Al-Shabab says it executed 4 accused spies in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's al-Shabab Islamic extremist group says it has executed four men accused of spying for the British, Djibouti and Somali intelligence agencies.
Fort Campbell soldiers return from deployment to Africa
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Fort Campbell says more than 100 soldiers are returning from a deployment to Africa.
The Army says the 101st Airborne Division Soldiers are expected to return...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron launched his latest Africa visit with stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Thursday honored women from 10 countries for their courage, saying the trait "is one of the qualities we need most in society."
52 bodies of migrants found after boats capsize off Djibouti
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The remains of 52 people have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday, as body bags were laid out on the sand.
UN: More than 130 migrants appear to be missing off Djibouti
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — More than 130 migrants were thought to be missing after two boats capsized Tuesday off the tiny East African nation of Djibouti, the U.N. migration agency said.
Local police had found five bodies and search efforts were underway, the U.N. statement said. Witnesses said the boats were overloaded and large waves caused them to tip over about a half-hour after departing.
Suspect tied to Charlie Hebdo attack sent to France, charged
PARIS (AP) — French authorities handed preliminary terrorism charges Sunday to a fugitive extremist who is suspected of fighting U.S. forces in Iraq and helping to organize the 2015 shooting attack at satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.
Charlie Hebdo attack suspect arrested, French officials say
PARIS (AP) — French authorities confirmed on Friday the arrest of a suspected extremist linked to the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that killed 12 people.
The Paris prosecutor's office confirmed the arrest after French media reported that French citizen Peter Cherif, also known as Abu Hamza, had been arrested in Djibouti.
Melania Trump, Karen Pence assemble comfort kits for troops
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump and Karen Pence are helping to assemble military comfort kits for troops deployed overseas at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Trump said Tuesday the packs are "one small way that we can say thank you and honor the sacrifices that members of the military make year-round."
The first lady adds, "Our prayers remain with all those serving overseas and for the families who wait for them to come home."
US cutting counterterror forces in Africa
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China.
UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries — but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab militants.
Eritrea hopes UN Security Council will soon lift sanctions
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea is hoping that the U.N. Security Council will soon lift sanctions it imposed on the East African nation in 2009, now that its relations have thawed with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries.
Djibouti nationalizes majority shares in container terminal
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Djibouti is escalating a dispute with global port operator DP World by nationalizing the majority shares in the Doraleh Container Terminal.
Djibouti in February seized the terminal run by the Dubai-based company, saying the contract hurt the country's ability to control a key infrastructure asset. DP World then went to the London Court of International Arbitration.
Eritrea, Djibouti agree to normalize diplomatic relations
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Neighbors Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize relations after a decade of diplomatic stalemate in the latest thaw between countries in the strategic Horn of Africa region.
Ethiopia's foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, called the decision "a historic diplomatic achievement" in a Facebook post. The announcement came after an Ethiopia-led mediation effort.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa on Saturday on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the world's second most populous continent.
This is Xi's first trip abroad since he was appointed to a second term in March with term limits removed, allowing him to rule for as long as he wants. That rang familiar to some of Africa's long-entrenched leaders.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Djibouti is asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help peacefully resolve a border dispute with Eritrea following the recent end to that nation's 20-year border dispute with Ethiopia.
BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday denied allegations that its forces targeted U.S. military aircraft with high-powered lasers near China's military base in Djibouti, resulting in minor injuries to two pilots.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had informed the U.S. that "after strict verification, we have told the U.S. side that what they alleged is absolutely untrue."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has issued a formal complaint to the Chinese government over the use of high-grade lasers near the military base in Djibouti that were directed at aircraft and resulted in minor injuries to two American pilots, the Pentagon said Thursday.
DJIBOUTI (AP) — Two fighter jets took off and roared over the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, a sprawling complex in this tiny African nation that is quickly becoming a strategic military and shipping outpost for the world.
Not far away, a massive U.S. flag waved over transport planes parked in front of America's only permanent military base in Africa, Camp Lemonnier, home to about 4,000 personnel.
U.S. military grounds aircraft in Djibouti after multiple accidents
At the request of the Djiboutian government, the U.S. military has halted its air operations in the East African country, a critical location in the fight against terrorism, following two accidents involving military aircraft, three defense officials told CNN.
US air accidents lead to cancellation of exercise
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Thursday canceled the remainder of a training exercise in the Horn of Africa, and the government of Djibouti called a halt to U.S. military air operations in its country, following two U.S. Marine aircraft accidents this week in Djibouti.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Global port operator DP World said Thursday its profits rose by 7 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2017 as the company expands internationally, including in East Africa where a legal row has erupted after Djibouti last month seized a container terminal run by the company.
DJIBOUTI (AP) — The new electrified rail line snakes through the African desert, charting a course from a port along the Djibouti coast to Addis Ababa, the capital of land-locked Ethiopia.
The Chinese built the railway, and part of the port, and the new military base next door. On the other end of the line, Chinese dollars financed Addis Ababa's new light rail, and the new ring road system, and the silver African Union headquarters that towers over the city.
DJIBOUTI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson drew a distinction Friday between "talks" with North Korea and "negotiations," arguing that President Donald Trump's willingness to chat with Kim Jong Un shouldn't be construed as anything more than that.
Djibouti, DP World in ‘crisis’ talks after port nationalization
In the world's only country that hosts both an American and a Chinese naval base, a Dubai firm is engaged in "crisis talks" with Djibouti after the East African state nationalized port facilities less than 10 miles from the Pentagon's key outpost in the troubled Horn of Africa, amid widespread local media reports that a Chinese firm is in line to take over the contract.
Djibouti seizes control of DP World’s container terminal
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Djibouti has seized control of a container terminal run by Dubai-based port operator DP World, the latest move in a long-running legal dispute over the facility in the East African nation.
The nationalization of the Doraleh Container Terminal in Djibouti comes as the United Arab Emirates' interests across East Africa now also include a series of military bases allowing it to project power into the Red Sea and the crucial Bab el-Mandeb strait.
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UN says 30 African migrants drowned off Yemen’s coast
CAIRO (AP) — A boat that capsized off Yemen's coast earlier this week killed at least 30 African migrants and refugees, the U.N. said on Friday, reiterating warnings of the risks involved with travelling to the war-torn country.
The overcrowded boat, carrying some 152 people, was heading from the al-Buraiqa coast near the Yemeni city of Aden toward Djibouti, the U.N. migration agency said. Of the total, 101 passengers were Ethiopians and the rest were Somalis.
Turkey’s leader calls for backing of UN motion on Jerusalem
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president is calling on nations to back a non-binding resolution that is expected to be brought to the U.N. General Assembly and seeks the cancellation of President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the appeal Tuesday during a joint news conference with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, a day after the U.S. vetoed such a resolution in the U.N. Security Council.
As a little boy, Sgt. Steven M. Bradshaw played with his G.I. Joe and pretended to be a soldier.
As an adult, he was able to fulfill his dream and join the Army, where he served in Afghanistan and Djibouti, among other assignments.
“He always had a love for the military, and for the Army specifically,” said his wife, Lisa M. Bradshaw.
He served for six years before being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Bradshaw “enjoyed serving,” his wife said. “And he was proud of it, that he had done it.”
MSF says it can’t deliver live-saving aid to Yemen capital
CAIRO (AP) — International aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has not been able to deliver live-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in dire need in the Yemeni capital because of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels.
The group, known by its French acronym MSF, says in a statement Saturday it hasn't received authorization from the coalition to fly from Djibouti to Sanaa.
On Feb. 7, 2017 the U.S. invaded the sovereign state of Yemen. It was a surprise attack deliberately creating terror, chaos and death, killing a number of civilians including children one of whom was a U.S. citizen, a little girl. The attack originated from a forward offensive U.S. base in the nation of Djibouti, a small impoverished neighboring state unfortunately susceptible to CIA payoffs for a U.S. offensive military presence within its borders.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An official in Djibouti says a pilot and two female military trainees died when their small aircraft crashed on Wednesday.
Immigration official Mohamed Muhummed says the crash of the single-engine plane occurred near Djibouti city's airport during an air force training session.
The cause of the crash remains unknown. Muhummed says investigations are underway.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — China would consider sending peacekeeping troops to a disputed Djibouti-Eritrea border region after Qatar pulled out its troops last month, China's top diplomat to the African Union said Friday, as the Asian giant's military role overseas grows.
China also would consider stepping in to mediate the dispute between the East African nations if asked, Kuang Weilin told The Associated Press.
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People's Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant's first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China's armed forces.
The defense ministry said on its website that a ceremony was held at a naval pier in the southern Chinese port of Zhanjiang presided over by navy commander Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union says it will send a delegation to Eritrea as tensions grow between that country and neighboring Djibouti after the abrupt withdrawal of Qatar peacekeeping troops from a disputed border area.
AU chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Tuesday called for calm and said he already sent a delegation to Djibouti, which has accused Eritrean troops of quickly occupying the disputed Dumeira mountain area.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Eritrea and Djibouti on Monday to resolve their border dispute peacefully following the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops from Qatar.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's government says Qatar has not yet explained why it withdrew 450 peacekeeping troops from the East African nation's contested border area with Djibouti.
Djibouti has accused Eritrean troops of occupying the Dumeira mountain area shortly after Qatar's peacekeepers left earlier this week. Qatar, which is caught up in its own diplomatic clash with other Arab nations, had mediated a territorial dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.
Djibouti says Eritrean soldiers occupy disputed area
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Djibouti has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union accusing soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this week, an official said.
The move threatens to renew a territorial dispute between the two East African nations that Qatar, now caught up in a diplomatic clash with other Arab nations, has helped to mediate.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar said Wednesday it has pulled all of its troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, east African nations that have a long-running territorial dispute which Doha had helped mediate.
Qatar offered no explanation for the move, though it comes amid a diplomatic dispute with other Arab nations that have cut diplomatic ties and now are trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's construction of a military outpost in Djibouti is just the first of what will likely be an ongoing expansion in friendly foreign ports around the world to support distant deployments, a new Pentagon report concludes, predicting that Pakistan may be another potential location.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An Air Force officer assigned to a special operations unit at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico is being honored for his actions while under enemy gunfire in the African nation of Djibouti (jih-BOO'-tee) in 2013.
Base officials planned Monday to present the Distinguished Flying Cross to Maj. William J. Mendel.
DJIBOUTI (AP) — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday.
The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the navies of the United States and other nations into a lengthy campaign against the pirates.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia could host international games again for the first time in nearly 30 years after the new head of African soccer said on Tuesday he's open to the idea.
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad invited Somalia to start by organizing friendly games against neighbor Djibouti in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Mogadishu last hosted a senior international in 1988.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy.
His trip to the region, which began with his departure Monday night, includes stops with longstanding allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, and new partners like Djibouti.
Dubai: Panel clears DP World of Djibouti allegations
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's government says an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port.
The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50-year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing it of bribing the head of Djibouti's port authority.
Yemenis stuck in Africa by travel ban arrive in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen Yemenis who were stranded in Africa by President Donald Trump's travel ban flew into Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The group's flight landed at about 4:30 p.m. at Los Angeles International Airport after court orders allowed their travel from Djibouti by way of Turkey. The travelers and their attorney came out of customs about 90 minutes later to little fanfare and few greeters other than a handful of reporters and TV news cameras.