EU weighs military training mission for Mozambique

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is urging member countries to contribute to a military training mission in Mozambique that could be launched in coming months. The aim is to help the government take control of northern regions held by extremist rebels. The U.N. World Food Program says over 950,000 people are in urgent need of food aid. After chairing talks Thursday between EU defense ministers, Borrell said Mozambique has requested help and that the bloc must respond “with a certain sense of urgency.” The non-combat mission would be similar to the one the EU launched in Mali in 2013 to help train the army and rebuild the country’s defense institutions in the wake of a military coup.