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Kenya UN envoy seeks US help on Somalia

Published November 15, 2011 by AFP via Yahoo News
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Kenya's UN envoy on Tuesday courted support from Washington for his country's campaign against Islamist Shebab rebels in southern Somalia.

"We would love to see the international community, with the US right up there, engaging in Somalia in ways in which they have not for quite a long time," Ambassador Macharia Kamau told AFP in an interview.

In African jungle, US group using new radios to fight vicious militia hunted by US troops

Published November 8, 2011 by AP via New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — In Africa’s remotest jungle, where paved roads and telephones don’t exist, a U.S. aid group is installing new high frequency radios to help track the Lord’s Resistance Army, a brutal militia that 100 U.S. special forces troops are now helping hunt.

The Ugandan rebel group is blamed for tens of thousands of rapes, mutilations and killings over the last 26 years. The militia abducts children, forcing them to serve as soldiers or sex slaves, and even to kill their parents or each other to survive.

US 'Strongly' Condemns Sudan Airstrike on South

Published November 10, 2011 by Voice of America
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The United States has strongly condemned an airstrike by Sudan on its southern neighbor that allegedly killed seven people.  South Sudan says Sudanese jet fighters bombed an area of Upper Nile state Guffa on Monday, near the two countries' border.  

In a statement late Wednesday, the U.S. State Department described the attack as indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets and said it condemns the airstrike "in the strongest possible terms."  

U.S. Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation

Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping
Date Published: 
October 19, 2011

Citizens for Global Solutions, as part of the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, has released a new report entitled, "U.S. Engagement in International Peacekeeping: From Aspiration to Implementation." The report calls on Congress and the Obama Administration to improve U.S. participation in international peacekeeping operations and offers recommendations in four areas:

Security Council Cross-Cutting Report: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Date Published: 
July 20, 2011

In addition to reviewing developments relating to protection of civilians as a thematic issue on the Security Council’s agenda, including in the context of UN peacekeeping, the present report includes a statistical analysis of Council decisions in country-specific situations in 2010 and how protection issues were addressed. The Secretary-General’s reporting on protection of civilians, as well as the Council’s use of sanctions against individuals or entities committing violations against civilians are

South Sudan admitted to U.N. as 193rd member

Published July 15, 2011 by Reuters
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The General Assembly admitted South Sudan on Thursday as the 193rd member of the United Nations, sealing the new African country's independence after decades of conflict.

The assembly vote, by acclamation, followed South Sudan's independence proclamation in the capital Juba on Saturday, after its people voted in a January referendum to break away from Sudan -- a decision accepted by Khartoum.

President Hints at Fresh Start for Sudan, but Many Are Skeptical

Published July 13, 2011 by New York Times
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KHARTOUM, Sudan — It is a grand title, carrying the suggestion of a new era, a new dawn. Now that the southern part of Sudan has split off and formed its own nation, many politicians here in the north, including President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, have a new way of referring to what remains of their country. They call it the “second republic.”

US monitors detects mass graves in Sudan's S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM — New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said Thursday.

"Based on an analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and eyewitness reports obtained by the Satellite Sentinel Project, SSP has identified a site consistent with mass graves in Kadugli," said the monitoring group set up by Hollywood star and rights activist George Clooney.

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