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The number of refugees worldwide is going up

There are now more than 45.2 million displaced people — 15.4 million refugees, 937,000 asylum seekers and 28.8 million forced to flee within the borders of their own countries. The crisis is at its worst since 1994, according to a report released today by the United Nations. And more unaccompanied children sought asylum last year than ever before.

Analysis: Is The Hague racist?

NAIROBI — As the African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary, its position on the International Criminal Court shows how little has changed from the bad old days when its members’ fondness for looking after each other at the expense of their people earned it the nickname the “Dictators’ Club."

Africa has greater potential than India: Stanchart

Suicide car bomber his Qatari convoy in Mogadishu, killing at least eight Somalis

A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of Qatari officials in central Mogadishu has reportedly killing eight Somalis.

Somalia famine killed nearly 260,000 people: report

The report, created by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network, shows that half of the dead were children under the age of five. It also noted that the number of deaths in the most recent famine was higher than the estimated 220,000 who died during the country's 1992 famine.

UN peacekeepers head to Mali, where there is no peace

NAIROBI — Thousands of UN peacekeepers could be headed to Mali as early as July. The UN troops, which could number more than 12,000, would replace a French force that has been battling back Al Qaeda-linked militants since January. 

Somalia reporter killed in fourth journalist murder this year

Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh, a reporter for Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu, was killed as he returned home from work.

Mogadishu court attack kills at least 16 people

"Armed men entered the court and then we heard a blast. Then they started opening fire. We do not know the number of casualties," said court employee Hussein Ali.

How to fight Africa’s wars

NAIROBI — For Western nations, wars in far off places like Mali and Somalia cannot be ignored, though they might wish they could. US and European governments worry that Al Qaeda groups in Africa might threaten their citizens and interests — at home and abroad — and while France was willing to briefly intervene in Mali, most are wary of entrenching their own troops in potential quagmires on the continent. A cooperative model, where African armies supply the soldiers and the West provides the rest, might offer a way forward.  
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