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33 Candidates Vying for Benin Presidency

Benin goes to the polls Sunday to choose a new president, and the ballot is long – a record 33 candidates. Incumbent Thomas Boni Yayi is stepping down after serving his maximum of two...

E. African Community Allows South Sudan Membership

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is excited about the socio-economic and bilateral prospects for his country after the world’s newest nation officially became a member of the East African Community (EAC) on Wednesday. South...

US National Security Adviser Rice Praises CAR Elections

The U.S. National Security Council says National Security Adviser Susan Rice met Wednesday with the president of the transitional government of the Central African Republic to congratulate her on the country’s recent peaceful national...

ICC Mulls Unprecedented War Crimes Trial

Judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague began considering arguments Tuesday on whether to open the court’s first-ever war crimes trial targeting the destruction of religious or cultural heritage. Malian citizen Ahmad...

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