East African mediators want armed units from the region to protect cease-fire monitors and oil fields in South Sudan, said Seyoum Mesfin, chief envoy from the seven-nation Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
The U.S. is collecting greater intelligence on militant networks and their movements in Africa compared with a year ago, using both surveillance satellites and drones as well as spies, Army General David Rodriguez, head of the U.S. Africa Command said.
Djibouti plans to spend $19.6 million over the next two years exploring for geothermal-power sources as the Horn of Africa nation seeks to address an electricity shortage, Energy Minister Ahmed Fouad Ay said.
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., the world’s third-biggest gold producer, and its partner Stratex International Plc are expected to begin drilling for the metal in Djibouti in September, an Energy Ministry official said.
The U.S. and the United Nations are preparing to make more peacekeeping troops available for the growing conflict in South Sudan, as President Salva Kiir opened the door to talks with his deposed vice president.