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U.N. officials see risk of genocide in Central African Republic | Reuters

Central African Republic is at risk of spiraling into genocide as armed groups incite Christians and Muslims against each other in the virtually lawless country, senior U.N. officials told the Security Council on Friday. The landlocked, mineral-rich nation of 4.6 million people has slipped into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in ...

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Carter Center Pursues Lasting Peace in the Sudans | Carter Center Blog

By The Carter Center The geographic lines dividing Sudan and South Sudan “are completely blurry, so we focus on the lines that connect us,” Professor Jok Madut Jok, undersecretary in South Sudan’s Ministry of Culture, said during a “Conversations at The Carter Center” on Oct. 15. Disputes over borders, an oil pipeline and access to resources persist in Sudan and ...

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In Pictures: Return to Abyei | Al Jazeera English

The Ngok Dinka tribe is holding a controversial referendum on whether their oil-rich Abyei area should join South Sudan. The quarrel over Abyei is one of the main unresolved disputes after the 2005 peace agreement between Sudan and South Sudan, which ended a bloody civil war and led to the independence of South Sudan. Both the Sudan and South Sudan ...

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Israel Cranks Up the PR Machine | The Nation

In the post-Oslo era, as the strategy that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle refers to as “peace without peace” captured the Israeli consensus, human rights activists ratcheted up grassroots efforts to challenge the occupation of Palestine and Israel’s prevailing structure of ethno-religious discrimination. Popularly known as BDS, the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israeli institutions involved ...

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UN presses for rapid peace deal in DR Congo | GlobalPost

The United Nations pressed Monday for progress in efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid signs that talks between the government and rebels were heading towards failure. UN special envoys overseeing the faltering peace negotiations in the Ugandan capital Kampala voiced concerns at the lack of a comprehensive deal that would lead to the demobilisation of ...

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Leaders preach peace, as Muslims defy rain to pray in Lagos | The Guardian of Nigeria

LEADERS have urged muslim faithful to observe peace as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el- Kabir. Thousands of Muslim faithful in Lagos State and its environs on Tuesday defied the early morning rainfall as they trooped out of their various homes to observe prayers in celebration of Eid-el- Kabir. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that both old and young thronged ...

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Promoting Peace though Village Committees | Voice of America

For more than 20 years, the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by war, ethnic violence and sexual assaults. More than two and a half million people are internally displaced, and hundreds of thousands of others have fled to neighboring countries. Despite that, efforts continue on the grassroots level to bring peace between local communities by ending disputes ...

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Diplomats try to rally Rwanda support for DR Congo peace | GlobalPost

A UN Security Council delegation urged Rwanda Monday to help put an end to the myriad of armed rebel groups operating in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The diplomatic mission to the country came days after Rwanda was slapped with US sanctions for allegedly backing ethnic-Tutsi Congolese rebels who recruit child soldiers. For more on this story, ...

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UN urges Tuareg rebels to resume Mali peace talks | GlobalPost

The UN’s envoy to Mali, Bert Koenders, on Friday urged Tuareg and Arab rebels to return to peace talks with the Bamako government, amid a resurgence of violence in the north of the country. The rebels, who are fighting for autonomy in northern Mali, announced in late September that they were pulling out of talks with the government. For more ...

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