trio, and must be viewed as rank outsiders from the start, with around a year to persuade FIFA’s selection committee that can put on the better show. Primarily, they are also up against geography and politics. While the last World Cup was on African soil relatively recently in South Africa in 2010.
August 15, 2017 22:52 UTC
Among the NSC holdovers is Allison Hooker, an architect of former President Barack Obama’s Korean policy. Hooker returned to South Korea earlier this year in advance of Trump’s fall visit to Asia. Trump sternly denounced Obama’s Korean policy in April. … Frankly, that patience is over,” he said in a Rose Garden press news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. If President Trump truly wants to roll back Obama's Cuba policy, change needs to come to the NSC.
August 15, 2017 18:44 UTC
In response, the Defend Europe group immediately declared its mission to stop the flow of people from North Africa to Europe a “victory” and was widely praised by its supporters. A Defend Europe spokesperson told HuffPost UK on Sunday: “The situation in the Mediterranean seems at kind of a turning point.”So, what role did the group have in these events? TAHA JAWASHI via Getty Images The Libyan Coast Guard takes an aggressive approach to security. — Defend Europe (@DefendEuropeID) August 15, 2017🇬🇧 Golfo A. has been stopped. — Defend Europe (@DefendEuropeID) August 15, 2017But the latest satellite tracking shows the C-Star appearing to also be sailing away from the Libyan coast.
August 15, 2017 18:33 UTC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday issued a war crimes arrest warrant against a senior Libyan military commander after multiple video appeared to show him participating and ordering summary executions. Al-Werfalli serves as a senior commander in the al-Saiqa brigade, an elite unit of soldiers that defected from the Libyan National Army during the 2011 uprising against the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Libya's rocky path to democracy Ousted after decades For more than 40 years, Moammar Gadhafi was the eccentric strongman in power in Libya. Libya's rocky path to democracy Militias gaining strength Another problem facing Libya in the post-Gadhafi era was the rise of violent militias. Libya's rocky path to democracy Deeply divided Political divisions became deeper in the years following Gadhafi's ouster.
August 15, 2017 17:15 UTC
The African Union called on Morocco to bring logistical support for the Sahel G5 anti-terrorism force in the wake of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso leaving 20 dead. The African Union Chairman, President of Guinea Alpha Condé called on Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria and South Africa to offer logistical support to make the G5 force operational. President Condé also condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on a restaurant popular with expatriates in Ouagadougou. Five African countries, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger (known as G5 countries), agreed to form the special counterterrorism force of 5,000 troops for the Sahel region. The Sahel has become a breeding ground for several terrorist groups taking advantage of vast swathes of deserts and porous borders to engage in various terrorist, trafficking and criminal activities.
August 15, 2017 16:18 UTC
Over 2200 Algerian nationals will be expelled from Germany after their asylum applications were rejected, according to German magazine Funke Mediengruppe. According to press reports, 623 asylum seekers from North Africa were turned down between January and June 2017 but only 166 of them were deported. In Algeria, human rights organizations slam the German move, saying it is “discriminatory” as it targets more Algerian asylum seekers than other nationals. And Merkel’s decision has fractured relations between her party and the traditionally more conservative Bavarian CSU. Although Merkel has since changed her rhetoric and toughened up rules for asylum seekers, her Bavarian allies have continued to be among her most vocal critics, demanding, for example, a limit on migrants entering Germany, which Merkel rejects.
August 15, 2017 16:18 UTC
An Italian woman has reportedly been denied employment by a shop owner because of her relationship with an African immigrant. FOLLOW USTwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramEighteen-year-old Chiara Del Gaudio was told by a shop owner in Torino that he was not comfortable with employing her because she was sharing her life with an African. According to the website RT, the shop owner contacted Del Gaudio following her application for a job position he advertised online, but then apparently had a change of heart after going through her Facebook profile. In a Facebook conversation brimming with racist prejudice, the unnamed shop owner told Del Gaudio, in no uncertain terms, that he found her choice of romantic partner absolutely objectionable. Reports say the shopkeeper has since deleted his Facebook profile, as well as the shop’s profile.
A diplomatic frost is silently developing between Rabat and Madrid, after Spanish media spoke of an upcoming visit by the Queen of Spain to the enclave of Ceuta on September 9. The Spanish-occupied city of Ceuta is yet again at the heart of a new row after Morocco protested in 2007 against a visit by Juan Carlos, then king of Spain, to the city. Back then, Morocco described the visit as a provocation and recalled its ambassador to Madrid in protest. Spanish news outlets such as El Confidential Digital claimed that Morocco is letting migrants storm into Ceuta’s borders on purpose as a protest against the Queen’s visit. Morocco claims the city along with the other Spanish occupied city of Melilla as an integral part of its national territory.
Morocco have for many years been cast as the bridesmaid and never the bride, missing out on four previous bids to host the World Cup. The country has been actively attempting to build a powerbase within the African game, and their efforts are paying dividends. For example, Royal Moroccan Football Federation (RMFF) president Faouzi Lekjaa was recently voted in as a newly-created third vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). "Morocco will not hesitate for a second to respond favourably to any invitation to host this Nations Cup," Lekjaa said at the recent CAF symposium held in Rabat. The charm offensive is in full swing, with a World Cup gig the ultimate aim.
Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit take tactical positions during an amphibious beach assault demonstration for Exercise Bright Star in Alexandria, Egypt on Oct. 12, 2009. The restart next month of the biannual Bright Star exercise, a bilateral effort now focused on counterterrorism operations, comes as Egypt struggles to contain a potent insurgency on the Sinai peninsula. Though Egypt may invite other countries such as Sudan as observers, only U.S. and Egyptian forces will take the field, U.S. defense officials said. The renewal comes just months after Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to the White House in April, showering him with praise for fighting extremists at home and and in North Africa. "The Egyptian military has been fighting and losing an insurgency in the Sinai for the last several years," Schenker said, and has shown little interest in restructuring its large and lumbering military to fight an entrenched insurgency.
August 15, 2017 15:56 UTC
“We aim to drive foreign direct investment into the sector,” confirms Rachid Belanes of APIA, “as well as into technology and trade. For the Gulf, we send by airfreight, for Russia by ship, and for Europe by both methods.”For dates and olive oil, Tunisia boasts a sizeable production of organics. “There are good opportunities for organic production in Tunisia. “Five pilot zones have been launched for organic production,” she says. “The great performance of the sector has been recognised internationally by the compliance certificate awarded to Tunisia for its organic sector, its control system and its development system.
August 15, 2017 15:22 UTC
In West Africa, implementing these measures could mitigate the dangers of terrorism. Across West Africa, national economies are about 70 percent agrarian, with a majority of farmers operating only at subsistence levels. Unemployed youth in West Africa are often those drawn to violent extremism, as unemployment and poverty can make young people dissatisfied with their national governments. However, counter-terrorism efforts in West Africa typically involve armed combat and are more reactive than preventive. Left unaddressed, youth unemployment in West Africa will continue to give rise to disaffection and potential radicalization.
August 15, 2017 13:52 UTC