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UN Urges Action On Marking Disputed Sudan-South Sudan Border

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Sudan Urges UN To Double South Sudan Regional Force

The Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the UN peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border for the last time unless both countries demonstrate “measurable progress” on marking their border.

A resolution adopted by the UN’s most powerful body on Thursday sets out seven specific measures that Sudan and South Sudan must take in the next six months for the force to remain, at a reduced level of just under 4 000 troops.

The 2005 peace deal that led to South Sudan’s independence required both sides to work out the final status of oil-rich Abyei, but it is still unresolved.

The measures the council spelled out that Sudan and South Sudan must take include complete withdrawal by both countries from the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone.

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Court Orders Jacob Zuma To Payback Legal Fees

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Court Orders Jacob Zuma To Payback Legal Fees

South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma will have to pay back his legal fees.

A high court ruling has instructed the state attorney to recover the money the state paid in legal costs for Zuma over the past decade.  It could total more than two million dollars.

Zuma will also have to find the money to pay his lawyers in his ongoing corruption case, which has been adjourned until may next year.

The state has been footing Zuma’s legal bills since 2006 – when charges of corruption were first laid against him.

The former president faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering stemming from hundreds of payments made to him in relation to South Africa’s arms procurement deal. The charges were dropped in 2009 but reinstated earlier this year.

Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

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Cameroon Separatists Launch Crypto-currency

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Cameroon Separatists Launch Crypto-currency

Separatists in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have launched their own crypto-currency called “Ambacoin.”

They want to create a breakaway state called Ambazonia, and this currency is the latest symbol of nationhood that rebels have attempted to adopt, along with their blue-and-white flag and anthem.

The currency said to be conceived and built by a group of anonymous anglophone separatist scholars, technocrats and developers, is currently on pre-sale ahead of the “main initial coin offering” scheduled for next week.

Cameroon’s official currency is the Central African Franc (CFA), which is linked to France’s national treasury. Some Cameroonians have called for the cfa to be scrapped because it is considered a “colonial currency.”

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Gunmen Kill Tuareg Civilians In Mali

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Gunmen Kill Tuareg Civilians In Mali

Gunmen on motorbikes are said to have killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in north Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are concerns.

The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region used by jihadist groups to launch attacks in the country and across West Africa.

The identities of the assailants were unknown, but disputes between the nomadic Tuareg and herder Fulani ethnic groups have killed hundreds and displaced thousands this year.

Mayor of Menaka town, Nanout Kotia, says armed men shot indiscriminately at the Tinabaw population, and that security forces had been sent to the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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