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Sudan Darfur donor conference raises $3.6bn

Donor countries have pledged $3.6bn (£2bn) for the development and reconstruction of Sudan’s Darfur region, to be paid over six years. The announcement was made at the end of a two-day international donor forum hosted by the Gulf state of Qatar. Organisers had sought some $7.2bn in development aid aimed at making the region more self-sufficient. Around 300,000 people are thought to have died during a decade of conflict in Darfur, according to UN estimates. As many as 1.4 million remain homeless. The pledged figure includes $2.65bn from the government in Khartoum as part of a peace deal signed in Qatar in 2011. “These pledges cover more than the $177m … Continue reading

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Qatar hosts two-day conference on reconstruction of Darfur

  The Gulf state of Qatar is hosting a two-day conference on development and reconstruction in Sudan’s Darfur region. The conference is seeking some $7.2bn (£4.7bn) in development aid aimed at making Darfur more self-dependent. Ahead of the meeting, the UK announced it would contribute at least £33m. Some 300,000 people are thought to have died during a decade of conflict in Darfur, according to UN estimates. As many as 1.4 million remain homeless. Sceptics say efforts to bring peace to Darfur are flawed, pointing to continued instability and division. Demonstrations against the Qatar conference took place across Darfur on Friday, AFP news agency reported. Activists said the protests were … Continue reading

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Rainfall around Karamoja brings hope to pastoralists

The current rainfall  in Karamoja sub region in the Northeastern Uganda has lifted  up the hopes of the Karimojong pastoralists in the region.The three day continuous heavy rains that some parts of the region have received so far has pleased the pastoralist who had fears of drought affecting their animals. The London Evening Post learned that the severe drought that had hit the region for closely to six month had created panic among the Karimojong pastoralists in the Northeastern Uganda with many of them opting to cross to the neighboring districts of Teso in search of water and pasture for their animals as one Mark Losigiria in Napak District commented. … Continue reading

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Qatari forces to remain in Libya after NATO leaves

Hundreds of Qatari soldiers joined rebel forces as they battled Muammar Qaddafi’s troops, a military official said yesterday, shedding fresh light on the extent of the country’s military involvement in Libya. Doha has been at the forefront in supporting the eight-month Libyan uprising, which ended when Qaddafi was captured and killed last week. Along with the UAE, the nation lent the support of its air force to Nato-led operations to protect civilians and was the first Arab country to recognise the rebel council as representing the Libyan people. But Major General Hamad bin Ali Attiya’s comments yesterday at a meeting in Doha of military allies of Libya’s National Transitional Council … Continue reading

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Arab and Western leaders tell Gaddafi it is time to go

Qatari Prime Minister and owner of London’s posh Harrods store, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabra al Thani The newly formed international “contact group” on Libya has called for Muammar Gaddafi to stand down as leader. It said his continued presence threatened any resolution of the crisis in the country, and that Libyans should be allowed to determine their future. The call came in a final statement read out by Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani at a summit on Libya in Doha. Rebels seeking to topple Col Gaddafi made their first high-profile diplomatic appearance at the summit. The contact group also agreed to continue … Continue reading

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