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Egypt calls for US support against ISIS

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo©ReutersThe United States has sent its top diplomat to Egypt after Cairo requested military aid and the formation of a regional coalition to fight the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

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The agile bed-ridden president runs

From Ghana's election sleuths, John Kerry's conundrum, Algeria's surprisingly agile bed-ridden president, to Ethiopian students protesting against the import of a "globally fluent" city, yours truly brings you a mix of insider political gossip and backstory tidbits.

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Libya: New Parliament, Islamists, and power sharing

More than 200 people have been killed in the recent fighting in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi. Photo©ReutersLibya's weak parliament has failed to bolster national unity as the eastern and western parts of the country continue to tear apart in fighting, three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

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Anansi: Conundrums and Credibility

Our political insider throws the spotlight on four key issues this month: the monitoring of South Africa's elections by Ghana's political heavyweights; Algerian President, Bouteflicka's fight to to refind legitmacy; US John Kerry's deft diplomacy; and the fear of Ethiopia's Oromia.

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Egypt and U.S resume ties on progressive conditions

Washington wants new President Al-Sisi to build a more inclusive government. Photo©ReutersThe United States has resumed its bilateral ties with Egypt following early signs of progressive policies by the North African country's new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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South Sudan leaders accused of lack of concern for human lives

A top United Nations (UN) envoy has accused South Sudanese leaders of being power hungry at the expense of the people.

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US secretary of State headed for Ethiopia, DRC, Angola

John Kerry - US Secretary of State. Photo©ReutersUnited States secretary of State John Kerry is set to start his visit of three African countries on Tuesday in an effort to promote peace and security on the continent.

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Uganda to pull out of South Sudan gradually

Uganda says it sent troops to South Sudan after after an invitation from the ruling government of Salva Kiir. File Photo©ReutersUganda says it will consider a gradual pull out of troops from South Sudan after the United States, Norway and Ethiopia publicly requested the East African country withdraw its soldiers.

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Nigeria's President Jonathan looks north

Nigerian President Goodluck JonathanIn the view of many security experts, the growing insurgency in northern nigeria is turning into the biggest threat to the country's security since the civil war four decades ago.

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Egypt: The democratic debacle after Morsi

the now-iconic image of Morsi supporters and police/Photo©AFPIn his first public address to the country on 18 July, interim president Adly Mansour, the man the generals chose to lead the post-Mohamed Morsi transition, said there would be no going back, accusing his opponents of wanting to steer the country into chaos.

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Nigeria in all-out war against terror group, Boko Haram

Nigerian military patrols are ongoing to secure towns and villages from infiltration by Boko Haram insurgents/ File Photo©ReutersThe Nigerian government has vowed to crush insurgents in the northern states, accusing militant Islamist groups of fighting to divide the country.

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New UN arms trade treaty and Africa

File photo©ReutersIs Africa the biggest benefactor of the United Nations treaty that prohibits states from exporting conventional weapons in violation of arms embargoes?

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