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DRC: Kinshasa fashion highlights lack of ARVs | PlusNews Global

KINSHASA, 3 April 2012 (PlusNews) – Twelve HIV-positive women held a fashion show in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on 30 March to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of people with HIV/AIDS, and challenge donors and the authorities to provide adequate treatment. “Last year we said, ‘Let’s have a generation without AIDS’,” said Emilie, ...

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MALI: Looting halts aid work in chaotic north | IRIN Africa

BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 April 2012 (IRIN) – Malians in the northern towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu are hiding in their homes in fear following the weekend takeover by rebel groups, during which hospitals, health clinics, government buildings, and most NGO and UN offices and warehouses were looted, and in some cases destroyed, leaving the bulk of humanitarian operations suspended. After ...

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Mali sanctions loom, rebels seize north | chicagotribune.com

BAMAKO (Reuters) – West African leaders will decide on Monday whether to impose sanctions on Mali after leaders of a military coup said they would return power to civilians in a bid to avert diplomatic and economic isolation. A 72-hour deadline, set by West African bloc ECOWAS, for soldiers to start returning to barracks expired overnight as northern separatist rebels ...

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Does the ICC have an Africa problem? | Opinion, Al Jazeera English

Cambridge, MA – When the Lubanga verdict was handed down at the International Criminal Court, rather than a chorus of celebration, there was qualified applause from pundits and publicists. Almost all the opinion pieces that examined the potential impact of the Lubanga verdict highlighted the oft-cited fact that all of the 28 people that have so far been indicted by ...

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Senegal’s peaceful transition ‘holds hope for Africa’ | AFP

JOHANNESBURG — Senegal’s peaceful handover of power from veteran ruler Abdoulaye Wade to his estranged protege Macky Sall is a boost for Africa where democratic transitions are rare, analysts say. “Recently we have seen a lot of dissent against autocratic and authoritarian rule in Africa,” said Malawi-based political analyst Ben Chiza Mkandawire. “Therefore the election in Senegal will act as ...

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Egypt told to give military leaders ‘safe exit’ by western governments | guardian.co.uk

Western governments have been encouraging Egypt’s nascent political powers to consider offering the military generals currently running the country immunity against prosecution, according to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) has been in control of the country since the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, with the junta’s rule marked by continued ...

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Analysis: Warriors and websites – a new kind of rebellion in Mali? | IRIN Africa

MOPTI, 26 March 2012 (IRIN) – In the wake of the coup that deposed Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Touré, military junta leader Captain Amadou Sanogo has stressed a willingness to negotiate with rebel groups reportedly surrounding the northern town of Kidal and reinforcing positions around Gao, 190 km further south. In a recent BBC interview Captain Sanogo said he was ...

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Mali coup draws wide condemnation | guardian.co.uk

The military coup in Mali has been widely condemned, with the west African regional body Ecowas describing it as “military adventurism” and the African Union calling an emergency meeting in Addis Ababa. The US state department has called for calm, and the EU has suspended its development operations in the country. All land borders and the airport in the capital, ...

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