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Egyptian protests hurt small businesses | Marketplace.org

Many governments around the world are warning travelers to avoid vacationing in Egypt due to the violent clashes continuing between protesters and police. And most recently, the Egyptian military has announced that it will give President Mohamed Morsi a limited period of time to sort out the crisis and meet the people’s demands. Many are predicting the unrest to continue. ...

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Africa can follow Brazil’s lead in battle to eradicate hunger, says Lula | guardian.co.uk

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Subsistence agriculture must be abolished if African countries want to eradicate hunger by 2025, the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, told a meeting in Addis Ababa on Sunday. In a rousing speech to open a conference of African ministers and international leaders, Lula said Africa could end hunger if there was enough political will to embed ...

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UN gives go-ahead to deployment of Mali peacekeepers | BBC News

The United Nations Security Council has agreed that a UN peacekeeping force of 12,600 troops should be deployed in Mali from 1 July. Britain’s ambassador to the UN said there was “unanimous agreement” for UN peacekeepers to take over from the African-led operation imminently. The UN will stick to a schedule drawn up in April. International forces intervened in February ...

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The US ignores Africa at its own peril – Opinion | The Boston Globe

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S first major trip to sub-Saharan Africa on Wednesday is expected to cost from $60 million to $100 million, prompting many calls for the president to cancel his trip. Yet, such opposition is shortsighted: Now, more than ever, the United States cannot afford to ignore Africa. Geopolitically, Africa is an emerging force to be reckoned with. Economically, it hosts ...

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US Welcomes Mali Peace Deal | RTT News

The peace pact signed on Tuesday in Ouagadougou, capital of neighboring Burkino Faso, was the result of ten days of intense negotiations. It provides for an immediate ceasefire and paves the way for countrywide presidential elections next month. Under the deal, the rebels agreed to give up their fight for independence of the Azawad region in the country’s north, and ...

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Opinion: A move toward peace in Congo | Robin Wright and JD Stier, POLITICO.com

Secretary of State John Kerry sent a powerful signal Tuesday to the people of war-torn eastern Congo by appointing former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) as the new U.S. special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region. Feingold’s appointment signals strong leadership from the Obama administration in supporting the peace process for Congo and the larger Great Lakes region. Grassroots women activists ...

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Kenya: Aid Focus Shifts Away From Peace Efforts | allAfrica

Commentators say it is too early to stop funding work to build lasting peace at community level. As international funding for peace and reconciliation efforts in Kenya’s Rift Valley dwindles, commentators say the work is far from done. Just a few weeks after the Kenyan general election, some donors have shifted their funding to new areas like governance and a ...

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Hollande wins Unesco peace prize for Mali intervention | BBC News

France’s president has received a major prize from the United Nations’ cultural organisation for his decision to send troops to Mali in January. Francois Hollande was awarded the annual Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize by Unesco at a ceremony in Paris. The president of the jury praised Mr Hollande for the “solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa”. The ...

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Zimbabwe launches overdue plan to assist drought-hit farmers | trust.org

Zimbabwe’s government, hit by worsening food insecurity, is moving to adopt more hands-on assistance to farmers, particularly those on small rain-fed plots of land. Last month, President Robert Mugabe launched the country’s first Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which aims to address climate change and other environmental problems that have vexed farmers. EXPORTER TURNED IMPORTER The launch comes as the ...

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