Africa

Central African Republic Army Chiefs Pledge Allegiance to Rebel Leader Michel Djotodia

March 28, 2013

“Central African Republic’s army chiefs pledged allegiance to the country’s self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia on Thursday as the ex-rebel leader consolidated control four days after his fighters seized the capital.”

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Chaos in Central African Republic: Looters and Gunmen Exploit Coup D’état

March 28, 2013

“Days after a coup plunged the Central African Republic into chaos, looters roamed the streets of the capital, robbing hospitals and preventing fearful residents from seeking treatment.”

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United Nations Security Council Condemns Rebel Coup in the Central African Republic

March 26, 2013

“The statement after an emergency meeting Monday afternoon came at the request of France, a permanent council member.”

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Rebel Leader Formally Dissolves Central African Republic Constitution, Parliament, and Government

March 26, 2013

“Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition, said … he plans to stay in power until 2016, the length of time left in the [predecessor’s] term.”

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Speaking in Cameroon, Central African Republic President Francois Bozize: “Temporary Exile”

March 25, 2013

“Ousted President Francois Bozize fled the presidential palace over the weekend, resurfacing Monday in the neighboring nation of Cameroon, where the government issued a statement saying he had sought “temporary exile” on their soil.”

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Egyptian President Morsi Labels Protests “Criminal Acts”, an “Incitement to Violence”

March 25, 2013

“Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Sunday that the clashes that took place on Friday near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Muqattam are criminal acts that have nothing to do with the January uprising.”

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European Union Suspends Sanctions Against 81 Zimbabwe Officials and 8 Companies

March 25, 2013

“However, sanctions will remain in force against 10 people – including Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe – and two firms, EU sources say.”

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Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Orders Arrest of 5 Rights Activists

March 25, 2013

“Egypt’s top prosecutor issued arrest warrants on Monday for five rights activists on suspicion of inciting violence against members of the president’s Muslim Brotherhood.”

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Rebels Violently Overthrow Central African Republic Government; President Francois Bozize Flees to Democratic Republic of Congo

March 24, 2013

“The statement described Bozize as the country’s former president and urged residents of the landlocked country to remain calm and prepare themselves to welcome rebel forces.”

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Protesters Clash With Muslim Brotherhood Supporters in Cairo, Egypt; At Least 40 People Injured

March 22, 2013

“About 40 people were wounded in the fighting, Health Ministry official Khaled al-Khatib told state news agency MENA. They included a former presidential candidate, liberal Khaled Ali, who was injured in the shoulder, MENA said.”

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France: 1 Mali Soldier and 10 Islamist Militants Killed in Overnight Fighting Near the Timbuktu Airport

March 21, 2013

“Burkhard also reported that 15 Islamist fighters had been killed in clashes in Gao, northern Mali, in recent days. After initial confusion, it transpired that these were the same casualties reported by the French army on Tuesday.”

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Mali Local Council: Civil Servants and State Officials Have Yet to Return to Gao, 6 Weeks After France Recaptured the City

March 21, 2013

“Residents of Gao are waiting for state officials to come back, six weeks after French-led troops recaptured this northern Malian city from Islamist fighters.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Praises France’s Military Intervention in Mali

March 21, 2013

“After initially hesitating, the United States has backed the French-led action with logistical support, sending transport planes, surveillance drones and refueling tankers to boost the campaign.”

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al-Qaeda Spokesman: French Hostage Executed in Mali in Retaliation Against France Intervention

March 21, 2013

“In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official said the government is aware of the report of the killing of a French hostage, kidnapped on November 11, and is investigating.”

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France Prime Minister: French Troops Will Pull Out of Mali “From the End of April”

March 21, 2013

“Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius first said the 4,000-strong French contingent would be withdrawn from March. President Francois Hollande then promised a troop reduction from April.”

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