China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

Military leaders from nearly 50 African countries – The Gambia, Mali and South Sudan among them – completed on Tuesday a two-week conference in Beijing hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The China-Africa Defense and Security Forum began June 26, with a focus on the security situation in Africa…

More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

The death toll in Saturday’s bombing attacks in downtown Mogadishu, which targeted the complex where the country’s ministries of interior and security are housed, has risen to 13. More than 21 people were injured, many of them seriously, according to local news outlets who reported the initial car bomb blast…

Death toll now at 3 in attack on G5 Sahel force HQ in Mali

A revised death toll now stands at three people killed, one a civilian, following the car bomb attack Friday on the G5 Sahel Force headquarters in Mali. The al Qaeda-affiliated militant group JNIM (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack in Sévaré, in a…

South Sudan rivals trade accusations over ceasefire violation

The opposing factions in South Sudan’s civil war traded accusations on Saturday over violations of a ceasefire agreement that was supposed to be in force beginning at midnight. The spokesman for the SPLA IO said government forces working with militia groups launched an attack against the opposition in Wau state…

U.S. court upholds travel ban for Libya, Somalia

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial travel ban affecting citizens of Libya and Somalia hoping to enter the U.S. will stand, despite legal challenges dating to the first days of President Donald Trump’s administration. The 5-4 ruling keeps in place a reworked version of the ban…

Mozambique’s president wants jihadist threat shut down

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique said he wants the jihadist threat operating in his country’s north to be “neutralized,” the first public comment he’s made on the issue since armed groups began terrorizing villages in the Cabo Delgado province. Nyusi, speaking during independence celebrations in Maputo, condemned the recent spate…

MINUSCA chief appeals for CAR humanitarian, security support

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), said the nation remains under threat and requires the continued support of the UN Security Council in order to assist the CAR in restoring government authority, and meet humanitarian needs. Nearly one in four Central…

Mnangagwa escapes injury in blast at Zanu PF campaign rally

An explosion during a political rally in Zimbabwe has been called an assassination attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who narrowly escaped injury after speaking to Zanu PF party supporters. The grenade-like blast came as Mnangagwa was leaving the platform at White City Stadium. At least eight other people were injured,…

Mounting concern over Mozambique extremist attacks

Attacks by armed groups in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado have killed at least 39 people and displaced more than 1,000 since May, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. More than 400 homes have been burned down in the past two weeks, displacing people in three different…

France appeals for dialogue to resolve Cameroon crisis

The French government on Thursday said it remains concerned about the political crisis in Cameroon, but did not announce any specific initiatives to engage in mediating the conflict between President Paul Biya’s government, and the opposition activists and separatists from its Anglophone regions. “We are closely monitoring the situation in…