Seven Ukrainian sailors captured amid pirate attack on vessel off Africa

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.

UNIAN

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Endeavour Mining swoops on Semafo to create top Burkina Faso gold miner

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Endeavour Mining (EDV.TO) said on Monday it will acquire Toronto-listed Semafo (SMF.TO) in a C$1 billion ($690.7 million) deal to create the biggest gold producer in Burkina Faso, increasing its focus on the country despite rising insecurity. Continuer à lire … « Endeavour Mining swoops on Semafo to create top Burkina Faso gold miner »

COVID-19 impacting maritime security

23/03/2020 – The COVID-19 coronavirus will have a profound impact on commercial and security trends within shipping this year, and efforts to mitigate maritime crime in West Africa will be hampered if the virus continues to spread.

This is according to Dryad Global, which said the emergence of COVID-19 as a severe global public health issue has created significant ramifications, including economic disruption and the threat of a global recession, logistical complexities, geopolitical considerations, and security issues. Continuer à lire … « COVID-19 impacting maritime security »

Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates

04/01/2020 – TENSIONS between the US and Iran, as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are reaching a critical level, as are risks of a deliberate or accidental confrontation among these parties.
Nearly two years after entering into force, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) is in jeopardy. Continuer à lire … « Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates »

Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire, says official

03/01/2020 – Flights were suspended until further notice at the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Friday due to rockets falling nearby, an airport official said.

The closure of Mitiga Airport comes a day after Turkey’s parliament voted to allow a troop deployment to Libya, deepening fears of an escalation of fighting in the North African country. Continuer à lire … « Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire, says official »

US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace

03/01/2020 – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned American air carriers to “exercise caution” when flying over Kenyan airspace, citing possible attacks by extremists.
In an advisory directed to civilian airliners and all operators of US-registered aircraft issued last week, the agency said: “Those persons are advised to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Kenya East of 40 degrees East longitude at altitudes below fl260 due to the possibility of extremist/militant activity.” Continuer à lire … « US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace »

EU Foreign Affairs Official Heads Delegation to Libya on Jan.

29/12/2019 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said he will, along with a number of European Ministers, visit Libya on January 7 to meet Libyan leaders. Borrell disclosed the visit at a phone call with the GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala to discuss situation in Libya. Borrell said he will be accompanied, on his visit to Libya, by Foreign Ministers of Italy, Germany, Britain and France, to discuss the situation in the country with the Head of the Presidency Council Fayez Al Serraj. Meanwhile, the Belgian capital is hosting a meeting on Monday on the Libyan crisis, which will bring together high ranking officials from Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, to arrange for the EU mission to Libya.

LANA / Libya

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