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AUC Chairperson Receives Credentials of The First Permanent Observer of Latvia to The African Union

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping, received in his office at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on Thursday 13 January 2012, the credentials of the first Permanent Observer of the Republic of Latvia to the African Union, H.E.

IMF Executive Board Completes Third Review Under Policy Support Instrument for Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the third review under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) for Uganda. In completing the review, the Board approved a waiver of nonobservance of the ceiling on net credit to government and the modification of quantitative assessment criteria.

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IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh and Final Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Burundi and Approves US$ 7.6 Million Disbursement

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BUJUMBURA, Burundi, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the seventh and final review of Burundi's economic performance under the economic program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.

EAC Defence, Security and Foreign Affairs experts meet to finalize Regional Peace and Security Protocol

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ARUSHA, Tanzania, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- A joint meeting of the EAC sectoral councils on Cooperation in Defence, Inter-state Security and Foreign Policy Coordination will from Monday 16 January to Thursday 19 January 2012 consider the final draft of the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security in Arusha, Tanzania.

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UN Secretary-General appoints Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe his Deputy Special Representative (political) in South Sudan

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

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UN Security Council press statement on situation in Guinea-Bissau

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NEW YORK, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Baso Sangqu ( South Africa):

The members of the Security Council were briefed on 10 January 2012 by B.

Yin Weimin, Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao to Attend Liberian President's Inauguration Ceremony

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BEIJING, China, January 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin announces at the regular press conference:

At the invitation of the Government of Liberia, Minister Yin Weimin of Human Resources and Social Security will attend President Sirleaf's inauguration ceremony as the Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao on January 16 in Monrovia.

Tunisians Celebrate Their Revolution One Year On

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TUNISIANS CELEBRATE THE FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE REVOLUTION IN TUNIS JANUARY 14, 2012.

Tunisians on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the revolution that started the "Arab Spring" with celebrations that were true to the spirit of the revolt: raucous, unscripted, and driven by the energy of ordinary people.

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Qaeda Militants Seize Yemen Town, Norwegian Kidnapped

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A VIEW OF THE OLD SANAA CITY IN SANAA JANUARY 14, 2012.
Al Qaeda militants have seized a small town southeast of Yemen's capital Sanaa Sunday in another setback to efforts to restore order after President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally handed over power following almost a year of mass protests against his rule.

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Two More Bodies Found On Italian Cruise Ship

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Divers found the bodies of two elderly men inside a capsized cruiseliner on Sunday, bringing the known death toll from a spectacular accident off Italy's coast to five, with another 70 people injured.

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U.N.: Houston oil tycoon, former NBA star team up in Congo gold deal involving North Texas jet

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The United Nations has issued a report on last year's botched attempt to export millions of dollars in Congo gold using a North Texas Gulfstream jet.

The report, issued last month, concludes that Houston oil tycoon Kase Lawal, founder of the energy firm CAMAC and a member of one of President Barack Obama's trade commissions, partnered with former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo to finance the deal.

Nigeria: responding to multiple situations of violence

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GENEVA, Switzerland, January 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing support for the Nigerian Red Cross to treat those injured in the recent wave of protests.

UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen Backs 'Small is Beautiful' Energy Solutions on First Official Fact-finding Mission to Africa / International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

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NAIROBI, Kenya, January 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On her first official visit to Africa, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and iconic face of fashion, Gisele Bündchen, went to the grassroots level in Kenya to experience the reality of energy poverty and to see how Kenyans are transforming their lives by accessing sustainable energy.

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Three Journalists Jailed Without Charges in Somaliland

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MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is extremely troubled by continued attacks against journalists by Somaliland police following the further arrest of two journalists in the town of Boorama on Wednesday 11, 2011 and Universal TV Reporter held without charges for the fourth day in the town of Las-Anod of Sool region.

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UNOCI chief meets Director of operations for the World Bank in Côte d'Ivoire

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ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, January 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire, Bert Koenders, on Thursday, 12 January 2012, met the World Bank's Director of Operations for Côte d'Ivoire, Bénin, Burkina Faso and Togo, Madani Tall, in Abidjan to discuss economic and security support to Ivorians.

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Education in Africa / TrustAfrica Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Support Innovation in Children's Education in Africa

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DAKAR, Sénégal, January 13, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- TrustAfrica (http://www.trustafrica.org) is the proud recipient of a $1.5 million grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support a project entitled “The Learning Innovation Fund.”

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