Africa

The Whiff of Conflict Grows in Mali

The Whiff of Conflict Grows in Mali

 

New York Times, 23 October 2012

BAMAKO, Mali — A military strike to recapture Mali’s Islamist-held north is growing more likely, according to Western powers, regional bodies and the United Nations — a pronounced shift after months of hesitation and hopes that negotiations might end what is now seen as a far-reaching jihadist threat.

France pressing for Western military intervention in Mali, claim sources

 

France pressing for Western military intervention in Mali, claim sources

JOSEPH FITSANAKIS
OCTOBER 23, 2012

 

The government of France is holding secret talks with American and other Western officials to explore options for a concerted military intervention in Mali, according to diplomatic sources. A Tuareg rebellion in the northern part of Mali, which began earlier this year, culminated in the unilateral declaration of the Independent State of Azawad.

Somali piracy at three-year low after security thwarts gangs

Somali piracy at three-year low after security thwarts gangs

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON | Mon Oct 22, 2012

 

 

(Reuters) - Somali pirate attacks fell to their lowest in three years in the first nine months of 2012 as tougher navy action and private armed security teams deterred gangs, a maritime watchdog said.

Borderline Chaos? Securing Libya’s Periphery

Borderline Chaos? Securing Libya’s Periphery

Peter Cole
19 oct 2012

Libya’s borders remain largely ungoverned, and securing the periphery is among the country’s greatest challenges. Weak border control allows markets in arms, people, and narcotics to thrive alongside everyday trafficking in fuel and goods, with profound consequences for the region as a whole.

Under fire over Congo rebels, Rwanda eyes U.N. Security Council seat

Under fire over Congo rebels, Rwanda eyes U.N. Security Council seat

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS | Thu Oct 18, 2012

 

 

 

(Reuters) - Rwanda appears likely to win one of five U.N. Security Council seats up for election on Thursday, despite accusations by a U.N. expert panel that the country's defense minister is commanding a rebellion in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwanda, Uganda arming DRC rebels – UN

Rwanda, Uganda arming DRC rebels – UN

2012-10-17

 

New York - Rwanda's defence minister is commanding a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that is being armed by Rwanda and Uganda, both of which sent troops to aid the insurgency in a deadly attack on UN peacekeepers, according to a United Nations report.

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