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Decades-Old U.S. Sanctions on Sudan Lifted

United Nations – Among his final actions, President Obama lifted U.S. sanctions against Sudan, a move welcomed by some. On January 13, the Obama administration announced its change to the 20-year old policy, stating that it is “easing” comprehensive unilateral sanctions on Sudan.

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US sanctions four Burundians blamed for crisis

President Barack Obama on Monday issued an executive order imposing sanctions on four prominent figures in Burundi whom the United States says are contributing to the country’s insecurity. The freeze on assets and restrictions on visas to enter the US targets the Minister for Public Security Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Godefroid Bizimana, the deputy director-general of the national police, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, former chief of Burundi’s intelligence service and Cyrille Ndayirukiye, former minister for defence.

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Great Trade Expectations Behind the US-Ethiopia Trade Relations

In 1903, the United States and one of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia, established a relationship. Emperor Menelik II described the day as “… beginnings of a relationship which will have some place in history”, as quoted in a paper presented by Professor Negussay Ayele of Cornell University, to mark the 100th anniversary of that occasion. The historic relationship is, in this week, to witness a rare event with the first visit of a sitting president of the United States paying a visit to Ethiopia. President Barack Hussein Obama’s visit to Ethiopia follows what happens to be his first visit as President, to his father’s homeland, Kenya.

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Obama’s balancing act in Kenya

Twenty years ago, a young Barack Obama, on the verge of his first political campaign for an Illinois state senate race, published his real life bildungsroman, Dreams From My Father. The book chronicled his life up to his entry into Harvard Law School and it provided a thought-provoking description of his trip to Kenya so that he could come to grips with the tenuous but persistent legacy of his father’s Kenyan origins and on his own circumstances as an American, an African American, and a man with a potent but virtually unexamined African heritage.

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Test of African democracy – Burkina and beyond

Washington, DC — On Thursday the former soldier who seized power in Burkina Faso 27 years ago agreed to negotiate with opponents. The announcement was a response to massive popular demonstrations against President Blaise Compaore’s intention to extend his rule for another term.

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How I could have brought Ebola to Washington

New York — In September, I spent time with an American woman who had recently been in Lofa County, Liberia, an Ebola hot spot bordering the village in Guinea where the first case was identified. We were nowhere near west Africa; we were both attending an international conference with participants from around the world.

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