Biden approves redeployment of under 500 ground troops to Somalia

WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of fewer than 500 American troops into Somalia, U.S. officials said on Monday, after Donald Trump ordered their withdrawal during his presidency. Prior to Trump’s withdrawal, the United States had about 700 troops in Somalia focused on helping local forces defeat the al Qaeda-linked…

Nigeria’s accountant general faces corruption charges after arrest

ABUJA, May 16 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s economic crimes agency said on Monday night it had arrested the country’s accountant general over charges of diverting public funds and money laundering to the tune of 80 billion naira ($193 million). Africa’s biggest economy and energy producer, Nigeria has struggled for decades with endemic corruption among senior public servants and…

Clashes rock Tripoli as rival Libyan government enters capital

Clashes erupted in Libya’s capital on Tuesday as the parliament-appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, tried to take control of government from a rival administration that has refused to cede power. Bashagha entered Tripoli overnight after two months of stalemate between Libya‘s rival administrations, but withdrew hours later as fighting rocked the capital, his office said. The crisis risks plunging Libya…