Africa

3:32pm

Fri November 23, 2012
Africa

Rebel Advances In Congo Send Civilians Fleeing

Originally published on Fri November 23, 2012 5:29 pm

To escape fighting, thousands of civilians flee the town of Sake in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday. Rebels captured Sake and made other advances in the area this week. Eastern Congo and the larger region have been the scene of frequent fighting over the past two decades.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

It's a scene that's become wearily repetitive in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo: An uprising drives out poorly trained government troops, creating havoc and sending large numbers of refugees fleeing for their lives.

This time the rebel group is M23, or March 23. Their revolt began this spring, and earlier this week they took Goma, an important town on the country's eastern border, just across Lake Kivu from Rwanda. The rebels then proceeded to take the next town over, Sake.

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10:28pm

Thu November 22, 2012
Africa

Sierra Leone Holds A Vote, Not A War, On Diamonds

Originally published on Fri November 23, 2012 11:53 am

A diamond prospector filters earth from a river in Koidu, the capital of diamond-rich Kono district in eastern Sierra Leone. Koidu suffered some of the worst ravages of Sierra Leone's war in the 1990s as rebels forced citizens to mine at gunpoint. Ten years after the conflict, diamonds remain a contentious issue.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Sierra Leone's "blood diamonds" helped fuel atrocities in the impoverished West African nation in the 1990s. The war has now been over for a decade, and the country's most valuable resource is no longer known as the product of a conflict. But it remains a contentious issue.

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6:19am

Wed November 21, 2012
The Two-Way

In Congo, Rebels Take Key City

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 7:29 am

A M23 rebel in the streets of Goma.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

2:35pm

Mon November 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Violence in Congo Is The Worst in Four Years

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 4:29 pm

Fleeing the fighting: Internally displaced Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, near Goma, as they seek shelter from the violence.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

9:14am

Fri November 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

Global Fund Moves To Discontinue Project Subsidizing Malaria Drugs

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:23 pm

A controversial pilot project reduced the cost of the most effective malaria drugs by giving manufacturers, such as Guilin Pharmaceutical in China, subsidies.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

One of the world's largest health funding agencies — the Global Fund — made two big decisions Thursday.

The fund appointed Dr. Mark Dybul as its new executive director. Dybul is best known for leading the international fight against HIV during the Bush's administration through the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS.

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