Author: Ben Mabande

Liberia remains a fragile state as Unemployment stinks nationwide

Poverty and unemployment in Liberia NEW YORK —There is a change in administration in Liberia. Former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned power over to newly elected President George M. Weah. With the election of Weah many Liberians expected improvement in the country, especially in the standard of living. More importantly, the need for employment was one of the central and key highpoints that Liberians and some in the international community expected the new government to address. Having a job for citizens and residents of a nation is vital. As Catherine Capozzi puts it: “The stability of the economy rests...

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U.S. and Algeria agree to increase security relations

U.S. General Thomas D. Waldhauser and Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel ALGIERS––The visiting Commander of the U.S. Command for Africa (Africom) General Thomas D. Waldhauser on Wednesday said the U.S. and Algeria are working as equal partners to promote security and stability. “We look forward to exploring future security cooperation activities with Algeria,” General Waldhauser told reporters after he met with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel. He said, “My visit to Algeria is a good opportunity to discuss directly with the Algerian senior officials our common defense and security concerns.” Foreign Minister Messahel said the talks were fruitful and...

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Morocco hosts military drills joined by 15 countries

Morocco military participate in a drill RABAT––Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR), together with armed forces from 15 countries, started military drills in southern Morocco, the army announced in a statement on Tuesday. The military exercises are part of the mission of the U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM, which organizes the African Lion military exercises in Morocco annually with the participation of partner countries. The 15th edition of African Lion exercise brings together military units and observers from Germany, Canada, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Tunisia, in addition to the U.S. and Morocco, according to...

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Suspected gunmen killed mayor in Burkina Faso

A mayor in northern Burkina Faso has been shot dead by “unidentified armed individuals OUAGADOUGOU–A mayor in northern Burkina Faso has been shot dead by “unidentified armed individuals” in a zone bordering Mali that has been repeatedly targeted by jihadists, according to military and security sources on Monday. The mayor of the Koutougou department in Soum province, Hamidou Koundaba, was “coldly killed” when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on him near his home on Sunday night, according to Malian security sources. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said on Twitter, “I strongly condemn the cowardly and despicable murder.” Burkina Faso is one...

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Plan to host U.S. troops will bolster regional peace: Ghana’s president

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo ACCRA, Ghana–– The president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday defended his government’s approval of an expanded military cooperation with the United States, arguing that it would enhance peace efforts in the West African sub-region. Akufo-Addo said the U.S.–Ghana deal, which was approved by parliament last month and allows for the deployment of U.S troops and their military equipment in Ghana, was in line with previous international pacts and did not constitute an offer to Washington to establish a military base. Globe Afrique’s sources in Africa say opposition lawmakers in the Ghanaian parliament boycotted the...

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