25/03/2020 – African countries have ordered around $1 billion worth of military hardware from Russia over the last six months, according to Russian officials, as Russia keeps its position as one of the world’s top arms exporters. Continuer à lire … « Russia records $1 billion in military orders from Africa over the last six months »
25/03/2020 – Sudan’s defense minister, Gen. Gamal al-Din Omar, died Wednesday of a heart attack while on an official visit to neighboring South Sudan, Sudanese military and government officials said Wednesday. He was 60.
Omar was in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, taking part in peace talks between his country’s transitional government and rebel groups, the officials said. He attended meetings that stretched into late Tuesday and died early Wednesday, the officials said. The was no further information. Continuer à lire … « Officials: Sudanese defense minister dies of heart attack »
25/03/2020 – An intense bombardment shook Tripoli through the night and a new battle erupted at an airbase outside the capital, hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic. Continuer à lire … « Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase »
23/03/2020 – Seven Ukrainian sailors from the MSC Talia F container ship, flying the flag of Madeira, Portugal, have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Africa.
The vessel was heading from the port of Lomé (Togo) to the port of Libreville (Gabon), the Seafarers journal.com said on March 22.
There were 17 crew members on board. During the attack, the pirates captured seven sailors, all of them are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.
There is no further information about the captives. The vessel continued its voyage, the publication said.
Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo from seafarersjournal.com.
23/03/2020 – Russia exported arms worth more than $15.2 billion in 2019, to around 50 different countries, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin said.
« As of the end of last year, Russia maintains a leading position in the international arms market among the countries that are the main exporters of military products … The volume of exports of military products amounted to over 15.2 billion US dollars », Fomin said in an interview with the Russian Izvestia newspaper.
According to the deputy defence minister, Russia exported arms to around 50 different countries in 2019.
He also added that Russia signed agreements on military cooperation with Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Suriname and the Republic of the Congo last year, which brings the total number of agreements to more than 100.
Sputnik News (Moscow-Russia) |Photo: Sputnik/Valeriy Melnikov
23/03/2020 – The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said Tuesday that militias affiliated with Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar targeted the Ain Zara prison facility in southern Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya: Haftar militias target prison in Tripoli »
23/03/2020 – The American ambassador to Libya ‘Richard Norland’, said that his country is trying to convince the Libyan parties for negotiations, to solve the current crisis in the country, asserting Washington’s work to support a negotiable settlement. This came in a statement quoted by the embassy today Monday, from an interview made by the American ambassador ‘Norland’, with the London’s newspaper ‘The Arab Weekly’. The American embassy had called on Thursday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, which was declared last Saturday with fighting parties agreement for a humanitarian truce, in order to fight the new epidemic of Corona.