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UN Urges International Community Not to Give Up on South Sudan

As South Sudan marks its 10th year of independence, the U.N. refugee agency is calling on countries to continue support for the world’s youngest nation, which, it says, shows promising signs of creating a better future for its beleaguered population.Th…

Cameroon Begins Campaign Against Hate Speech

Cameroon has launched a campaign against what it calls online hate speech, which officials blame for social conflict and damaging the central African state’s image. Rights groups, however, note that along with xenophobic statements, authorities also d…

As France Plans to Shrink Sahel Force, Jihadi Threat Grows

During a grueling, weekslong mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the same strict Islamic rule that preceded France’s military intervention here more than eight years ago.Traumatize…

Hundreds of Women, Girls Brutalized by Soldiers in Tigray War?

The stories are eerily similar.Soldiers came to their homes and demanded to know the whereabouts of their husbands, fathers or brothers, insisting the men were fighters with Tigrayan forces at war with the government of Ethiopia.When the men were nowhe…

Egypt, Sudan Oppose Ethiopia Filling Nile Dam

Egypt and Sudan have rejected Ethiopia’s initiative to start without prior agreement the second phase of filling its controversial Nile dam, an operation that risks escalating tension ahead of a Security Council meeting Thursday. Egypt announced Monda…