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SOUTH AFRICA POL: South Africa's ruling African National Congress said Friday it is not dropping disciplinary charges against its Youth League leader Julius Malema.
AFRICA/LIBYA: Officials from the African Union say the organization is not yet ready to recognize Libya's transitional council but that they are encouraged by promises the council has made.
US/DROUGHT AID: The United States says it will provide an additional $23 million to combat the drought in the Horn of Africa, including $10 million specifically for Somalia. The U.S. Agency for International Development announced the aid Thursday. It said U.S. drought and famine assistance now totals more than $600 million, the largest total given by any single country.
DRC/PROTEST: Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired tear gas Thursday to break up demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in the voter rolls. Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in the capital, Kinshasa to demand an audit of the election register.
LIBYA: Members of Libya's interim ruling council are working with foreign officials to find out specific ways to help their country emerge from the months-long fight against Moammar Gadhafi. The Friday session in Paris comes a day after world leaders also meeting there pledged $15 billion in financial and humanitarian support to Libya's provisional government.
SUDAN/UNREST: The Sudanese army and forces aligned with newly independent South Sudan clashed on in Blue Nile state along the border on Friday.
LIBYA/WEST: For decades, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi cultivated allies in sub-Saharan Africa, funneling billions of dollars in aid and investment. Now, Libyans say, their nation should develop close ties with Europe. the United States and modern Arab nations. Relations with Russia and other historic allies of Gadhafi will be a lower priority.
LIBYA/MIGRANTS: The International Organization for Migration reports it is receiving an increasing number of reports of migrants in need of assistance and protection in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. IOM says sub-Saharan migrants are among the most vulnerable. It says some are targeted because they are thought to have been mercenaries fighting for Gadhafi. It says a number are stranded at a fishing port and many are too scared to return to their home countries where their lives might be at risk.
KENYA/DROUGHT/PASTORALISM: Experts meeting in Nairobi this week to look at options for mitigating drought-induced food shortages say pastoralism is the best land-use practice in the region's drylands. They looked at ways to help pastoralists maintain their lifestyle.
UNHC/SOMALI REFUGEES: The UN refugee agency says it is extremely concerned about the increasingly poor health of recent Somali arrivals in Ethiopia. It says about 19 percent of children arriving in the Dollo Ado area are severely malnourished. The UNHCR and other agencies are planning to increase food distribution and open additional centers for nutritional feeding.