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Who’s behind South Sudan’s return to fighting?

Despite President Kiir and Vice-President Machar’s call for calm, hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in Juba over the past few days.

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Kofi Annan to African leaders: Leave when your time is up

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has urged African leaders to leave when their mandated time is up and to avoid excluding opposing voices if elections are to cease contributing to conflicts on the continent.

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South Sudan’s slow liberation

South Sudan’s vice president Riek Machar was sacked in 2013 and after a political crisis that year, he ended up in the bush leading an armed rebellion that has turned into 13 months of civil war. When he received journalists in his bush headquarters, he displayed his latest reading to them: Why Nations Fail, by economist Daron Acemoglu and political scientist James Robinson.

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Opinion: Ebola, human rights and poverty – making the links

Cambridge, Massachussets – The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Explaining Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its violent insurgency

The Islamist insurgency in Nigeria – led by Boko Haram – has entered a dangerous new phase in recent weeks, with the extremists overrunning towns in the country’s northeast. Much of the world learned of the group after they kidnapped 276 school girls from their dormitory in the town of Chibok earlier this year, but for years its steadily worsening attacks have been wracking parts of the country.

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Beats of the Antonov: ‘Unlike anything I have ever seen’

Sep20

Sudanese filmaker Hajooj Kuka captures Sudan’s conflict in his new film, ‘Beats of the Antonov’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi3ronTd3xg[/youtube]

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