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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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More Than 90 Killed in Norway’s Twin Attacks

Norwegian police are questioning the suspected gunman who shot and killed at least 84 people at a youth summer camp hours after he set off a bomb blast that killed seven people in the capital, Oslo. Police announced the updated death toll Saturday from the most violent events Norway has witnessed since World War II

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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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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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