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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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Yemeni president makes first TV appearance since attack

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has appeared on TV for the first time since being badly burned in an attack on his palace last month. He did not move his arms, and both his hands were bandaged. Mr Saleh has been undergoing treatment in Saudi Arabia since 6 June following the attack, which officials said was caused by a bomb. Yemen has been rocked by months of unrest, with protesters calling for Mr Saleh's resignation

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Casey Anthony to be released next wednesday

US single mother Casey Anthony has been sentenced to four years in prison for lying to police investigating the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter. Anthony was cleared this week of murder and other charges in the disappearance and death of Caylee Anthony. The case in Orlando, Florida, has gripped the US since Caylee vanished

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Strauss-Kahn Case Prosecutor Rejects Calls to Step Down

The New York prosecutor handling the sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has rejected calls to step down. Attorneys representing the hotel maid who accuses Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape asked New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday to recuse himself from the case. They say Vance leaked information damaging the credibility of their client. However, a spokesman for Vance dismissed the request, calling it "wholly without merit

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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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South Africa: Kgalema Motlanthe Denies Challenge To Zuma

South Africa's deputy president has denied that he is campaigning to replace Jacob Zuma as head of the ruling party when it elects new leaders next year. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also deputy leader of the ruling African National Congress, said that he is “not involved in any campaigning or lobbying for the presidency of the ANC and has not spoken to anyone about his future role” in the party

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Casey Anthony not guilty of murder of daughter Caylee

A court in Florida has found US single mother Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter. Prosecutors said Ms Anthony, 25, suffocated Caylee in 2008 because she kept her back from a life of partying. At first she said the girl was kidnapped by a nanny, then at trial said she drowned in a swimming pool. But a jury cleared her of the most serious charges

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