Africa

Kenya Wants to Stop Flow of Somalia Refugees

Kenyan and British officials met in Nairobi Sunday to discuss the drought that has sent thousands of Somalis fleeing into Kenya to escape starvation. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Kenya would like feeding programs to be set up on the Somali side of the border to stop the flow of refugees

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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member

The United Nations has admitted newly independent South Sudan to the world body. The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday admitted the country by acclamation, after a Security Council resolution recommending South Sudan for membership. The world's newest nation declared independence on Saturday, splitting from Sudan

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Sudan to Issue New Currency After Split With South

Sudan’s president says the country will issue a new currency following its split with South Sudan last week. President Omar al-Bashir announced the plan during an address to the National Assembly in Khartoum on Tuesday. South Sudan declared its independence on Saturday and on Monday announced plans to introduce its own currency

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Congo, India to Build Hydro Plant

The Democratic Republic of Congo and India have signed a deal to build a hydroelectric plant in southern Congo. Officials from both countries participated in a signing ceremony in the Congolese city of Kananga late Monday. Congo's Energy Minister Gilbert Tshiongo said the plant, when completed, will have a capacity of 65 megawatts

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Uganda Opens Country’s First War Crimes Trial

Uganda has opened its first war crimes trial with a case against a leader of the notoriously violent Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group. The trial against Thomas Kwoyelo opened at Uganda's International War Crimes Division under tight security in Gulu on Monday. He is charged with willful killing, hostage taking, destruction of property and causing injury to people. Kwoyelo was captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March 2009 during a push by regional forces to round up LRA fighters

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South Sudan Gets Vice President, Government

The president of newly-independent South Sudan has appointed a vice president and formed a caretaker government. In a decree Sunday, President Salva Kiir named Riek Machar as vice president. Machar held the same position in the old southern Sudan regional government. He was sworn into office Monday. In a separate decree, President Kiir appointed dozens of cabinet members whom a government news release described as caretaker national ministers

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President Obama ‘Proud’ to Recognize South Sudan

The United States has formally recognized the Republic of South Sudan on its independence day. President Barack Obama said in a statement Saturday that he is “proud” to extend diplomatic recognition. He said South Sudan's newly declared independence is a “historic achievement” that shows, in his words, “the light of a new dawn is possible” after war

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Nigerian Finance Minister Nominee Says Nation Must Live Within Means

The managing director of the World Bank says Nigeria needs to do a better job living within its means. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is President Goodluck Jonathan's choice to be his next finance minister. Much of Nigeria's budget goes to recurring expenses such as government salaries, defense and social services. World Bank managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says that is making it hard to find new money to invest in some of the large-scale infrastructure projects that President Jonathan has outlined

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Somali Man Brought to US to Face Terror Charges

U.S. officials say a Somali man accused of ties to Islamist militant groups was interrogated for nearly two months aboard a U.S. warship and is now in New York to face terrorism charges. The officials say Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was questioned at sea by intelligence officials for his connections to the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group and the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

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ICC Prosecutions Are Discriminatory – African Union

The African Union says it will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Some African leaders mistrust the international court. The African Union said the arrest warrant against the Libyan leader “seriously complicates” its efforts to find a solution to the conflict

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