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April 4 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Apr 4 2014, 10:40:12

As the African Union prepares to reconvene talks between the Sudanese Government and rebel leaders, the stakes for peace and for civilians affected by the conflict are higher than ever. February 2014 was the deadliest month for civilians in South Kordofan due to aerial bombardment since 2011. In Darfur, a brutal surge of state-sponsored violence has led to the displacement of 215,000 individuals in the first three months alone. Efforts to deal with these recent challenges have been fragmented in their responses with key actors being left out of negotiations and the absence of a holistic negotiation strategy leaves the changes for real and substantial peace slim. Both the A.U. Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the Commission's Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma have "publicly ...

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From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Apr 4 2014, 08:41:00

The European Union Ambassador to Swaziland Nicole Bellomo and the US Ambassador to Swaziland Makila James both visited the High Court on Friday (4 April 2014) in solidarity with the magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko who have been jailed on remand after writing articles critical of Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi and the Swazi judiciary.

The unprecedented show of solidarity was the latest turn of events in a saga that started on 17 March 2014 when both men were arrested and charged with contempt of court. Makhubu and Maseko were remanded in custody by CJ Ramodibedi, the man who was on the receiving end the writers' criticism in articles published in the Nation, a monthly comment magazine in Swaziland.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Apr 4 2014, 06:27:00

Social media in Swaziland are beating mainstream media to the punch in the coverage of the arrest and jailing of a magazine editor and a human rights lawyer.

Bheki Makhubu, editor of the Nation magazine and Thulani Maseko were arrested on 17 March 2014 and charged with contempt of court for writing articles in the magazine critical of the Swazi judiciary and Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi in particular.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Apr 4 2014, 06:23:14

Michael Schumacher now has "moments of consciousness and awakening", his spokeswoman said Friday, a hopeful sign of progress more than three months after the Formula One legend had a devastating ski accident in France.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Apr 4 2014, 05:26:37

French footballer Nicolas Anelka has courted fresh controversy in France, saying Prime Minister Manuel Valls moved to ban shows by the inflammatory comic Dieudonné in January under pressure from his Jewish wife.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Apr 4 2014, 04:04:10

A man dressed in a police uniform shot two female AP journalists in Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police sources said. The attack comes a day before the country votes in presidential elections.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Fri Apr 4 2014, 02:15:27

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 shifted underwater on Friday, with a high-tech US Navy "black box" locator deployed for the first time as the remaining battery life of the plane's cockpit data recorder dwindled.

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April 3 2014

From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Apr 3 2014, 21:30:06

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, discussing better security cooperation in the Maghreb region in one of his longest appearances since suffering a stroke a year ago.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Thu Apr 3 2014, 20:44:26

The soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas on Wednesday was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a rampage, the base commander said on Thursday.

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From Zambian Economist Thu Apr 3 2014, 18:52:00

Editor's note : A good editorial in the Daily Nation on an important issue. It is telling though that the Daily Nation believes that it has to quote the World Bank to substantiate a very basic point. It is a shame that 50 years after independence an opinion carries more weight when it is buttressed by foreign organisations and not poor ordinary Zambians. As I have repeatedly said Zambians have to learn to increasingly think for themselves if the country is to move forward. It would have made more sense to quote a Zambian education institution on these issues. Where are the academics?

Apart from all other negative influences that have driven the Kwacha into a free fall is the unmanageable wage award granted to public service workers which has driven the cost of Government beyond acceptable ...

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