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Libyan rebel leader sues Britain over rendition ordeal | The Guardian

A Libyan military commander and rebel leader has launched legal proceedings against the British government over his rendition and alleged “barbaric” treatment meted out to him and his pregnant wife. Abdel Hakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and a former leader of the militant Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is suing ministers and MI6 for the part he claims ...

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Africa’s disputed trees: Don’t plant a wall, restore a canopy | Le Monde diplomatique

At first the women weren’t sure they could do it. Or should do it. Many in the village agreed. Digging holes, planting trees, being leaders, weren’t these men’s jobs? “Everyone said we were crazy,” said vivacious Nakho Fall. We were in Koutal, a village in western Senegal where goats and chickens amble across sandy lanes that separate households. She was ...

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NATO Killed Scores of Civilians in Libya War | Antiwar.com

The NATO air war against Libya, which officials are still crowing about as a “flawless” sort of victory, is coming under renewed scrutiny this weekend after the New York Times investigation into claims of civilian casualties confirmed at least 40 deaths of civilians attributed to NATO air strikes. The 40 figure is the bare minimum, of course, and all that ...

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Video reveals vicious attack by Egypt’s military police | The Independent

A video showing Egypt’s military police viciously clubbing a woman, repeatedly kicking her head and then stomping on her semi-naked chest triggered a wave of outrage yesterday and threatened to further inflame three days of bloody clashes in the capital. The footage, taken during another outbreak of rioting in which at least 10 people were killed and 441 injured, shows ...

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US defense secretary warns Libya of struggle ahead | guardian.co.uk

Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has warned Libya’s leaders they face a long struggle in emerging from decades of dictatorship and uniting the rival militias that still hold sway over many parts of the country. Panetta, the first Pentagon chief ever to set foot in Libya, said Washington would support the new government’s efforts to take control of the ...

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Kenya marches into Somalia but can’t see the enemy | Yahoo! News

BUR GARBO, Somalia – Kenyan troops marched into this decaying Somali fishing village two months ago, but the al-Qaida-linked militants they came to hunt are nowhere to be seen. The Kenyan military says it’s getting ready to push forward with its offensive against the al-Shabab insurgents, who are blamed for attacks on Kenyan soil including tourist kidnappings. For now, though, ...

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UN official in Central African Republic urges support for demobilization | UN News Centre

14 December 2011 – The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) told the Security Council today that dialogue between the Government and opposition groups is paying peace dividends, but warned that lack of funds to implement programmes to disarm and demobilize former fighters could undermine efforts to restore security. “The Government is listening ...

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FILM: Kenya’s unga revolution | IRIN Africa

Throughout 2011, Kenyans have faced the strain of rising food and fuel prices. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, late and erratic rainfall led to an estimated 3.75 million people across the country becoming food-insecure. The World Bank’s Food Price Watch report states that the price of maize rose by 43 percent globally between September 2010 and September ...

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Somalia: UN Chief Lobbies for Bigger Amisom Force | allAfrica.com

Kenya’s efforts to send troops to Somalia received a major boost after UN boss Ban Ki-moon asked the Security Council to expand the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). The UN secretary-general lobbied the powerful council to allow more troops join the peacekeeping force to secure parts of Somalia that have been liberated by the Kenya military and the Transitional ...

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Africa is on the move, says Blair | guardian.co.uk

Tony Blair brought his relentlessly upbeat persona to Busan in his role as adviser to African leaders to spread the message that the continent is on the move. Founder of the Africa Governance Initiative, Blair performed a double act with Rajiv Shah, the head of the US agency for international development, USAid, at the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness. ...

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