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African Union force to hunt Joseph Kony

The African Union is launching a new military force to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony.

Sudan: Clooney charges war crimes committed in Nuba Mountains (PHOTOS)

Hollywood actor George Clooney advocates for Sudan's Nuba Mountains with the Enough Project.

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Nuba Mountains in Sudan is the new advocacy hotspot.

OK, not quite as hot as #KONY2012 but pretty hot nonetheless.

After all, Kristoff's been there and now Clooney.

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The New York Times' Nicholas Kristoff dodged Antonov bombers; Hollywood actor/director George Clooney went one better and dodged a rocket attack, as he told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Tuesday evening.

Here's a video of Clooney in the Nuba Mountains with John Prendergast of the Enough Project:

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Wildlife News: South Sudan opens Boma National Park

New wildlife park opens in Boma, a huge national reserve in South Sudan's Jonglei State.
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This photo shows Boma National Park Headquarters opening ceremony in the Republic of South Sudan on Mar. 8, 2012. Photo © Paul Elkan WCS (Paul Elkan/Courtesy)

NAIROBI, Kenya — Last year GlobalPost reported on the surprising discovery of one of the world's largest animal migrations in southern Sudan, then a soon-to-be-independent country that had only emerged from a hugely damaging decades-long civil war a few years earlier.

The story showed how by protecting its remaining wildlife South Sudan (as its now known) could attract tourists and help diversify its economy away from a near total reliance on oil exports. Reporting this story from Boma National Park made a refreshing change from all the politics, warlike rhetoric and worrying divisions that threaten to topple the new nation.

So it was great to hear that last week the Wildlife Conservation Society and the government of South Sudan have opened the new park headquarters in Boma, a huge national reserve in Jonglei State where much of the recent tit-for-tat ethnic violence has been carried out. The HQ and the wider conservation program are funded by USAID.

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Speaking at the opening ceremony General Kuol Manyang Juuk, Governor of Jonglei State, said: “Wildlife is an abundant resource in South Sudan that we have to preserve and use as a source of income. Oil will one day finish, but tourism will continue forever if we maintain our wildlife."

WCS South Sudan Director Dr Paul Elkan described the opening as “another major step toward establishing a functioning network of national parks and reserves across South Sudan, which will provide protection for the country’s exceptional wildlife and great migrations, and provide a platform for creating partnerships to improve security—for the benefit of both wildlife and local communities."

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It is hoped that before too long the infrastructure will be in place to allow first tourists to go to Boma to see for themselves the spectacle of the antelope migration and in doing so help change the all too common perception of South Sudan as a place of nothing but strife.

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South Sudan expels Chinese oil firm chief

In a letter to Liu Yingcai from South Sudan’s petroleum minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, one of the reasons behind Liu’s expulsion was his decision to continue paying Sudan oil-transit fees using South Sudanese oil money without the government’s consent.

South Sudan halves budget after oil shutdown

South Sudan government officials announced Monday that they would cut government spending by half just weeks after halting the oil production.

Famine being used as a weapon of war

Sudan creates food shortages to reduce rebels and supporters in South Kordofan.
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Two-year-old Dhoal's bones show as he sits in his mother's lap in a ward for children suffering from severe malnutririon at a local hospital in the southeast Sudanese town of Akobo on Apr. 10, 2010. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
NAIROBI — The places where malnutrition is most likely to reach famine levels are where there is ongoing conflict: South Kordofan and Blue Nile states on the border areas of Sudan and South Sudan.
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South Sudan threatened by ethnic conflict (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

The Lou Nuer and Murle tribes have raided each others' villages for years, but violence has escalated dramatically in recent attacks.

Dozens killed in shoot-out at South Sudan peace meeting

Local officials from the states of Unity, Lakes and Warrap had been brought by the UN to the remote Unity town of Mayendit in an attempt to quell inter-ethnic tensions and bring a halt to a spate of cattle raids. 

Chinese workers kidnapped by Sudan rebels in South Kordofan (UPDATES)

The Chinese workers were reportedly building a road in South Kordofan when their camp was attacked.
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