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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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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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