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Haftar forces gains control of Sirte from UN backed GNA

Libyan forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar were reported on Monday to have moved into the city of Sirte with little or no resistance from GNA.During the early hours of Monday LNA started moving from Al Jufra Air...

Turkish troops begins deployment to Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said troops have begun moving into Libya to ensure stability for the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.The military deployment was approved last week by the Turkish parliament to deter the Libyan...

Tripoli airport shutdown as battle escalates following Turkey involvement

Flights were suspended at the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Friday because of rocket fire and shelling, as people in eastern Libya protested Turkish military support for their rivals.Turkey’s parliament voted on Thursday to allow troops...

Military plane crashes in Sudan’s Darfur killing 18

A military transport plane crashed on Thursday after taking off from an airport in Sudan’s West Darfur, killing 18 people on board, according to the military.The Antonov 12 plane crashed five minutes after taking off from El-Geneina, killing its...

Turkish parliament authorize troops deployment to Libya

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli battle against forces loyal to a rival government that is seeking to capture the capital.Turkish lawmakers voted 325-184 at an emergency...

Erdogan says Turkey will send troops to Libya

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey will send troops to Libya now that Tripoli has requested it, and he will present legislation to parliament in January for deployment to the north African country.Ankara signed two separate accords...

Algeria’s military chief Ahmed Gaid Salah dies at 80

Algeria’s military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, who was instrumental in pushing out the gas-rich country’s long-serving president amid pro-democracy protests earlier this year, died unexpectedly Monday.Gaid Salah’s death thrusts Algeria into new political uncertainty as a tumultuous year...

Haftar forces in east Libya seize ship with Turkish crew

Libya’s forces based in the country’s east say they have seized a ship with Turkish crew members amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over a contentious maritime border deal involving Tripoli and Ankara.The development comes as Turkey recently increased...

Turkish MPs approve controversial military deal with Libya

Turkey’s parliament approved a security and military deal with Libya’s U.N.-supported government Saturday on the heels of a controversial maritime agreement earlier this month that has drawn international ire.The deal allows Turkey to provide military training and equipment at...

Algeria set to inaugurate new president rejected by protesters

After eight months without a leader, Algeria is inaugurating its new president Thursday — a ceremony that pro-democracy protesters are rejecting as a charade.The governing elite hopes Abdelkader Tebboune’s inauguration allows their gas-rich country to turn the page on...
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Gambia justice minister vow to arrest Jammeh if he returns

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Ex-Angola president billionaire daughter faces scrutiny over graft allegations

Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's ex president is a British-educated billionaire businesswoman, who now faces allegations of plundering the public purse and funneling...

Uganda and Rwanda presidents to meet in London

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame are expected to meet in London on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020...

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says Sierra Leone is home, donates $101k

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has said that 'Sierra Leone is home' as he made a donation to the country's Free Quality Education...

Two killed, 20 wounded as suicide bomber detonates near Somali capital

At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a construction site along a highway...