North Africa

U.S. working to prevent additional conflict between Sudan and South Sudan

April 19, 2012

“The Obama administration’s special envoy for Sudan, Princeton Lyman, said on Thursday the situation was a “very serious crisis” that threatened wider conflict between the two foes, which fought a brutal civil war for decades before finally signing a 2005 peace agreement.”

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Islamist barred from running for President in Egypt: Egypt’s Military Rulers want to remain in power

April 19, 2012

“Khairat al-Shater, a wealthy businessman and top official in the Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest Islamist group, had been a frontrunner for next month’s first round of voting – until the election committee rejected his bid over a criminal record he acquired during political persecution under Hosni Mubarak.”

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Sudan President Omar al-Bashir: My country’s duty is to “liberate” South Sudan

April 19, 2012

“South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July after decades of civil war, creating the world’s newest country.”

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Egypt confirms the disqualification of the 3 leading candidates from the country’s Presidential Elections next month

April 18, 2012

“Egypt’s electoral commission has confirmed the disqualification of 10 candidates from next month’s presidential election, including two prominent Islamists and the former spy chief of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.”

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African Union mediator Mbeki urges the United Nations Security Council to act on Sudan and South Sudan

April 17, 2012

“Security Council members promised to urgently discuss how to address the crisis, including the possibility of sanctions, said U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current Security Council president.”

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African Union tells the United Nations Security Council that Sudan and South Sudan are “locked in a logic of war”

April 17, 2012

“The two countries are fighting over their disputed border, with Sudan trying to remove South Sudan forces from its Heglig oil-field. African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki and UN envoy Haile Menkarios gave the warning to a closed-door UNSC meeting.”

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Thousands of Egyptian Islamists protest against Egypt’s ruling military

April 15, 2012

“Thousands gathered in an upbeat mood in the capital’s iconic Tahrir Square, symbol of the popular protest movement that led to last year’s downfall of Mubarak, amid chants of “No to leftovers from the old regime!”"

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Islamist groups in Egypt to hold a mass protest on Friday

April 12, 2012

“Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist groups will hold a mass protest in Cairo on Friday to demand that members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime be barred from running for public office.”

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Egyptian Court keeps the Islamist Presidential Candidate’s campaign alive by ruling that his mother was not a U.S. citizen

April 11, 2012

“But the court’s verdict on his candidacy contradicted a statement by the country’s election commission suggesting that authorities had documents proving his late mother held an American passport. The election commission is expected to announce its decision on the case in coming days.”

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Analysis: Sudan and South Sudan approaching an all-out war

April 11, 2012

“The African Union (AU) said it was “deeply alarmed” by the worsening violence between the former civil war foes, but its efforts to mediate were set back when a furious Sudan pulled out of AU-led talks.”

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Documents: Libya to defy the United Nations over Saif Gaddafi

April 11, 2012

“Reports by ICC lawyers accuse Libya of orchestrating a programme of obstruction in efforts to bring him to justice in the Hague.”

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U.S. and Libya investigating oil companies’ relationships with the Gaddafi Regime

April 11, 2012

“The Libyan general prosecutor’s office is investigating “Libyan and foreign operators in Libya” for possible “financial irregularities,” its deputy head, Abdelmajeed Saad, said in an interview.”

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Sudan says that South Sudan’s army now controls the largest oil field

April 10, 2012

“Clashes between the two sides started two weeks ago, and are among the worst since South Sudan gained independence last July after a long civil war.”

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International Monetary Fund: Egypt needs to win broader political support for its economic program before receiving loans

April 10, 2012

“Egypt is seeking a $3.2 billion loan after rejecting a proposed program by the IMF last year. Economists warn time is running out for the embattled country. Central-bank reserves are dwindling and external financing is needed to avoid a disorderly devaluation of the Egyptian pound that would do major damage to the country’s financial system and public accounts.”

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Omar Suleiman, the former Intelligence Chief, enters Egypt’s Presidential Race

April 7, 2012

“Omar Suleiman, the right-hand man of former President Hosni Mubarak, announced today he will enter the race to become Egypt’s new leader after Mr. Mubarak was forced out by a massive uprising last year.”

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