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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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said the regional group is awaiting a U.N. Security Council meeting on Mali before deciding on a date for troop deployment. But he said that valuable time has been lost in attempting to resolve the crisis, and that Islamist groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida now control two-thirds of Mali. The militant groups, Ansar […]

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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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said the regional group is awaiting a U.N. Security Council meeting on Mali before deciding on a date for troop deployment. But he said that valuable time has been lost in attempting to resolve the crisis, and that Islamist groups believed to be linked to al-Qaida now control two-thirds of Mali. The militant groups, Ansar […]

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West African Ministers Consider Mali Troop Request

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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West African defense and foreign ministers met Monday on when and how to deploy troops to quell the unrest in Mali, where Islamist militants control the northern part of the country. The Economic Community of West African States is trying to end political crises in both Mali and Guinea Bissau, where a coup occurred in […]

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Ethiopian Government, Ogaden Rebels Hold Preliminary Talks

Posted September 8th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopian government officials and ethnic Somali rebels have met to set a framework for negotiations aimed at ending a 28-year insurgency in the Ogaden area of Ethiopia’s Somali regional state. Both the government and rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front, the ONLF, said the preliminary talks took place Thursday and Friday in the Kenyan […]

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Colombian Rebels to Press for Cease-Fire with Government

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombia’s main leftist rebel group — battered by a years-long government military offensive — says it will seek a cease-fire next month at the start of preliminary talks with the Bogota government. Thursday’s cease-fire announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — better known as FARC — comes just days after President Juan Manuel […]

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Colombian Rebels to Press for Cease-Fire with Government

Posted September 6th, 2012 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Colombia’s main leftist rebel group — battered by a decade-long government military offensive — says it will seek a cease-fire next month at the start of preliminary talks with the Bogata government. Thursday’s cease-fire announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — better known as FARC — comes just days after President Juan Manuel […]

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Presidents of Sudan, South Sudan Meet in Bid to Avoid War

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 11:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and pledged to negotiate their differences peacefully. President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan met Saturday on the sidelines of an African Union summit. It was the first meeting between the two since their countries came close […]

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Sudan and South Sudan Presidents Meet in Bid to Avoid War

Posted July 14th, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and pledged to negotiate their differences peacefully. On the sidelines of an African Union summit, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan met Saturday at a hotel. It was the first such meeting between the two men […]

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First Direct Somalia-Somaliland Talks End in London

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Two days of the first-ever formal talks between Somalia and the breakaway region of Somaliland ended near London Thursday. Both sides agreed that the talks should continue. Somali Interior Minister Abdisamad Moalim Mohamud told VOA that both sides agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing, and dumping toxic wastes. He said […]

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Somalia-Somaliland Talks Begin Outside London

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Representatives from the Somali Transitional Government and the breakaway region of Somaliland began two days of talks outside London Wednesday on a wide range of issues, including the future of the self-declared republic. Ten officials — five from each side — are taking part in the closed-door discussions organized by Britain and the European Union. […]

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