Africa

Hundreds of Egyptian Villagers Lynch Two Men Accused of Kidnapping Children

March 19, 2013

“Mamdooh al-Munir, a local spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood said that the lynching followed a spate of rapes in the area. He said there had been a number of incidents in the last few months of girls being abducted on their way home from school.”

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Video Shows French Hostages Held By Islamist Extremists in Cameroon

March 18, 2013

“The video’s audio airs a man’s voice that identifies himself as Tanguy Moulin-Fournier. He says that his family is being held by the Islamic radical sect known as Boko Haram which wants all its members freed, especially women and children held in Nigerian and Cameroonian custody.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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German Defense Minister Visits Mali Ahead of German Training Program in Mali Next Month

March 18, 2013

“De Maiziere met with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore on Monday in the capital, Bamako, as well as French General Francois Lecointre, who is commanding the French military mission in Mali.”

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Algerian Newspaper Report: French-Led Troops Using Internationally-Banned Weapons in Mali

March 18, 2013

“The statement said French-led soldiers employ weapons containing depleted uranium with high explosive power to bomb the caves in Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali. “

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Western Officials Fear That Mali Will Turn Into a Hotbed For Terrorism Following France’s Withdrawal

March 17, 2013

“Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job.”

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Fifth French Soldier Killed in Mali

March 17, 2013

“A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.”

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Politically-Motivated Arrests of 5 of the Prime Minister’s Senior Aides in Zimbabwe Raise Concerns

March 17, 2013

“On Sunday plainclothes police detained four of Mr Tsvangirai’s senior aides. Police confirmed the arrest of Thabani Mpofu, an adviser to Mr Tsvangirai, and three subordinates in the prime minister’s office as well prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.”

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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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France Defense Minister Visits French Troops in Mali

March 15, 2013

“Le Drian was trying to assess troop morale and prepare the deployment of an African force to Mali, which will also serve French imperialist interests in the region.”

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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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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Rules-Out Canadian Combat Troops in Mali

March 14, 2013

“Harper didn’t rule out Canadian support for a UN-led peacekeeping force, saying only that any future decisions by Ottawa on Mali won’t be taken without input from parliamentarians.”

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France Foreign Minister Lobbying for a United Nations Security Council Vote on Peacekeepers in Mali in Early April

March 14, 2013

“The peacekeepers would take over from French and African forces currently fighting Islamic extremists who had taken control of northern Mali.”

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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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