Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore has pledged “total war” against rebels in the northern party of the country.
It looks as though there has been a coup in Guinea-Bissau.
Newly elected Senegalese President Macky Sall makes his first overseas trip – to Gambia and France.
South Sudanese troops continue to hold the Heglig oil field inside (north) Sudan, but they stated yesterday that they would withdraw if Sudan agrees that a neutral force can take charge of the area. All Africa now has a section of its site entitled, “Are the Two Sudans Heading for War?”
The dream of building an oil pipeline from South Sudan to Kenya moves into a new phase.
In Nigeria, a new video from Boko Haram threatens President Goodluck Jonathan. The opposition Action Congress of Nigeria party – which is strongest in the Southwest and in the Middle Belt – has urged the government to renew efforts at dialogue with the rebel group.
In other Nigeria news, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has claimed an attack on an ENI pipeline.
Mauritania increases troop levels on its border with Mali.
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