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M23 rebels return to peace talks as Congo government lays charges against rebels at talks | The AP via The Washington Post

KAMPALA, Uganda — Peace talks with rebels in eastern Congo should end with the disbandment of the M23 rebel movement, Congo’s foreign minister said Tuesday, declaring it a criminally-minded organization that has caused suffering in the country. Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda delivered his indictment of M23 on Tuesday after representatives of the group did not show up to a meeting ...

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Under Siege: Indiscriminate Bombing and Abuses in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States | ReliefWeb

AU, UN Should Seek Human Rights Investigation (Nairobi, December 12, 2012) – The Sudanese government’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states has killed and injured scores of civilians since the conflict began more than a year ago, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Government forces have raided villages, burned and looted ...

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France urges foreign military intervention in Mali after PM arrest | RT

France has urged rapid foreign military intervention in Mali after the country’s prime minister was arrested. Mali’s Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra resigned early Tuesday. For more on this story, visit: France urges foreign military intervention in Mali after PM arrest — RT. ALSO: BAMAKO, Mali – Soldiers arrested Mali’s prime minister at his residence late Monday night, in new ...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Congo’s Peace Process – By John Prendergast | Foreign Policy

Only in the Alice in Wonderland world of war-torn eastern Congo would the withdrawal of M23 rebels from Congo’s eastern provincial capital of Goma be cause for major celebration. The truth is that the retreat is just the latest chapter in a long story involving competing mafia-like political and military alliances controlled by leaders in the capitals of Congo, Rwanda, ...

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Exit strategies out of Goma | Pambazuka

With the on-going conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the emergence of Rwanda’s proxy, M23, Theogene Rudasingwa puts forward five exit strategies to facilitate a long-term solution to problems in the region The international community (read: western powers) have put pressure on Kagame to have his creation and proxy, M23, withdraw from Goma. President Kabila is being pressurized ...

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Clashes erupt near Egypt’s presidential palace as Morsi returns | RT

Protestors are clashing with police in front of Egypt’s presidential palace in Cairo, Al-Arabiya reported. Earlier, the Muslim Brotherhood called for a rally backing President Mohamed Morsi outside his palace, as leftists planned a counter-protest. The demonstrators are hurling stones at the palace, Al-Arabiya wrote on Twitter. For more on this story, visit: Clashes erupt near Egypt’s presidential palace as ...

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UPDATE 1-Congo M23 rebels quit Goma in boost for peace hopes | Reuters

By Ed Stoddard and Kenny Katombe GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Rebel fighters, singing and brandishing weapons, pulled out of Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern border city of Goma on Saturday, raising hopes regional peace efforts could advance negotiations to end the insurgency. The rebel withdrawal from Goma on Lake Kivu, a strategic hub in the ...

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On anniversary of peace pact, UN official urges Yemenis to continue with transition | United Nations News Centre

23 November 2012 – Marking the first anniversary of the signing of Yemen’s peace agreement, a senior United Nations official today called on the country’s leaders to address pending issues that will enable the launch of the national dialogue – a key element of the democratic transition. “The national dialogue, driven by Yemenis themselves, will be crucial to secure the ...

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Video: Congolese women march for peace | Telegraph

Hundreds of women march to the United Nations’ Congo headquarters in Kinshasa to condemn the violence of M23 rebels. Hundreds of women marched on Friday to the headquarters of the United Nations mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Kinshasa, to protest against the armed uprising of M23 rebels. Rebels have invaded the eastern region of the country, taking ...

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