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Visit to Italy, May 2009

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somaliaHardline Islamist insurgents in Somalia’s capital fired mortar bombs at the presidential palace and attacked African Union (AU) peacekeepers on Saturday night at the end of a second day of heavy fighting.

Government forces and rebels blasted shells at each other in the afternoon and fighters clashed in parts of Mogadishu. Two people were killed and 10 wounded near Bakara Market, an al-Shabaab rebel stronghold. Fighting on Friday killed at least 45.

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facebook‘Shun pro-West candidates’

Tehran – Iran has blocked access to Facebook ahead of June presidential polls because supporters of an opposition candidate were using the social networking site to push his platform, Ilna news agency said on Saturday.
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eritrea_politicalThe African Union (AU) on Friday called on the United Nations Security Council to take “immediate measures” to impose sanctions on Eritrea over its support for Islamist insurgents in Somalia.

It specifically asked for “the imposition of an aerial exclusion zone in Somalia and the blockade of ports and airports [and] sanctions against Eritrea” said Epiphanie Kabushemeye, president of the AU’s peace and security council.
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0 - MalawiMalawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika won re-election on Friday in a ballot widely viewed as a test for political stability in the southern African country, but the opposition said he rigged the vote.

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IdealogoA vital task of democracy-building is understanding the links between national elections and the wider dynamics of democratic change, says Andrew Ellis.

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Slide11…To brief Mills on his South Africa trip

For the first time in almost nine years that he left office as President of the Republic of Ghana, Former President Rawlings was at the Osu Castle last Friday to meet the incumbent President John Evans Atta Mills to brief him on his recent trip to South Africa.
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