Africa

South Sudan Rebel Leader Killed

A South Sudan rebel leader was killed Saturday just days after agreeing to a cease-fire in the region. The South Sudan army and a rebel source in Unity state say Gatluak Gai was shot dead. Gai signed a cease-fire agreement with the new South Sudan government last week. There are conflicting reports on who is responsible for his death, ranging from Gai being shot by his own men, to being killed by South Sudan's army. Gai headed one of several militias in what recently became the world's newest country, South Sudan

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Red Cross Visits Former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo in Detention

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has visited former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo,who has been detained in the west African nation since April. A Red Cross spokesman said Friday officials from the organization met with Mr. Gbagbo and several others in detention or house arrest to make sure they are being treated humanely after the Ivory Coast's post election crisis

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Malawi Blocks Funeral for 7 Protesters

Authorities in Malawi have blocked a mass funeral for seven people killed during protests in the northern town of Mzuzu. Mourners gathered at a funeral home hosting the seven dead, insisting on carrying out the funeral despite officials' fears the event would incite more violence. Troops were patrolling Mzuzu and other major cities Friday after 18 people died in anti-government demonstrations earlier in the week

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UN to Open New Routes to Somalia’s Famine-Stricken Areas

The United Nations World Food Program says it will soon open new routes to famine-stricken parts of Somalia where the presence of militants has made it hard to reach starving people. Executive Director Josette Sheeran said Thursday that the WFP is preparing to open new land and air routes into what she called the “core of the famine zone.”

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Libyan Rebels Ask France for Weapons to March on Tripoli

Libyan rebel leaders visiting France say they have asked President Nicolas Sarkozy for military aid to enable them to march on Tripoli, the stronghold of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The rebel delegation made the request to Mr. Sarkozy in Paris during a meeting on Wednesday. The delegation includes a representative of western Libya's rebel-controlled city of Misrata, Suleiman Fortia

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Gambia: Hundreds disappeared, killed and tortured

Gambia must act to improve the deteriorating human rights situation across the country, Amnesty International said in a campaign document released today. Climate of Fear Continues: Enforced disappearances, killings and torture in Gambia details how cases of enforced disappearances are yet to be resolved after several years

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Malawi: Eight People Killed in Protests

Riot police fanned out across Malawi Thursday, following the deaths of at least eight people during violent anti-government protests. Officials say the deaths occurred in the northern city of Mzuzu, where police clashed with demonstrators Wednesday. Similar clashes took place in the capital, Lilongwe, and in the city of Blantyre

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France says Gaddafi could stay in Libya

France says Muammar Gaddafi can remain in Libya if he surrenders power and follows a Paris-backed ceasefire deal to end the conflict in his country, the French foreign minister said. "One of the scenarios effectively envisaged is that he stays in Libya on one condition which I repeat - that he very clearly steps aside from Libyan political life,"

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Malawi: Vice President Joyce Banda Refuses To Resign

Malawi’s vice president, Joyce Banda, has rejected demands that she resign from some of her colleagues in the administration as well as senior officials of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). “It is only Malawians who shall remove me from this position,” said Banda. “Even as state vice president of the party (DPP), I didn’t resign; I put up with a lot of torture and abuse because I felt I was obligated to stay, but the party removed me

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US Officials Meet Gadhafi Envoys, Urge His Departure

Libyan and U.S. officials say representatives from the two governments held direct talks recently, but Washington stressed that the sole objective was to deliver a "clear and firm" message that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must leave power. A U.S. State Department official Monday said the one-time meeting "was not a negotiation," and that the only way forward is for Mr. Gadhafi to "step down

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Guinea President Calls for Calm Following Overnight Attack

Guinea's president is calling for calm following an overnight attack on his home in a suburb of the capital, Conakry. Soldiers are out in force in Guinea's capital following a nearly two-hour attack on the home of President Alpha Conde that ended just before dawn. The president later addressed the nation on state television and radio

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Gambia Opposition Urges ‘Massive’ Vote Against President Jammeh

A leading opposition member is calling on Gambians to “massively vote out” President Yahya Jammeh in the November 24 general elections. Halifa Sallah, secretary general of the People’s Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), said, “The response of the people should be overwhelmingly voting him out of office and thus assert the sovereignty of the people.”

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Sudan Will Not Grant South Sudanese Dual Citizenship

Sudan's ruling party has affirmed the government will not grant dual citizenship to people of South Sudan, after the new country said it will allow dual nationality. Citizenship is a key unresolved issue between the neighboring countries, which separated when South Sudan declared independence on July 9

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