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US diplomats evacuated as fresh fighting breaks out in South Sudan

Gunfire could be heard through the capital Juba on Tuesday after the government said it had defeated an attempted coup.

Fighting erupts between South Sudan troops: Witnesses

JUBA — Fighting erupted between South Sudanese soldiers overnight around the capital and gunfire and explosions could still be heard on Monday morning, witnesses in Juba said, following months of tension after the president sacked his deputy. Jok Madut Jok, Chairman of South Sudan's Sudd Institute think tank in Juba, told Reuters it was believed that soldiers loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, who was sacked by President Salva Kiir in July, had initiated the fighting.

The US executes more people every year than Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan.

So here in the United States, it’s worth revisiting a debate that nearly every other developed nation has already sorted out: Is it a human right NOT to be legally murdered by your own government?

Turns out almost 70 percent of the world's nations are seriously corrupt

For 20 years, Transparency International has kept us informed about corruption around the world.   Every year, the group quantifies these harms in its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks nations and territories and assigns each a corruption score. This year's CPI found that 69 percent of the world's countries are seriously corrupt or worse. Regionally, Eastern Europe and Central Asia ranked the worse, Western Europe and the EU the best. Here are the winners and losers from the CPI 2013.

How climate change is helping Al Qaeda (VIDEO)

NAIROBI and GAO — To get a better idea of how climate change can worsen conflict in the Sahel, an environmentally fragile zone that stretches across Africa just south of the Sahara desert, GlobalPost spoke with three experts on the topic — and to nomads in Mali who've experienced phenomenon firsthand.

Sudan government, rebels block vaccination drive

The Sudan government and a key rebel group are refusing to let UN workers vaccinate 160,000 children against polio in conflict-stricken states.

George Clooney wants you to drink this coffee

NAIROBI — The Hollywood star says the coffee industry could be 'game-changing' for South Sudan. He might be right. As the massive global industry wakes up to South Sudan’s untapped potential resource, purveyors of joe from Texas to Switzerland are turning an eye toward the newly independent country.

Survey: Africans say continent's macroeconomic growth isn't helping them

JOHANNESBURG — The findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey of 34 countries, released Tuesday, puts into sharp relief the continent’s much-vaunted GDP growth rates by looking instead at the daily lives of Africans, who say they are not benefiting from economic growth.

Over 19,000 refugees flee conflict in eastern South Sudan: UN

JUBA (Reuters) - More than 19,000 people have fled fighting raging in the east of South Sudan and sought refuge in neighboring countries since the start of the year, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Almost 12,000 have entered Ethiopia from South Sudan's Jonglei state, where the army is trying to put down a rebellion. Some 5,000 South Sudanese have crossed the border to Kenya, and another 2,500 to Uganda.

Sudan: Protests strengthen against 'killer' Bashir

Thousands call for the resignation of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
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