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ECOWAS Losing Patience with Rebels in Northern Mali

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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An official with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is running out of patience for rebels in northern Mali to relinquish control of key areas. Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS director for external communications, told VOA it will employ “all other measures, including the use of force” if rebels fail […]

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Burma Declares State of Emergency

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s president declared a state of emergency Sunday night for a riot-hit western state, wracked by deadly sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Thein Sein warned in a televised address to the nation that if the violence in Rakhine state spreads further, it could put the country’s moves toward democracy in danger. He invoked the […]

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Libya Switches Vote to July, UN Welcomes Delay

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Libya has postponed a landmark election until next month to give the nation more time to prepare for its first vote since last year’s ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in an armed rebellion. The U.N. mission in Libya praised the decision to switch the election for a national assembly from the original date of […]

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