The future of South Sudan lies with the Arabs

When it emerged last week that the Arab League had refused a membership request by South Sudan — followed by a denial of such an application by a South Sudanese official, who said it had only asked to become an “observer” — I recalled an interview I carried out before secession with Salva Kiir Mayardit,

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Hundreds gather for Madrid protest after death of street vendor sparked riots

Hundreds of people held a peaceful protest in central Madrid on Friday to demand better police treatment of street vendors, a day after the death of a Senegalese man sparked clashes with riot police. On Thursday, 35-year-old Sengal street vendor Mame Mbaye Ndiaye suffered a heart attack in the street while walking away from police.

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Former South African president to face corruption trial

Former President Jacob Zuma will face trial after South Africa’s chief prosecutor announced Friday that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will reinstate several corruption and fraud charges against him in connection with a $2.5 billion arms deal in the late 1990s. “After consideration of the matter, I’m of the view that there are reasonable prospects

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S Sudan appoints new finance minister to revive economy

South Sudan this week got yet another finance minister as it struggles to halt the free fall of a war-ravaged economy, but analysts warn prospects are bleak as long as conflict and corruption go unaddressed. President Salva Kiir named Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, a former undersecretary in the finance ministry, to head the portfolio after sacking

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