Senate confirms new leaders of SOCOM and AFRICOM, including Marine Corps’ first Black four-star general
The Senate has confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton to lead Special Operations Command and Lt. Gen. Michael Langley to lead U.S. military forces in Africa as the first Black four-star general in Marine Corps history.
Somalia names former al-Shabab deputy a government minister
A former deputy leader of the al-Shabab extremist group has been named a government minister by Somalia's new administration in what some call a chance to persuade fighters to denounce violence.
Police disperse anti-UN protesters in Congo amid tensions
Police dispersed about 100 demonstrators in Congo’s eastern town of Beni on Monday, a day after U.N. peacekeepers returning to duty killed three people and wounded more than a dozen at the border with Uganda.
UN peacekeepers kill 2, wound 15 at border post in Congo
Tensions between the population in restive eastern Congo and the U.N. peacekeeping force have risen dramatically in the past week, with nearly 20 killed in protests calling for the force to leave the region.
UN relaxes arms embargo on Central African Republic
The U.N. Security Council voted Friday to relax the arms embargo against the Central African Republic, a disappointment to its government, which sought a complete lifting of the ban on the sale or transfer of weapons and ammunition.
Blinken off to Asia, Africa as Russia, China tensions rise
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed to Asia and Africa, the State Department said Friday, as the U.S. and rivals China and Russia intensify their battle for global influence amid deepening divisions over Taiwan and Russia's war in Ukraine.
Ethiopia says ready for talks with Tigray forces 'anytime'
A senior Ethiopian official says the government is ready for talks with rival forces from the country's northern Tigray region "anytime, anywhere" and without preconditions, in a notable break from the past.
'New Cold War': Russia and West vie for influence in Africa
Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War.
France pledges more security, education support to Benin
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged security cooperation and support to Benin as it fights rising threats of extremism, as well as investments in education and a cultural center for the West African nation.
Security threats in Africa call for new approach, outgoing AFRICOM leader says
The U.S. needs a revised approach to security in western Africa, as militant groups make inroads and Russian-backed mercenaries proliferate, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Stephen Townsend said.
Generals nominated to lead Special Operations and Africa commands promised quick confirmations by Senate panel
Army Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael Langley told senators Thursday that they are prepared to counter terrorism threats and Chinese and Russian influence and prioritize troop well-being if confirmed to lead Special Operations Command and Africa Command respectively.
Mali's government asking UN mission spokesman to leave
Mali's government has given the UN mission in Mali spokesman 72 hours to leave the country following a standoff between the West African country and Ivory Coast over the detention of 49 soldiers who came to Mali to support a security group.
Plane crash in Somalia turns US troops providing medical training into on-scene caregivers
A trio of American soldiers teamed up with Somali counterparts they were training to become first responders at a fiery plane crash at the airport in the country’s capital.
‘I get chills thinking about it’: After 246 years, Marines set for their first Black four-star general
If confirmed, Michael E. Langley would be based in Stuttgart, assuming control of roughly 6,000 U.S. troops in Africa, including about 1,300 in West Africa and about 3,500 at a base in Djibouti, a spokeswoman said.
An attack on a military base in Somalia shows al-Shabab’s deadly power
The success of the May attack underscores the resurgence of al-Shabab and the challenges that African and American troops will face in containing the group.
US Army’s Africa-focused task force hands reins to new boss with strong French ties
Maj. Gen. Todd Wasmund took command Thursday of the Vicenza, Italy-based task force in charge of the Army’s efforts in Africa.
Mohammad Barkindo, OPEC secretary-general, dies at 63
OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo, an oil industry veteran who steered the group through the creation of the OPEC+ alliance, has died in his native Nigeria. He was 63.
West African bloc eases sanctions on Mali over democracy plan
Presidents of West Africa’s regional bloc agreed Sunday to lift economic and financial sanctions on Mali after the nation’s military leaders agreed to a return to democracy by 2024.
War’s no excuse for Kenya food crisis, says presidential hopeful
Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto dismissed comments by his boss that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is partly to blame for higher living costs, vowing to boost farming if he wins the presidency in August.