Treasury travels to Congo: Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin travels to the Republic of the Congo today for discussions with senior government officials about “key economic and structural challenges in the fourth largest oil-producing country in Africa.” The deputy secretary will discuss “the importance of sound resource revenue management, strong economic governance, transparent and accountable institutions and economic diversification,” Treasury said.
In other news:
A U.S. embassy delegation and CIA operatives setting up a counterterrorism force in Libya visited Benghazi last week to meet and recruit fighters directly from a powerful umbrella organization of militias known as the Libyan Shield, sidestepping the country's fledgling armed services, The Washington Post reports.
Iraqi officials said they might soon free a Lebanese Hezbollah operative, Ali Musa Daqduq, who has been accused of helping to kill American troops in Iraq. [The New York Times]
The West African regional bloc ECOWAS agreed Sunday to commit 3,300 troops to help recapture northern Mali under a U.S.-backed United Nations operation that could be approved by the end of the month. [Reuters]
The Portuguese are escaping to Portugal's former colony of Mozambique to escape the euro crisis. [The Washington Post]
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