Sudan’s president accompanies UAE’s rulers to defense show

Military aircraft fly in formation as fireworks explode at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference, known by the acronym IDEX, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (Jon Gambrell/Associated Press) By Jon Gambrell | AP ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Fighter jets screaming overhead and theatrical explosions marked the opening of an arms…

Egypt Boosts Navy As Part Of Red Sea Controlling Strategy

By Amr Emam,   Over the past two years, Egypt spent bil­lions to upgrade its navy, buying helicopter carriers from France, frigates from Russia and subma­rines from Germany. Photo by AHMED XIV/Wikimedia CAIRO, Egypt — By establishing a naval force in the Red Sea, Egypt aims for more than protecting navigation in the Suez Canal, a…

What is the Beef between South Sudan and EPRDF?

By Elias Meseret  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — South Sudan’s ambassador to Ethiopia is dismissing reports that relations are strained between the two countries after President Salva Kiir visited Egypt and met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo earlier this month. South Sudan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, James Pitia Morgan, made the remarks…

United States to Lift Sudan Sanctions

United Nations peacekeepers at a refugee camp in Sudan on Monday. In exchange for the lifting of United States trade sanctions, Sudan has said it will improve access for aid groups, stop supporting rebels in neighboring South Sudan and cooperate with American intelligence agents. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN LONDON —…

Sisi With Kiir!

Egypt’s Sisi and South Sudan’s Kiir strike ‘dirty deal’ The New Arab Egypt’s Sisi and South Sudan’s Kiir strike ‘dirty deal’ Kiir thanked Sisi and announced the implementation of a peace deal [Anadolu] As Egypt continues to court Nile Basin countries, President Sisi met with South Sudan’s leader in Cairo amid ongoing fears about the future…

Cairo Coptic Christian Cathedral Bombed

BBC A bomb explosion in the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in the Egyptian capital Cairo has killed at least 25 people, officials say. Dozens of others were injured in the blast in a chapel adjoining St Mark’s cathedral during a Sunday service. Many of the victims are thought to be women and children. Egypt’s Christian…

What Ethiopia’s withdrawals from AMISOM mean for Somalia

Why is Ethiopia bringing back some of the best-trained and best-equipped soldiers fighting al-Shabaab? Until recently, Ethiopia contributed 4,400 troops to AMISOM’s 22,000 in Somalia. Credit: AU UN/Tobin Jones. This month has seen multiple withdrawals of Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) units from Somalia. On 11 October, ENDF soldiers under the African Union Mission in…