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Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility for killing of 10 U.N. peacekeepers in Mali

An al Qaeda-linked Islamist group in Mali has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed ten U.N. peacekeepers from Chad on Sunday in the north of the country, the group said in statement posted on Telegram.

The Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen group said the attack was a response to Chadian President Idriss Deby’s revival of diplomatic relations with Israel.

Kenya police arrest wife, father of hotel suicide bomber

Kenyan police have arrested the wife and father of a man identified as the suicide bomber in an attack on Nairobi’s Dusit hotel complex that left 21 dead, a police source said Saturday.
The attacker, one of five Al-Shabaab militants who stormed the complex on Tuesday, was identified as 25-year-old Mahir Khalid Riziki, who grew up in Mombasa.

“The wife of the suicide bomber is now in our custody. She will help us understand her husband’s last moments and his movement, his story in latest years and his very last movements,” a senior police official said on condition of anonymity.

DR Congo court declares Tshisekedi winner of disputed elections

DR Congo’s top court on Sunday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of disputed presidential elections after throwing out a legal challenge by the runner-up.

Announcing the final results of the long awaited poll, the Constitutional Court said Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila in an official ceremony on Tuesday.

Sudan unrest enters second month with protests in Omdurman

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas on Sunday at several hundred protesters and chased them down side streets, a Reuters witness said, as anti-government protests entered their second month.

Near daily demonstrations set off by a worsening economic crisis have shaken Sudan since Dec. 19. Protesters have called for an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule, blaming him for the country’s problems.

Israel and Chad revive diplomatic relations, call for closer security ties


Israel confirmed a diplomatic rapprochement with Muslim-majority Chad on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to the Chadian capital to stress their mutual interest in confronting Islamist insurgencies.

Seeking to rebuild ties with Africa damaged by the occupation of Palestinian territories in the 1967 Middle East war, Israel said in November that diplomatic links with Chad would be revived after President Idriss Deby paid the first official visit to Jerusalem by a Chadian leader.

After Westgate debacle, quick end to latest Kenyan attack shows progress

The relatively swift end to an attack on a Nairobi hotel and office complex highlights improvements in Kenya’s counterterrorism capabilities since Somali militants overran a shopping mall in the same neighborhood five years ago.

This time, the authorities flooded the area with elite units, including the paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) and its crack Recce squad, along with a new force trained by the United States to respond to emergencies at American facilities.

Zimbabwe crackdown a sign of things to come, president’s spokesman warns

A crackdown last week on protests in Zimbabwe is a foretaste of how the government will respond to future unrest, the president’s spokesman said, fuelling concerns that the southern African country is reverting to authoritarian rule.

Police say three people died during the demonstrations in Harare’s capital and second city Bulawayo that turned violent. But human rights groups say evidence suggests at least a dozen people were killed while scores were treated for gunshot wounds and hundreds were detained.

PDP dares Buhari over threats to arrest Atiku

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) describes as laughable, President Muhammadu Buhari’s heinous plot to frame the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, out of fear that he is already coasting to victory in the February 16 Presidential election.

While we understand that President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC) are jittery over Atiku Abubakar’s soaring popularity ahead of the elections, it is reprehensible that Mr. President will descend abysmally low to fabricate outright lies and falsehood in a bid to discredit a more qualified and acceptable Presidential candidate.

British Special Services to be awarded for Kenya operation

Britain to award its brave Special Forces soldier who saved many during DusitD2 terror attack

 One Special Air Service officer stood out in the rescue operation at DusitD2 attack –

Smart and Brave a taxi driver hands suspected terrorists to police

A brave and patriotic taxi driver cleverly drove two suspected terrorists to a Garissa police station after noticing they wanted to secretly enter into Kenya from Kismayu, Somalia.

 The heroic acts of the driver come shortly after Kenyan detectives stated the DusitD2 suicide bomber sneaked back to the country from Somalia two days before the Tuesday, January 15 attack that left 21 people dead.

Bodies of four South Africans who drowned in Mozambique recovered

The bodies of four South Africans who drowned after being washed out to sea in Mozambique earlier this week have all been recovered.

“Limpopo Province, assisted by the Department of International Relations, the South African Embassy, the Mozambican authorities can now confirm that the last body was recovered early this morning, with the most retrieved late yesterday,” the office of the Limpopo premier said in a statement.

NAS rebels say government prepares for new attacks in South Sudan’s Equatoria

A holdout group rebel group accused the South Sudanese government of preparing to attack their positions in Central Equatoria, stressing that the accusations of assaults on civilians aimed actually to tarnish their image and manipulate the region to support it.

In a statement released on Friday, the National Salvation Front of Thomas Cirilo (NAS-TC) dismissed a joint statement made by the government army (SSPDF) chief of staff and its peace partner the SPLA-IO deputy chief of staff that the non-signatory group “is a big threat to peace”, saying it looted properties and raped women.

Sudan protests: Doctor and teen ‘shot dead’ during clashes

A doctor and a 16-year-old have been killed in Sudan amid demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir.

Both were shot in the head by state forces who were firing directly on demonstrators, a member of the Sudan Doctors Syndicate told the BBC.

Nine other demonstrators were reportedly wounded in the clashes as protesters staged a sit-in at a hospital in the capital Khartoum.

Burkina Faso PM Paul Kaba Thieba and government resign


Burkina Faso’s government and Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba stood down on Friday, according to a statement released by the country’s president.

No explanation was given for the resignations, though sources told AFP President Roch Marc Christian Kabore wants to breathe new life into the leadership of the landlocked west African country, which is battling a rising wave of jihadist attacks and hostage-taking.

Eastern Libyan force says it killed senior al Qaeda operative

Eastern Libyan forces said on Friday they had killed a senior al Qaeda figure in southern Libya, during an operation to secure oil and gas assets and fight militants in the lawless south.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) faction said it killed Abu Talha al-Libi, a commander in Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and two other militants near the city of Sabha, LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari said.

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo detained until at least February

Ivory Coast ex-strongman Laurent Gbagbo will stay behind bars until at least February despite his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal court, the tribunal said Friday.

Judges in the Hague cleared Gbagbo and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude on Tuesday over a wave of violence after disputed elections in 2010. The crisis claimed around 3,000 lives.

But the 73-year-old’s hopes of an emotional homecoming to Abidjan after seven years in jail have been dashed by a last-minute request by ICC prosecutors to keep him detained.