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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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Rwanda fuelling DR Congo rebellion – UN report (video) | BBC News

The United Nations says it has evidence that a rebellion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is being fuelled by recruits and support from neighbouring Rwanda. The BBC has seen an internal UN report which accuses Rwanda of complicity in supplying weapons and soldiers to the rebels in DR Congo. The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports from eastern DR Congo. ...

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KENYA: Vanishing fish income forces livelihood switch | IRIN Africa

An estimated 65,000 people have already lost some income due to reduced earnings from fishing, and another 100,000 could be affected in the next two years, according to Nyanza’s provincial planning office. The Ministry of Fisheries Development says the fisheries sector supports about 80,000 people directly and about 800,000 indirectly. An estimated 60 percent of households in western Kenya rely ...

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After Gaddafi, Libya splits into disparate militia zones | The Observer

The rebel strongholds of Benghazi, Misrata and Zintan have become increasingly independent of Tripoli’s new regime by Chris Stephen National flags from around the world flutter in the bright sunshine by a city gate made of shipping containers painted in the Libyan national colours. A uniformed militiaman examines my passport, then waves me through with a smile. Welcome to the ...

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Tahrir Square protests resume over Mubarak and presidential election | guardian.co.uk

Thousands march on Tahrir to demand retrial for Mubarak and removal of Ahmed Shafik from the presidential runoff by Abdel-Rahman Hussein in Cairo Thousands of protesters descended on Tahrir Square on Tuesday as the schism threatening to tear Egyptian politics apart continued ahead of the presidential election runoff later this month. Several marches set off throughout the capital to join ...

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Sacrificing Mubarak to Save His Regime | Counterpunch

The Charade is Over by ESAM AL-AMIN When deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons were indicted in April 2011, legal observers cynically noted that the charges were not only politically motivated in order to quiet the massive demonstrations demanding their trial, but also that they were so weak that the trial might have been designed to end in ...

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