Africa

Zimbabwe Election Officials: 2 Million People Voted on Constitutional Referendum

March 17, 2013

“Zimbabwe has an estimated 6.6 million registered voters. All main political parties had called for a “Yes” vote amid fears of a low voter turnout. Zimbabweans were given just three weeks to read the 170-page draft of the constitution.”

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Egypt’s Ruling Muslim Brotherhood Party: United Nations’ Declaration on Women’s Rights Could Destroy Society

March 14, 2013

“Egypt has joined Iran, Russia and the Vatican – dubbed an “unholy alliance” by some diplomats – in threatening to derail the women’s rights declaration by objecting to language on sexual, reproductive and gay rights.”

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President Obama Meets With Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

March 13, 2013

“A statement issued by the White House after the meeting on Wednesday said that Mr. Obama had “stressed the importance of Libya’s cooperation with the ongoing investigation” and added that he and Mr. Zeidan had also discussed ways to strengthen Libya’s institutions.”

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President Obama Nominates Deborah K. Jones as U.S. Ambassador to Libya

March 13, 2013

“Jones has previously served as U.S. ambassador to Kuwait and is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington.”

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Nigerian Ansaru Militants Kill 7 Foreign Hostages From Italy, Britain, Greece, and Lebanon

March 10, 2013

“In an online statement posted on Saturday, the militant group Ansaru said it had killed the captives. Ansaru is suspected of being an offshoot of the Boko Haram network.”

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Violent Protests Erupt in Egypt After Court Upholds Death Sentences For 21 Soccer Rioters

March 9, 2013

“Three protesters have been killed and reportedly 65 injured in Cairo as outraged crowds protest both in the Egyptian capital and the city of Port Said over the latest verdict on the deadly Port Said stadium riot in February 2012.”

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Dozens of Gunmen Abduct Private Television Station Owner and 5 Crew in Tripoli, Libya

March 9, 2013

“One of the anchors at the Alassema station where the attack took place, Mohammed al-Sharkassi, told another news network that he had also been accosted outside his workplace by “individuals who identified themselves as former rebels.””

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U.S. State Department Delays Award For Controversial Egyptian Activist

March 9, 2013

“Ibrahim was named earlier this week as one of 10 winners of the International Women of Courage award, an honor to be given on Friday.”

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Former Lead Detective For South African Runner Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Case Quits Police Force

March 9, 2013

“The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius’ shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, as well as the revelation that he faced attempted murder charges for a 2011 case in which he fired at a vehicle.”

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Sudanese Rebels Attack Government Soldiers in the Darfur Region to Stop President Bashir From Visiting

March 9, 2013

“Sudan’s army confirmed a clash with fighters near the capital of North Darfur state El Fasher on Wednesday, but said security forces repelled the attack.”

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Egypt Electoral Commission Delays Parliamentary Elections Set to Begin Next Month

March 9, 2013

“Thursday’s move comes after a court ruled that the electoral law backed by President Mohamed Morsi needed to be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court.”

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Kenyan Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s Vote Share Falls Below 50%

March 8, 2013

“Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s independence leader Jomo Kenyatta, has been indicted for crimes against humanity over the ethnic violence that followed the last election, posing a dilemma for Western allies if he wins.”

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Locust Plague Threatens Crops in the Middle East

March 8, 2013

“Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.”

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United Nations Peacekeeping Force Threatens to Stop Supporting Congolese Army Battalions Accused of Rape

March 8, 2013

“The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has threatened to stop supporting two Congolese army battalions unless soldiers accused of raping scores of women in an eastern town are prosecuted, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.”

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Fox News Incorrectly Overstates and Blames Egypt’s Problems on President Mohamed Morsi

March 7, 2013

Instead of critically analyzing statistics and facts, Fox News often, like in this case, uses information that sounds bad but isn’t actually relevant, congruent, or applicable.

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