Rio+20: Africa sets sustainable development priorities

Around 340 million Africans have no access to safe drinking water/Photo/ReutersIn preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, African heads of state and ministers have been meeting on a consensus response. Africa's priority areas are highlighted below.

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Ethiopia, Sudan extradition agreement condemned

Ethiopia and Sudan on Wednesday signed an extradition agreement in Addis Ababa but there are fears that this may be a ploy to persecute Ethiopian opposition exiles in the neighbouring country.

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Euro-African divorce

Should Africa and Europe be heading for the divorce courts? This bad marriage first consummated over half a millennium ago now looks beyond redemption.

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Country Profile 2012: South Sudan

altIn its first year of independence, South Sudan is one of the most fragile states in the world. Despite the international welcome to its birth on 9 July 2011, its fortunes continue to be hostage to the government of Sudan in Khartoum. A number of old tensions remain between the former civil-war foes. 

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Sudan: War-war and jaw-jaw

altThe worsening military clashes around the border zones between Sudan and South Sudan are complicating negotiations between the two governments. 

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The road to hell

To borrow a little from Samuel Johnson, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and bad interventions.

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Sierra Leone: political tensions, arms-shipment and an upcoming election

President Ernest Koroma will be seeking a new presidential term in November 2012/Photo/ReutersThe Sierra Leone government has raised eyebrows around the international community after it imported several million dollars' worth of assault weapons...

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South Sudanese in Khartoum's camps of no return

altMore than 7000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children seeking to return to their recently independent country are living in severe conditions in camps in and around Khartoum and need "urgent assistance".

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Country Profile 2012: Eritrea

Eritrean President Isaia refuses any democratic reform, while the opposition remains divided. Food deficits and attracting foreign investment are priorities for the countries economy. 

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The dangers of carving up Somalia

 altThere is an unprecedented build-up of military force in Somalia. African Union peacekeepers are set to double to more than 17,000 while Kenya and Ethiopia...

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