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To Build Lasting Peace in Mali | NYTimes.com

LONDON — Clashes between Islamic fighters and French troops in the Malian city of Gao may suggest that, after a swift campaign to liberate the north, France could be in Mali for the long haul. “From the moment France committed itself, it became responsible for what happens in that country,” Vincent Desportes, a retired French general and military theorist told ...

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South Sudan bishop wins UN peace prize | Global Post

A bishop from South Sudan was Thursday named winner of a UN peace prize in recognition of his efforts to build trust among warring communities in the conflict-torn region. Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban won the 2013 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for his work at the Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron, in the east of South Sudan. For more ...

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UN peacekeeping mission in Mali increasingly possible, says top official | United Nations News Centre

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

6 February 2013 – The head of United Nations peacekeeping today highlighted the role being played by “blue helmets” in a variety of hotspots worldwide, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, and told journalists that a UN mission in Mali looks increasingly likely. “All indications are that this is the way this is heading, and we ...

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo | The Guardian

Associated Press, CAIRO — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the crisis in Syria with his Egyptian counterpart Tuesday in the first visit by an Iranian leader to Cairo in more than three decades, marking a historic departure from years of frigid ties between the regional heavyweights. For more on this story, visit: Iran’s Ahmadinejad on historic visit to Cairo | World ...

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Can the Egyptian army keep the peace? | Salon.com

CAIRO, Egypt — A warning from Egypt’s defense minister this week that the Egyptian state was near collapse raised a lot of eyebrows. Were the country’s secretive generals readying for another coup? With their economic and political interests now safeguarded under the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government, however, the army may prefer to steer the current political crisis from the sidelines, analysts ...

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DRC rebels say peace deal possible by March | Al Jazeera English

Congolese rebels have said they expect to sign a peace deal with the government by the end of February that would end their ten-month revolt. The M23 rebels have carved out a fiefdom in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province that has dragged Congo’s eastern region back into war and displaced an estimated 500,000 people. Bertrand Bisimwa, a spokesperson for the ...

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As peace returns to Somali town, UN food relief agency resumes assistance | U.N. News Centre

29 January 2013 – More than four years after conflict and pervasive insecurity forced it to shutter its operations in southern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to the region’s port city of Kismayo, the agency announced today. With relative peace returning to the Horn of Africa nation, WFP managed to conduct an assessment ...

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After Two Weeks of Fighting, MSF Continues to Work in Nothern Mali | Doctors Without Borders

Two weeks after military operations began in northern Mali, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to work in the regions of Mopti, Gao, and Timbuktu. In addition, on the morning of January 24, a small MSF medical team managed to reach Konna, a town located 70 kilometers north of Mopti, in the pivotal area between Mali’s northern and southern ...

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Dispute over military command holds up Congo peace deal | Reuters

(Reuters) – African leaders failed on Monday to sign a U.N.-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in eastern Congo, said a senior Congolese diplomat, who pointed to concerns over who would command a new regional military force. For more on this story, visit: Dispute over military command holds up Congo peace deal | Reuters.

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33 Groups Oppose Use of Military Force in Africa | FCNL

January 17, 2013 Dear President Obama: We write to express our alarm at recent reports that your administration may request a new Authorization for Use of Military Force in certain African countries. While we understand that the U.S. maintains deep concern regarding militant extremism in Africa, we – as a diverse group of faith-based, human rights and other organizations – ...

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Green Party of the US opposes military intervention in Mali, urges withdrawal of AFRICOM | gp.org

The Mali rebellion is blowback from the U.S./NATO ouster of Gaddafi from Libya; efforts to gain control of African resources (oil, uranium, etc.) and competition with China are driving miltiary policies disguised as ‘War on Terrorism’, say Greens. WASHINGTON, DC — The Obama Administration is pursuing policies in Africa that threaten regional stability and innocent populations, including military intervention in ...

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