Africa

African Union Calls Donor Summit for Famine Victims

The African Union has announced it will hold a donor summit in an attempt to raise money for the millions of drought-affected people in Somalia. AU Deputy Chairman Erasmus Mwencha Monday said African heads of state, regional economic blocs and international organizations will gather in Addis Ababa on August 9

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Uganda’s Largest Market Gutted In Fire

An overnight fire has gutted one of Uganda's largest markets, devastating traders who lost all of their merchandise in the blaze. Local officials say the fire in Kampala's Parkyard market broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning, when the market was empty

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South Sudan Becomes African Union’s 54th Member

The African Union has admitted the newly independent nation of South Sudan as its 54th member. The AU says it has received the required number of votes supporting the South Sudan's admission to the Pan-African body. South Sudan gained its independence on July 9 following a referendum that was part of a peace deal that ended a bloody 21-year civil war with the north

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Mubarak is refusing food

Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak is weak and refusing solid food, according to the country's official news agency. He is due to stand trial in a week, accused of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. The head of the hospital where Mr Mubarak is detained in Sharm al-Sheikh said he was depressed, has lost weight, and was not eating enough to keep him alive, MENA agency reports

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Rebel Chief: Gadhafi, Family Can Remain in Libya

The head of Libya's opposition movement says leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family may stay in the country as long as they give up power and rebel leaders determine where and under what conditions they remain. In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal Sunday, Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Gadhafi's ability to stay in Libya

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Somali Militants to Block Aid to Famine-Stricken Areas

Al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia have vowed to keep most international aid workers out of the country despite a worsening famine. This week, the United Nations declared a famine in southern Somalia's Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions and said nearly half of Somalia's population needs urgent aid. On Friday, the World Health Organization said five more regions in southern Somalia are on the brink of famine

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