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Egyptian uprising created new reality, says former vice-president | guardian.co.uk

Hosni Mubarak’s former vice-president and spy chief has said he will not attempt to “reinvent” his mentor’s regime if he is elected president of Egypt. Omar Suleiman, who is running in the elections due on 23-24 May, told the state-owned Al-Akhbar newspaper that restoring security would be his top priority as president. Next on his list would be the faltering ...

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DRC: Thorny issue of reparations for Lubanga’s victims | IRIN Africa

LONDON, 10 April 2012 (IRIN) – Motorcycles, school fees, counselling, cash: Thomas Lubanga’s `kadogo’ (child soldiers) know what reparations they want from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Less clear is what a cash-strapped tribunal can offer damaged children taken from their families and forced to fight in a brutal ethnic conflict in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). For more ...

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Mali junta quits as regional troops prepare to target Tuareg rebels | The Observer

Mali’s military junta has agreed to step down from power in a deal with other west African states as the region’s troops prepare for military action to counter insurgents in the north of the country. Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo – the junior officer who toppled Mali’s civilian government on 21 March – made the announcement yesterday amid an escalating security ...

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Mali’s president resigns after coup | guardian.co.uk

The president of Mali, Amadou Toumani Touré, resigned on Sunday, and the soldiers who ousted him in a coup promised to hand power to the president of the National Assembly. Neighbouring states meeting to discuss turmoil in the north of the country, one of the main reasons for the military’s deposal of Touré, differed over whether to crush the northern ...

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‘We don’t know of any Kony video’: villagers tell of reality of violent attacks: Kony 2012 sequel released | The Guardian

“I don’t want to go back home, I’m too scared,” says Brigitte Seleigi, who fled her village after it was attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army on 10 March, one of a rising number of violent acts by the guerrilla rebel group that has led to displacement of the local population and a growing humanitarian crisis. Seleigi is in Dungu, ...

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Amnesty warns Mali is ‘on brink of major disaster’ | BBC News

Mali is on the brink of a major humanitarian disaster following a coup and rebellion in the north, Amnesty International says. The human rights group says aid agencies must be allowed immediate access to the country, to prevent more civilians dying. Some fighters in the north have said they have stopped military operations. But Amnesty says all food supplies and ...

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Hand over Gaddafi son, international criminal court tells Libya | guardian.co.uk

The international criminal court has told Libyan authorities to surrender former dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is wanted in The Hague for crimes against humanity. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was arrested in November by rebel fighters in Libya’s remote southern desert while trying to flee to neighbouring Niger and has been held largely incommunicado since then. … Human ...

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The coup in Mali: Mali à l’aise | The Economist

Mali’s coup leaders tighten their hold but inspire little confidence WHICH way will African politics go? The way of Senegal, where the president conceded electoral defeat on March 25th to a younger rival, extending a democratic tradition unbroken since independence in 1960? Or is nearby Mali a more troubling bellwether? A few days before Senegal’s vote, junior army officers stormed ...

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U.S. — Hands Off Mali! An Analysis of the Recent Events in the Republic of Mali | The Real News

By the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality – Richmond, Virginia, USA http://warisacrime.org/content/us-hands-mali Recent developments in the West African Republic of Mali are raising serious concerns about the possibility of yet another U.S. intervention. On March 22, one month before a scheduled presidential election, a military coup toppled the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure. Quickly taking sides, the regional ...

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‘We don’t know of any Kony video’: villagers tell of reality of violent attacks | guardian.co.uk

Invisible Children’s highly emotive plea for the international community, and the US military in particular, to intervene to arrest Kony has attracted praise for raising awareness but also fierce criticism for what is, in some people’s view, a gross over-simplification of a complex conflict. Not many of the millions who have watched Kony 2012 are in Dungu. There is barely ...

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