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Gun shy? Britain blocks military hardware exports to Egypt | RT News

The British government has revoked five Egypt-bound export licenses out of fears that the equipment could be used against protesters. Violent clashes in Egypt following the army’s ouster of the country’s Islamist president have left dozens dead. The licenses include armored vehicles, like personnel carriers and fighting infantry vehicles, machine guns, tank communication equipment as well as vehicle-mounted radio stations ...

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UN peacekeeping chief says Ivory Coast on right path to recovery but threats to peace persist | montrealgazette.com

Ivory Coast is on the right path to recovery from the violent post-election crisis two years ago but threats to the country’s peace and security persist “and should not be underestimated,” the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Thursday. Herve Ladsous told the U.N. Security Council that President Alassane Ouattara “has demonstrated remarkable resolve to tackle the many challenges the country is ...

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On Egypt, The Truth Is The Greatest Victim – By H.A. Hellyer | The Middle East Channel

One could have written “in Egypt,” the truth is the greatest victim: but in truth, the level of misinformation with regards to coverage on Egypt, be it written in Egypt or abroad, is incredible. Over the last week, it has become clear that time-honored analysts on Egyptian affairs could spend their entire day simply issuing clarifications on misleading, or simply ...

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New head of UN peace-building efforts in Central African Republic arrives in country | U.N. News Centre

The new top envoy for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Central African Republic (CAR), General Babacar Gaye, arrived today in the troubled country’s capital, Bangui. Mr. Gaye, who is also head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the CAR, known as BINUCA said on his arrival that he was honored to be in Central Africa at a crucial moment ...

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In Search of Food and Peace in South Sudan | Blogcritics

When Gabriel Gai, a state minister for South Sudan, visited Uror county he was on a mission for peace. There were violence and cattle raiding in the area, things that have been ongoing throughout South Sudan’s Jonglei state for years. He asked the people to put down their weapons and not to fight. What did the community ask of him? They asked ...

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Mali army enters Kidal under peace deal ahead of polls | BBC News

Mali’s army has re-entered the rebel-held town of Kidal as part of efforts to improve security before the presidential election, officials say. Tuareg rebels captured Kidal after a French-led offensive forced militant Islamists out in February. But the rebels agreed in June to allow troops into the northern town as part of a peace deal. The occupation of Kidal had ...

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What was the real purpose of Barack Obama’s $100m visit to Africa? | Stop The War Coalition

Not all South Africans swallowed the White House spin on Barack Obama's visit to Africa in June 2013.

There is little room for optimism that Obama will transform America’s militaristic Africa agenda into one that promotes peace and development in accordance with what Africans want. … Today the so-called War on Terror has emerged as the new paradigm for Washington’s policy toward Africa. Framed as ungoverned territory ripe for Islamic extremism, wide swaths of the African continent are ...

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The unreported war in the Congo killing millions with the aid of the United States | Stop The War Coalition

So how do you get away with arming a rebel force that attacks UN peacekeepers, rapes women and recruits children? You need powerful friends. Imagine that millions have been killed and continue to die, hundreds of thousands of women have been systematically raped and are still being brutalized, corporate plundering reigns, the 2nd largest rainforest in the world, being destroyed ...

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Horace Campbell: Obama Takes ‘Imperial Tour’ of Africa as World Honors Ailing Mandela | Democracy Now!

President Obama’s three-nation tour of Africa moves from Senegal to South Africa today before wrapping up in Tanzania. Obama’s stated goals are to raise investment opportunities for U.S. businesses, address development issues such as food security, and promote democracy. His visit to South Africa comes at a time of tremendous uncertainty as former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition ...

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African leaders determined to end hunger by 2025 | guardian.co.uk

African leaders pledged on Monday to reprioritise agriculture in their national policies and increase state spending to end hunger across the continent by 2025. At the conclusion of a meeting at the African Union in Addis Ababa, ministers agreed to take a more holistic approach to tackling hunger. They committed to working with the private sector, farmers’ groups, civil society ...

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