Niger: Colonel Abdoulaye Bague, deputy leader of Niger’s military junta, was arrested Wednesday. In other Niger news, “The strain of [a recent] kidnapping [of five French nationals by AQIM] and the deployment of French troops [to Niger] has caused some tension between Niger’s military government, France, and the French energy firm Areva.”
Meanwhile, the G-8 Counter Terrorism Action Group met in Bamako, Mali this week to discuss AQIM.
Sudan: The UN plans to boost troop levels in border regions between North and South Sudan. Meanwhile, “Northern Sudanese officials have called for the postponement of a referendum on the future of Sudan’s oil-producing Abyei region, but southern leaders have swiftly rejected the idea.”
Nigeria: 234 Next writes on the evolution of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
Senegal: 163 Haitian students arrive as President Abdoulaye Wade begins to make good on his offer of help for Haiti.
Somalia: A battle over Adado, a formerly peaceful town in central Somalia, puts Muslim militias allied to the Transitional Federal Government at each other’s throats and threatens to undermine US strategy in Somalia.
IRIN reports from a summit in Addis Ababa on rural Africa and climate change.
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