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Darfur: UN-African peacekeepers to set up quick reaction force to protect civilians | ReliefWeb

16 February 2011 – The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has significantly stepped up its patrols in the strife-torn region of Sudan where there was a recent resurgence of violence and is setting up a quick reaction force to help protect civilians. “I am deeply concerned about these renewed clashes and have since made strong appeals to ...

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DJIBOUTI: Food security critical as drought intensifies | IRIN Africa

DJIBOUTI, 16 February 2011 (IRIN) – A combination of drought and high food prices has affected at least 120,000 people in Djibouti, according to a joint rapid assessment of the impact of drought in rural areas by the government of Djibouti, UN agencies and FEWS Net. “Both rural and urban households are affected by the drought at different levels, with ...

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Sudan: A Roadmap for Peace in Darfur | allAfrica.com

In the aftermath of a successful referendum process in South Sudan which will likely lead to the emergence of two new states – North and South Sudan – from one, and against the backdrop of sweeping changes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, violence in Darfur appears to be on the rise. In this context, the vigorous diplomacy of ...

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Three killed at Mogadishu pro-peace demo | AFP

MOGADISHU — Somali soldiers opened fire to break up a pro-peace demonstration in Mogadishu on Tuesday, sparking an exchange with other government forces that left three people dead and 11 wounded. Officials and witnesses said the hundreds-strong march organised by the local authorities was interrupted when soldiers tried to disperse the crowd by opening fire, drawing return fire from the ...

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COTE D’IVOIRE: From bad to worse | IRIN Africa

ABIDJAN, 15 February 2011 (IRIN) – With the world’s attention focusing on mass mobilization and historic shifts of power in Tunis and Cairo, the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has faded into the background but remains completely unresolved. There has been no face-to-face meeting between Laurent Gbagbo and his long-time political rival Alassane Ouattara, while both men, backed by their respective ...

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Q&A: How to stop south Sudan becoming a failed state? | AlertNet

NAIROBI (AlertNet) – South Sudan faces immense challenges as it prepares to become the world’s newest nation on July 9, following a referendum in which voters opted almost unanimously for independence. Cynics fear the state will be plunged into renewed warfare and corruption will spiral out of control, condemning its people to further suffering and poverty. AlertNet’s Katy Migiro asked ...

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Analysis: Key challenges for Southern Sudan after split | IRIN Africa

JUBA, 8 February 2011 (IRIN) – The release of referendum results for Southern Sudan’s historic independence showing that 98.83 percent voted for secession means formal independence is scheduled for 9 July 2011, but key challenges still remain to be negotiated. These issues, observers say, must now be hammered out by the two ruling parties – the north’s National Congress Party ...

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SOUTH AFRICA: Welfare payments – a panacea for poverty? | IRIN Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) – With nearly one in three South Africans expected to receive state assistance in the form of welfare benefits during the 2011/12 financial year, commentators are wondering how the country can afford to keep providing an ever expanding social safety net. According to the latest South Africa Survey, released on 1 February by independent think-tank ...

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Fraud claims dampen hopes for ‘peace-building’ | IRIN Africa

The electoral commission announced on 1 February that Francois Bozizé won the 23 January election with 66 percent of the vote BANGUI, 2 February 2011 (IRIN) – Hopes that a presidential election in the Central African Republic (CAR) could improve stability and security in a country plagued by armed groups have been undermined by the opposition’s dismissal of the ballot ...

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Sudan demands end to U.S. sanctions – AlertNet

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Sudan called on Monday on the United States to lift sanctions, a day after provisional results showed south Sudan voted almost unanimously to secede in a referendum. The United States had declared the peaceful conduct of South Sudan’s January independence referendum a top priority and offered the Khartoum government a ‘roadmap’ to full ties ...

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