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Rendition: Straw in the wind | Editorial, The Guardian

Power has always corrupted, and the British state is not and never has been immune. On Wednesday, the Guardian revealed how the man from Whitehall put the shredder to energetic use to conceal colonial crimes in the 50s. Allegations of British voices popping up to question abused suspects in far-flung places continue under this government and up until this day; ...

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Jack Straw faces legal action over Libya rendition claims | guardian.co.uk

A former Libyan dissident who was abducted and flown to one of Muammar Gaddafi’s prisons in a so-called rendition operation mounted with the help of MI6 has started legal proceedings against Jack Straw, who was British foreign secretary at the time. Lawyers representing Abdel Hakim Belhaj confirmed on Wednesday they had served papers on Straw alleging his complicity in the ...

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Egyptian presidential hopefuls barred from race | guardian.co.uk

Egypt’s election commission disqualified 10 presidential hopefuls, including the country’s ex-spy chief and key Islamists, from running in a surprise decision that threatened to upend the already tumultuous race. Farouk Sultan, the head of the election commission, said that those barred from the race included Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman, Muslim Brotherhood chief strategist Khairat el-Shater and hardline ...

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SUDAN-SOUTH SUDAN: A whiff of war | IRIN Africa

Sudan and South Sudan appeared to edge closer to war this week amid an escalating confrontation over the oil-rich borderland region of Heglig. Sudan's parliament approved the mobilization of the armed forces and suspended negotiations with South Sudan after its newly independent neighbour moved its forces into Heglig.

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New Mali leader Dioncounda Traore warns rebels of war | BBC News

Mali’s new leader, Dioncounda Traore, has threatened a “total war” against separatist rebels in the north. Mr Traore’s inauguration marks a return to civilian rule following last month’s coup in the West African state. Mr Traore now has 40 days to organise elections – though correspondents say this deadline is unlikely to be met because of the situation in the ...

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Guinea-Bissau military attack parts of capital | BBC News

Soldiers have taken control of much of the capital of the Guinea-Bissau in what appears to be a coup attempt. Heavy gunfire was heard in the city of Bissau and at the residence of outgoing Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior. Troops also took control of the national radio station and ruling party’s headquarters. For more on this story, visit: BBC ...

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Uganda: UN Mounts Pressure On LRA Rebels | allAfrica.com

The United Nations has intensified military patrols in the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in a bid to arrest leader Joseph Kony and his indicted commanders. The U.N., through its peacekeeping missions in the region is working with the African Union (AU), UPDF, the armies of DRC, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan and several other agencies ...

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Fears grow of widening Sudan war | BBC News

A second day of fighting between Sudan and South Sudan in their disputed border regions has prompted international concern that the conflict might develop into outright war. The African Union says it is deeply alarmed by the clashes over oilfields, and called on both sides to exercise the utmost restraint. Sudan has pulled out of negotiations with South Sudan. For ...

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Sudan-South border fighting rages on | Daily Times

BENTIU: Fierce fighting raged on Wednesday as Sudanese warplanes bombed contested regions on the border with South Sudan, the second day of violence in the oil-rich region. South Sudanese troops held positions in the disputed Heglig oil field, seized on Tuesday from Khartoum’s troops, said Mac Paul, deputy director of South Sudan’s military intelligence. For more on this story, visit: ...

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MALI: People trapped, aid stalled, refugees waiting | IRIN Africa

BAMAKO, 11 April 2012 (IRIN) – One week after the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu in northern Mali were captured by rebel and Islamist groups, many Malians are trapped and have limited access to food and other basic necessities, while aid operations remain largely suspended. “Everything is running out here – water, electricity, food, medicine. The rebels have continued ...

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Malawi’s new president sacks police chief | guardian.co.uk

Joyce Banda is southern Africa’s first female head of state and only the second on the continent in modern times Malawi’s new president has wasted no time in sacking the country’s police chief in a move described by observers as the start of a “cleanup” of the old guard. Human rights groups welcomed the decision by Joyce Banda, who succeeded ...

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