Eastern Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar has been receiving care in a hospital in Paris, leading to concerns that his absence could increase instability in the region. Haftar returned to Libya from exile in 2011, after an uprising resulted in the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Haftar is from eastern Libya, where he set up a base of power as the country fell into civil conflict. Chaos in eastern Libya and the rise of extremist groups led to the murder of US ambassador Christopher Stevens in 2012. In 2014, Haftar launched a series of military operations to uproot Islamist extremist groups in eastern Libya, removing them from Benghazi and securing the border with Egypt.
April 22, 2018 11:48 UTC
King Mohammed VI sent a congratulation message to Miguel Diaz-Canel who was elected President of the Republic of Cuba, saying that Morocco is willing to open a new page with Cuba. In June 2017, King Mohammed VI has appointed Boughaleb El Attar as Morocco’s first ambassador to Cuba in decades. The resumption of Moroccan-Cuban relations, which opens a new era for the two countries, comes after the private visit paid by King Mohammed VI to Cuba last year. It was the Moroccan monarch’s first visit to the country since his enthronement in 1999 and the first ever made by a Moroccan king. Since then, Cuba has been providing the Polisario militias with military, vocational and educational training and was regarded as one of the separatists’ strategic bastions.
April 22, 2018 10:41 UTC
As Kim Jong-un, the reclusive leader of North Korea, above right, prepares for a landmark meeting with President Trump, he has seized the diplomatic high ground. He’s made conciliatory gestures on nuclear testing and American troops that have buoyed hopes in South Korea and won praise from Mr. Trump. Others worry that his gestures could put Mr. Trump on the defensive in the grinding negotiations over the future of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. “Barbara Bush is about as close to Texas royalty as you can come.”Advertisement Continue reading the main story____Photo5. Advertisement Continue reading the main story____Photo10.
April 22, 2018 09:56 UTC
Robert Blakeman, a World War II veteran, a three-term state assemblyman and former Valley Stream Village attorney, died Saturday morning. Blakeman served as Valley Stream’s village attorney for seven years and was instrumental in developing the village, said his son Bruce Blakeman, a Hempstead Town councilman. “He was really involved in the building of Long Island,” Bruce Blakeman said. Blakeman was Valley Stream village attorney from 1955 to 1961. Blakeman continued to practice law at Robert Blakeman and Associates in Valley Stream until 2016, along with Bruce, of Valley Stream, and his younger son Bradley, of Alexandria, Virginia.
April 21, 2018 23:17 UTC
TUNIS - Leaders of 11 progressive and secularist political parties from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia completed a two-day brainstorming session focused on breathing new life into the 29-year-old Arab Maghreb Union. The parties set up a coordination body, dubbed the “Network of Democratic Parties in North Africa,” which conspicuously avoided the phrase “Arab Maghreb” and its identity implications. There are more than 210 political parties in Tunisia and 40 political groups in Libya. “The (network) remains open to all other democratic political parties from all the countries of the region,” the parties said in a statement at the end of their meetings in Sousse, Tunisia. Islamists are not part of the new Maghrebi network, which is dominated by secularist and progressive-leaning political parties.
April 21, 2018 17:26 UTC
Weak states, porous borders and trafficking activities turned the Sahel into a safe heaven for terrorist groups. Barkhane, France’s counter-terrorism force in Africa, has been deployed to fight terrorists in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. The attack however shows an improvement in terrorist tactics particularly due to the connivance between the different terrorist groups in the Sahel, he explained. The four terrorist groups were brought together under the command of Iyad Ag Ghali, the leader of Ansar Eddine terrorist group based in Mali. The merging groups are: Ansar Eddine, Al Mourabitoune- led by Algerian notorious terrorist Moukhtar BelMokhtar-, the Macina brigade, and AlQaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) led by another Algerian Abdelmalek Droudkel.
April 21, 2018 16:41 UTC
President Cyril Ramaphosa says late ANC struggle stalwart Dr Zola Skweyiya would have been concerned by the violent protests that have seized the North West in the last few days. Ramaphosa - speaking at the official funeral for the struggle stalwart in Pretoria on Saturday - said in all tasks that he was given, Skweyiya had made a difference. "It is to dishonour the memory of Zola Skweyiya, Oliver Tambo and all those who fought with such dignity and principle for a peaceful and just South Africa. "Like Zola Skweyiya, we must listen to the people. Mahikeng meanwhile was reeling on Saturday morning after a week of violent protest that saw 32 people arrested for public violence.
April 21, 2018 16:18 UTC
The North West department of health has welcomed the arrival of the South African Military Health Services wing to the province’s health facilities, particularly around Mahikeng amid ongoing violent protests by residents calling for the removal of premier Supra Mahumapelo. The strike has paralysed health services in the provincial capital Mahikeng, igniting mass protests after two people died at Motshioa Stad clinic on Tuesday. #Mahikeng — North West Health (@NorthWestDOH) April 21, 2018Masike: We were pushed by the dire need to help our people, to provide healthcare despite the current volatile situation. We know that the military health professionals have been involved in peace support operations in other African countries. #Mahikeng — North West Health (@NorthWestDOH) April 21, 2018Masike: The availability of essential drugs and medical supplies is also improving in health facilities following a decision to allow managers to directly source medication from suppliers.
April 21, 2018 15:45 UTC
Every year on April 20, Algerian Berbers take to the streets to demand the independence of the mountainous Kabylie on the occasion of the anniversary of the Berber Spring, marking the bloody crackdown by the Algerian regime in 2001 killing at least 116 protesters. Several cities in Kabylie region commemorated the anniversary of the Berber Spring raising banners and chanting slogans for independence with a view to achieving economic equality and linguistic and cultural rights. The MAK invokes a series of grievances the Kabylie region witnessed after the independence of Algeria. They blame the Algerian regime for seeking to eradicate their linguistic and cultural particularities by imposing an arabization policy coupled with economic marginalization. The Algerian regime has been accused by local and international rights NGOs for its involvement and impartiality in the inter-ethnic clashes that hit the ancient city of Ghardaia.
April 21, 2018 14:03 UTC
The North West department of health has welcomed the timely intervention of the Military Health Services wing to the province's health facilities amid violent protests, particularly around Mahikeng. North West Health MEC Dr Magome Masike has since been engaged in talks with the National ministry, the SANDF and authorities in the country to avail the services of the military health services. "The arrival of the SANDF military health services comes at a time of dire need of their services, skills and expertise," said Masike. "We know that the military health professionals have been involved in peace support operations in other African countries. Their nurses are required to provide health care to peacekeepers working in foreign countries, often in resource-poor environments.
April 21, 2018 13:52 UTC
The violence witnessed in North West province this week can only serve the interests of sections of society opposed to transformation in the country, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday. “We can be certain that Zola Skweyiya would have been concerned about the violent protests that have seized the North West in the last few days. Streets have been trashed and buildings and vehicles torched, while the unrest has spread to other towns in the North West. Ramaphosa cut short his visit to the United Kingdom to attend to the violent protests in the North West. “In a world that is riven by conflict and greed we were comforted to have living among us a person like Zola Skweyiya.
April 21, 2018 10:52 UTC
With nothing but a 1.5-litre bottle of water, FORBES AFRICA journalist, Motlabana Monnakgotla, was determined to make it to his Aunt’s funeral 175km away from home. Back to the tank issue – I was broke and could barely afford to get enough petrol to drive 175kms to Ledig, in the North West province. After fetching my uncle in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, and with just a 1.5-liter bottle of Valpre water in the car, we began our journey. Fifty kilometers into our trip, we drove through Hartbeespoort, a scenic holiday spot in the North West known for its dam. I was tired but felt it was important to go to church with a friend after what was a sad weekend.
April 21, 2018 10:41 UTC
That tournament also remains the most financially successful World Cup ever held by the world football controlling body. “We will do everything we can to help Morocco organize the World Cup in 2026. South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan said it was natural for his organisation and country to back to Moroccans. South African soccer leader Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco “unqualified support” to host the 2026 World Cup in a contest against a combined North American bid. Africa hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” he said after meeting Amokachi, Diouf and Bell.
April 21, 2018 10:18 UTC
South African Military Health Service officers arrived in the North West on Saturday and will set up at the North West Provincial Hospital. Photo: eNCA / Lirandzu ThembaMAHIKENG - The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed medical practitioners to assist in the North West province which has been hard-hit by an ongoing labour strike. Some normality is expected back in the provinces ailing health sector, with the deployment of Military health services. #MahikengProtests pic.twitter.com/6CpHZtmel9 — Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) April 21, 2018"The South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) will move into the North West province to reinforce the medical care capacity at the provincial health hospital, following a debilitating labour action by workers within the health sector," the SANDF said in a statement. The ongoing strike by health professionals affiliated to the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has been ongoing for over a month.
April 21, 2018 07:30 UTC