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This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to East and Central Africa; the U.S. army foreshadowed more activities in West Africa; and the U.S. Congress grappled with the crisis in the Central African Republic. Read about these and other news stories below. 

Two major and several smaller U.S. military trainings are ongoing in Africa, while the United States condemned human rights abuses by security forces in Sudan and Burundi. Read about this and other security related news in Africa in the past week:


Politico Magazine ran a feature, America’s 25 Most Awkward Allies, in which it highlights how the Obama Administration works with repressive regimes across the world in order to advance United States’ national interests, often because of U.S. counterterrorism priorities. Several African governments made the list:

This week, the U.S. government praised its growing security presence on the continent, while South Sudan and Central African Republic continued to experience fighting. Below is our round up of security developments on the continent: 

On January 16, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the FY2014 Omnibus appropriations bill, also referred to as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.  This marks the first budget passed since December 2011 (FY2012) and appropriates approximately $1.1 trillion in federal discretionary spending. By passing the bill, Congress has funded most of the federal government’s activities through September 30, 2014.

The Omnibus includes funding for the State Department and Foreign...


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