Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s strongest warlord, makes a push for Tripoli

THIS WAS supposed to be a rare moment of cautious optimism in Libya. On April 4th António Guterres, the UN’s secretary-general, arrived in Tripoli, the capital, to prepare for a peace conference which, he hoped, would lead to long-delayed elections later this year.

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Libya: International Calls for Calm

[RFI] G7 foreign ministers meeting in Dinard, in France on Friday urged an immediate halt to “all military activity and movements toward Tripoli” adding that civilians were in danger. They echoed the United Nations Security Council in New York which had held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

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Algeria’s ailing 82-year old president wants a fifth term

ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA started his campaign for a fifth term as Algeria’s president by promising not to finish it. The ailing ruler, who turned 82 this month, is not even in the country. An associate filed the papers for his candidacy while Mr Bouteflika lay in a hospital bed in Geneva

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Africa: How Foreign Backing Is Keeping Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir in Power

[The Conversation Africa] Day after day Sudanese are taking to the streets to protest against the rule of Omar al-Bashir. The president, who himself seized power in 1989 when he led a coup, is facing the most serious challenge in his three decades in power.

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