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Libya’s Liberals Call For Secularism | AFP via The Manila Bulletin

TRIPOLI, (AFP) – A top member of Libya’s liberal coalition, which claims to have swept 70 percent of seats reserved for parties in the next congress, on Wednesday rejected political Islam and called for a civil state. ”The National Forces Alliance is against the injection of religion into political battles,” Faisal Krekshi, secretary general of the National Forces Alliance, told ...

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South Sudan: Thousands ‘Choose Peace’ On Anniversary of South Sudanese Independence | allAfrica.com

Warring parties urged to pull back from the brink as UN resolution deadline looms. Citizens from South Sudan and Sudan have today been joined by human rights activists, civil society organisations and faith leaders from around the world in a united call for peace within and between the two countries. The global campaign – We Choose Peace – is backed ...

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Egyptian president orders parliament to reconvene | guardian.co.uk

Mohamed Morsi’s decree defies military’s dissolution of Islamist-dominated parliament on 16 June Associated Press in Cairo Egypt’s newly elected president has ordered the country’s Islamist-dominated parliament to reconvene in defiance of a military decree dissolving the legislature last month, the state news agency reported. The surprise move by Mohammed Morsi will almost certainly lead to a clash with the powerful ...

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Mali braced for military intervention amid fears it could become ‘next Somalia’ | guardian.co.uk

Up to 5,000 troops from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) could be deployed in the coming days to combat Islamic extremists linked to the terrorist group Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim). Fighting between Islamist factions and government troops has threatened to plunge Mali into chaos and undermine the security of the entire West African subregion. via ...

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Pre-election protests hit Libyan crude output | Reuters, FP

(Reuters) – Libyan oil output has been reduced by around 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) as protests by groups demanding greater autonomy for eastern Libya a day before national elections have blocked operations at some oil terminals, officials said on Friday. Saturday’s election for the assembly, which will name a new prime minister, help draft a constitution and enact legislation ...

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From Sudan, a New Wave of Lost Boys | NYTimes.com

YIDA, South Sudan — Thousands of unaccompanied children are streaming out of an isolated, rebellious region of Sudan, fleeing a relentless aerial assault and the prospect of famine. Sent by their parents on harrowing odysseys across battlefields and malaria-infested swamps, the children are repeating one of the most sordid chapters of Sudanese history: the perilous flight of the so-called Lost ...

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