Violence in Central African Republic risks escalating into a religious conflict amid an increasing number of clashes between Christian and Muslim militias, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said.
Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia resigned after failing to stop inter-religious clashes that have killed more than 1,000 people and forced almost a quarter of the population to flee their homes.
Syrian rebel fighters retreated from the city of Homs as government troops overran the center of anti-regime resistance after almost a month of artillery bombardment, according to reports by the Washington Post.
Sixty-three suspected al-Qaeda militants escaped from a jail in Yemen, highlighting its growing insecurity as the U.S. pushed for political transition in a country that borders the world’s top crude oil exporter.
The U.S. announced plans to evacuate its citizens from Libya after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their safety was the “highest priority” during a violent crackdown on protesters in the country, which holds Africa’s largest oil reserves.
President Barack Obama has nominated Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones to replace Jeffrey Feltman as the State Department’s acting Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today.