DRC: Museveni Holds The Aces
As fighters of the M23 rebel group pulls out of the Congolese city of Goma, regional leaders headed by the Ugandan president have been trying to stave off further military action that could lead to a new war engulfing countries in the region.

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Sierra Leone: A Decisive Mandate
Despite claims by the losing opposition party that its defeat in last month’s elections was suspect, the result, in the end, reflected the will of the majority of Sierra Leoneans. President Ernest Bai Koroma and the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) triumphed in the presidential and parliamentary elections held in Sierra Lone on November 17.

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Mali: Putting It All Back Together
Every effort has to be made to resolve the situation in Mali because of the repercussions it has for wider security in west Africa. Now that UN Security Council UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended conditional backing for a one-year African Union (UN) mission against Islamist militants in Mali…

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Libya: a case of victor’s justice?

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As Martin Plaut leaves the BBC, having have been working on Africa since the 1970s, he looks at the continent of his birth and says he sees a brighter future than at any time he can remember.

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The newly constructed Nairobi-Thika superhighway will aid better regional integration in East Africa, President Mwai Kibaki has said at the official opening. Kibaki noted that the road linked the main commercial centres of Isiolo, Marsabit,...

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Sudan/South Sudan

THE United Nations peacekeeping chief had warned that the lack of progress on outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan is having a negative impact on the stability of the latter, putting at risk the progress made since it gained independence from the former in 2011.

‘Lack of progress in resolving the outstanding security, economic and political issues between the two countries continued to directly impact stability and security inside the country, at the expense of efforts and investments towards peacebuilding and state-building activities and the delivery of essential service delivery to its citizens,’ Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council.

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Mauritania

MAURITANIAN President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz returned home last after being shot and wounded in the arm by one of his own soldiers in October in what the government said was an accident. He had been in France receiving treatment.

Thousands of people gathered at the airport to greet the president on his return to Nouakchott. Large crowds also lined the route between the airport and the presidential palace. Reports said the 55-year-old leader appeared to be in good health, and waved to crowds from his car.

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South Africa

NOBEL Peace Prize Laureate and activist Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will be honoured for his contribution to building a universal culture of human rights around the world, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) HAS announced.

Archbishop Tutu was selected to receive this year’s UNESCO/Bilbao Prize, for ‘the outstanding role he played in building the new democratic, non-racial South Africa and his invaluable contribution as Chairperson of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to national reconstruction which became a model for other post-conflict societies’.

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Western Sahara 

THE conflict over the final status of the territory of Western Sahara has gone on for far too long and must be resolved, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue stressed last month, adding that any acceptance of the status quo a ‘serious miscalculation. Christopher Ross, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, said that the situation remained ‘very worrisome’ and should remain on the radar of the international community.

‘This conflict must be resolved and I believe that it can be resolved if there is a will to engage in real dialogue and compromise.’

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