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Friends of the Congo to launch sixth annual Breaking the Silence Speakers Tour Feb. 5 in Salisbury, Maryland at Salisbury University

The Breaking the Silence Speakers Tour is an outgrowth of Congo Week. It serves as a follow-up to the week of activities and a continuation of the drive to build a global social justice movement in support of the Congo. The Speakers Tour is a multi-city tour that occurs throughout the United States, Canada and select countries around the world. ...

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South Sudan signs peace deal with rebel group | Al Jazeera English

The South Sudanese government has signed a peace agreement with a rebel group in Jonglei state, ending nearly three years of the rebellion that has left hundreds of people dead. The deal with the South Sudan Democratic Movement was agreed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where South Sudan signed a ceasefire with rebels who took up arms after soldiers ...

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Bringing Israeli Innovation to Africa | knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Sivan Borowich-Ya'ari

Sivan Borowich-Ya’ari was born in Israel, but her roots in Africa run deep. Her father was born in Algeria and her mother in Tunisia. Borowich-Ya’ari worked in Africa for a multinational clothing company and, later, for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), an experience that gave her first-hand exposure to the problems of the poor. In 2008, Borowich-Ya’ari set up ...

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Peace the Center of Great Lakes Conference in Angola | Prensa Latina News Agency

Peace is the focus of the 5th Ordinary Summit of the International Conference of Great Lakes Region (CIRGL), on its second day with the meeting of Defence ministers. In the first-day speeches and press conferences, most chiefs of Armed Forces and Intelligence Services favoured regional understanding. “The successful experience of Angola could help to develop stability in the Great Lakes ...

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US urges new C. Africa leaders to restore peace | GlobalPost

The United States Friday called for the Central African Republic to ensure the country’s new leadership works to restore peace and end a wave of sectarian violence. Speaking after President Michel Djotodia resigned, a State Department official said there should now be “a transparent, inclusive process” to select a new president. For more on this story, visit: US urges new ...

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China urges South Sudan ceasefire as peace talks stutter | Reuters

China, the biggest investor in South Sudan’s oil industry, called on Monday for an immediate ceasefire in the world’s newest state, as rebel and government negotiators haggled over the scope of peace talks meant to end three weeks of fighting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was deeply concerned by the unrest in South Sudan, which has killed more ...

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South Sudan rivals open ceasefire talks | Al Jazeera English

The SPLA is now the official army in South Sudan (Photo: Hannah McNeish/IRIN)

South Sudan’s warring parties are holding preliminary meetings before the official start of negotiations in a bid to end nearly three weeks of conflict, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry has said. Dina Mufti, a spokesman for the ministry, said on Friday that representatives of the government and rebel groups were meeting in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa. He said the meeting was ...

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UN’s Ban Ki-moon seeks to boost South Sudan force | BBC News

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to add 5,500 UN troops to the 7,000-strong force in South Sudan, amid escalating fighting there. His plea comes as new details emerge of alleged ethnic killings committed during more than a week of violence. Mr Ban warned that anyone responsible for abuse would be held to account. Tens of thousands ...

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