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AFRICA: Donor fatigue forces WFP to cut refugee rations | IRIN Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 19 June 2012 (IRIN) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has halved food rations to refugees living in camps in at least four African countries citing a funding shortfall. The cuts have already affected 16,000 refugees in Malawi’s Dzaleka camp who have been on half rations since March, while a further 120,000 refugees in Uganda began receiving half ...

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Muslim Brotherhood warns Egypt’s generals | guardian.co.uk

Islamic group claims victory in elections and threatens to flood streets if military continues to ‘rebuild old regime’ by Jack Shenker and Abdel-Rahman Hussein in Cairo The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to face down Egypt’s ruling generals in a “life or death” struggle over the country’s political future, after declaring that its candidate had won the presidential election and would ...

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Egypt’s generals act to negate outcome of presidential poll | guardian.co.uk

Constitutional declaration cements power of military as Brotherhood claims win in bitterly fought election by Jack Shenker in Cairo Egypt’s generals awarded themselves sweeping political powers in an 11th-hour constitutional declaration that tied the hands of the country’s incoming president and cemented military authority over the post-Mubarak era. The announcement on Sunday night came as early presidential election results put ...

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The True Face of Egypt’s Military | Counterpunch

Revolution 2.0 by ESAM AL-AMIN The masks dropped. The cards are shown. For over a year, Egyptians have wondered who was leading the efforts to frustrate and obliterate their nascent revolution, or what was dubbed in the local media as the “third party” or the “hidden bandit.” But the mystery is no more. It was none other than the Supreme ...

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Egyptians Stage March Protesting ‘Soft Military Coup’ | Voice of America

by Stephanie Figgins A small but passionate crowd of around 2,000 Egyptians marched Friday to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to express dissatisfaction with the two court rulings issued the day before dissolving the recently elected parliament and declaring Mubarak era official Ahmed Shafiq’s presidential bid constitutional. The court’s decisions cleared the way for the ruling military council to take over the ...

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Peaceful interlude in Mogadishu raises hopes of end to Somalia violence | The Guardian

Freedom slowly returns to capital after Amisom troops beat back Islamist fighters by Clar Ni Chonghaile in Mogadishu If there is a single image that encapsulates Somalia’s violent past, its wary present and its uncertain future, it may be the view from the gutted shell of the once-stately Uruba Hotel. From the second floor, where fist-sized rocks cover the floor ...

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Crisis deepens over legal team detained in Libya | guardian.co.uk

The Libyan leadership said on Wednesday night it was powerless to release four officials from the international criminal court detained last week while visiting Muammar Gaddafi’s imprisoned son, Saif al-Islam. The National Transitional Council (NTC), which led the dictator’s overthrow last year, insisted it could not influence the investigation into allegations that some of the delegation were carrying coded documents ...

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U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa | The Washington Post

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project. At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft ...

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