Africa

Mediators Try to Avert Civil War in South Sudan

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African mediators said they held “productive” talks on Friday with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, trying to prevent an almost week-long conflict plunging the world’s newest nation into an ethnic civil war. In a sign of the nervousness among South Sudan’s neighbors, Ugandan soldiers flew in to help evacuate their citizens. Kiir, a member of the Dinka ethnic group, has accused...

Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Demonstration

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The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests in response to the military movement that led to the fall of former President Mohamed Morsi. An Islamist coalition, led by the Brotherhood, urged people on Thursday to take part in a “Friday of Rejection” protest following weekly prayers. The call is being seen as a test of whether Morsi still has a support base in the country, and how ...

Egypt Swears In New Interim Leader

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The top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, a day after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest. Mansour said fresh elections were “the only way” forward, but gave no indication of when they would be held. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, is under house arrest after what he says was ...