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Jan 31, 2014

First S.Sudan ceasefire monitors to arrive shortly – mediators

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – A regional African group
mediating to end the conflict in South Sudan aims to deploy the
first monitors of a shaky ceasefire at the weekend, senior
officials said on Friday.

The IGAD group also joined international calls for the
release of the last four of a group of detainees in South Sudan
whom the government is investigating over charges they plotted a
coup, but whose continued detention could hinder peace talks.

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. urges South Sudan to free last detainees to secure peace

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The United States called on
South Sudan on Thursday to release the last four of a group of
detainees held on suspicion of trying to stage a coup, a move
that could clear a major sticking point in talks to end weeks of
fighting.

The senior political figures were arrested after clashes
broke out between rival groups of soldiers in South Sudan’s
capital Juba in mid-December and quickly spread across the
oil-producing nation along ethnic lines, killing thousands.

Jan 30, 2014

Somali president wants waiver on arms embargo extended

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Somalia’s president said he wanted the U.N. Security Council to extend a partial lifting of an arms embargo beyond its March expiry because Somali troops need more and better equipment to battle al Qaeda-aligned insurgents.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud also said in an interview that he was working to improve public finances management after the resignation of two central bank governors last year rattled Western and other donors.

Jan 29, 2014

Norway says time for Uganda to reduce troops in S. Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Uganda should start
withdrawing troops from South Sudan, where they have been
backing government forces against rebels, to avoid worsening a
crisis in the world’s newest state, major donor Norway said on
Wednesday.

The comments were the clearest statement of concern from a
member of the troika of South Sudan’s main Western backers about
the impact of Uganda’s military presence.

Jan 15, 2014

Kenya edges towards oil production, hurdles remain

NAIROBI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tullow Oil’s two new
finds have moved Kenya closer to oil producer status but
reaching that milestone requires developing fields in a remote
region, constructing an export route and building local skills
in a nation new to the business.

Britain’s Tullow on Tuesday doubled its estimate of
discoveries to 600 million barrels in the Lokichar basin, an
arid corner of the east African nation, which wants to put
itself at the centre of a regional oil boom in the making.

Dec 24, 2013

How South Sudan leaders squandered nation-building effort

JUBA/NAIROBI, Dec 24 (Reuters) – At a well-attended investor
conference in South Sudan’s capital just three weeks ago,
President Salva Kiir declared that the world’s newest country
was “at last safe” and open for business.

It was a bold assertion from a nation that only gained
independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades mired in conflict.
It suggested the moment had come to cap a huge international
effort to build a state. But it proved spectacularly ill-timed.

Dec 24, 2013

Analysis: How South Sudan leaders squandered nation-building effort

JUBA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – At a well-attended investor conference in South Sudan’s capital in early December, President Salva Kiir declared that the world’s newest country was “at last safe” and open for business.

It was a bold assertion from a nation that only gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades mired in conflict. It suggested the moment had come to cap a huge international effort to build a state. But it proved spectacularly ill-timed.

Dec 13, 2013

Rwandan court extends jail term of opposition politician

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s supreme court extended the jail term of an opposition politician on Friday to 15 years from eight after she sought to overturn her initial conviction for trying to undermine the state and minimizing the 1994 genocide.

Rights groups have described the conduct of Victoire Ingabire’s trial as flawed. Human Rights Watch said some of the charges were politically motivated and the trial raised questions about the independence of the judiciary.

Dec 6, 2013

In Africa, many want a new Mandela to heal wealth divide

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Mourning the loss of a man who bridged South Africa’s racial divide, many Africans hope their leaders today will be inspired by Nelson Mandela to heal another rift widening dangerously across the continent: the wealth gap.

“We need the next Mandela to fight for the poor,” said Thomas Kozzih, 30, a community worker in Nairobi’s Kibera slum – an expanse of metal shacks butting up against smart new flats that testify to Africa’s new growth that has left many behind.

Nov 19, 2013

Investigators piece together plot to attack Kenya mall

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Four gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall in September came to Kenya about four months earlier and some had exercised at a gym in an area of the Kenyan capital popular with Somalis, Western officials with knowledge of the investigation said.

Kenyan police, with help from several Western nations, are piecing together events leading up to the assault on Westgate mall, which killed at least 67 people and which highlighted the reach of Somalia’s al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group Al Shabaab.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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