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Amnesty warns African Union on human rights as Egypt prepares to

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to chair the African Union, nearly six years after the North African Country was shunned by the continental body following its military coup.

Sisi, who will take over as AU chair from Rwandan leader Paul Kagame, led a military coup in 2013 which overthrew Egypt’s first democratically-elected president which triggered to the country’s AU suspension.

Cairo’s tenure “will probably concentrate on security and peacekeeping”, Ashraf Swelam, who heads a think tank linked to the country’s foreign ministry, told AFP.

Incoming AU chair Sisi will likely focus less on “financial and administrative reform” than his predecessor, Swelam added. 

Such reform was the cornerstone of outgoing AU chairman Paul Kagame’s year in the role. 

An African diplomat told AFP

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Pentagon warns of rising Chinese and Russian influence in Africa

Commander of United States Africa Command, General Thomas Waldhauser, testifies during a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Feb. 7, 2019.

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A senior U.S. military commander, describing Africa as a potential “failed continent,” has warned that Russia and China are aggressively expanding their influence across Africa in a new era of “great-power competition.”

The testimony this week by General Thomas Waldhauser, head of the U.S. military command for Africa, was a glimpse into the emerging world view of President Donald Trump’s administration, where Africa is seen largely as a battleground for superpower rivalry.

Gen. Waldhauser, testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, spelled out what he sees as evidence of…

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US General Warns of Russian, Chinese Inroads in Africa

Fears that Washington is increasingly losing influence across the globe are starting to come to fruition in Africa, where a top military official says Russia is playing on perceived U.S. weaknesses to gain leverage and resources.

The most alarming inroads have come in African countries where leaders are seeking to consolidate power, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told lawmakers Thursday, adding Russia seems to have its sights set on areas that could give them an edge over U.S. allies.

“It’s, I think, clear that’s their strategy along the northern part of Africa, southern part of NATO, the Mediterranean, to have influence inside of Libya, for example,” Waldhauser told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

FILE – Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, left, commander of…

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Top US General warns Russia using mercenaries to access Africa’s natural resources

“By employing oligarch-funded, quasi-mercenary military advisors, particularly in countries where leaders seek unchallenged autocratic rule, Russian interests gain access to natural resources on favorable terms,” Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of US Africa Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee in prepared written testimony.

“Some African leaders readily embrace this type of support and use it to consolidate their power and authority. This is occurring in the Central African Republic where elected leaders mortgage mineral rights — for a fraction of their worth — to secure Russian weapons,” he wrote.

“They want to have influence on the continent,” Waldhauser told the committee Thursday when asked about Russia’s activities in Africa.

“I would just point to the Central African…

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Grenada warns Venezuela crisis could engulf Caribbean

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela could easily engulf the Caribbean and urged a peaceful solution to the …
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Aid group warns of Central African Republic ‘catastrophe’

The leader of an international aid group says Central African Republic “is steering toward a catastrophe” unless a new round of peace talks in Sudan this week succeed.

Jan Egeland, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s secretary general, says repeated cycles of violence in one of the world’s poorest nations “have pushed people*s resistance to breaking point.”

Egeland said on Wednesday in a statement that a majority of Central African Republic’s 2.9 million people “urgently need humanitarian support.”

The country has faced interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013, and violence has intensified and spread in recent months.

Talks involving the parties in the country’s conflict are scheduled to begin in Khartoum on Thursday.

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