The UAE expands military presence in the Horn of Africa

By Zeenat Hansrod The United Arab Emirates is proving to be a powerful actor in the Northeast Africa peninsula which is home to eight nations. It has secured two military bases, one in Eritrea and the other one in Somaliland, strategic for the fight in Yemen. Economies with limited resources like … [Read more...]

Ghana – opposition leader wins presidential election

Reuters - Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won Ghana's national election, becoming president elect at the third attempt and cementing the country's reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in a region that has been blighted by civil wars and coups. Akufo-Addo defeated President John Mahama … [Read more...]

Gambia – President Yahya Jammeh accepts election defeat

Reuters - Gambians reacted with joy and stunned disbelief on Saturday to the defeat of President Yahya Jammeh, one day after he conceded that he lost an election set to end his 22 years in power. Jammeh's government is accused of crushing dissent and torturing opponents and he had said he would … [Read more...]

How Egypt’s turn toward Iran is shifting power in the region

In recent months, there has been a major shift in Egypt’s foreign policy. Despite it almost going unnoticed, this unexpected policy change is a source of concern for many actors in the Middle East, particularly the Arab Gulf states that have supported Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime since the military … [Read more...]

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir has promised “new Sudan without tribalism”

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir has promised his supporters what he called a “new Sudan without tribalism,” Anadolu has reported. He made the promise in a speech to thousands of his supporters in Green Square, Khartoum. They had gathered to declare their support for the recommendations of … [Read more...]

Kenya’s capital hit by deadly explosion

Aljazeera - Explosions in Kenya's capital have killed at least five people and critically injured nine others, the national Disaster Operations Centre said. Monday's attack in Nairobi's Eastleigh area, sometimes called "Little Mogadishu", might have involved twin blasts, the country's police … [Read more...]

South Sudan and Chad apply to join the Arab League

Middleeastmonitor - The Republics of South Sudan and Chad have formally applied to join the Arab League, diplomatic sources told Al-Ghad news site. According to Al-Ghad, the foreign ministers of South Sudan and Chad have already submitted a formal request to the General Secretariat of the Arab … [Read more...]

South Sudanese rebels advance on Jonglei’s Duk county

March 26, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – South Sudanese rebels of the SPLM/A In Opposition said on Tuesday their forces have advanced on Jonglei state’s Duk county after repulsing government troops and their foreign allies who had attacked their defence positions on Monday in the Greater Bor area. In a … [Read more...]

Al-Sisi meets with South Sudanese Defence Minister

Dailynewsegypt - Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with a high ranking delegation of South Sudanese security officials, according to a ministry statement. The delegation, which included the South Sudanese Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, the deputy head of South Sudanese military … [Read more...]

Kenyan police park massive car bomb outside their offices after missing explosives in vehicle

Officers overlook six pipe-bombs, guns, detonators, ammunition in Somali suspected terror plotter’s Toyota four-wheel-drive Kenyan police failed to realise that a car that they impounded from a Somali man and stored outside their anti-terror unit offices for a week was packed full of explosives … [Read more...]