10 Things You Need To Know Today
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WORLD CUP AFRICA: There will be a new format for African football teams to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Africa has a record number of 52 teams aiming for the next World Cup, with only Mauritania of the continent's FIFA members not joining the competition. The Confederation of African Football said on Tuesday that the qualifying process will begin before the end of this year.
ZIMBABWE/MUGABE: South Africa's ruling party says the health of Zimbabwe's aging President Robert Mugabe could affect talks on a new Zimbabwean constitution.
ECOWAS: A spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] says justice ministers have unanimously agreed on a common legal mechanism to combat cybercrimes in the sub-region.
MOZAMBIQUE/BUDGET: Lawmakers in Mozambique have increased the state budget by seven percent to cover extra food subsidies for the poor.
LIBYA: NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government's strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations.
UN/SUDAN: The United Nations Mission in Sudan ((UNMIS)) has denied a report that it is leaving the country's north ahead of south Sudan's independence in July.
RWANDA GENOCIDE: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has convicted two former military chiefs for their role in the country's 1994 genocide
GHANA/IVORY COAST: Ghana's President John Atta Mills says his country will not be used as a base to destabilize neighboring Ivory Coast.
SUDAN DARFUR: The joint U.N.-African Union mission in Sudan's Darfur region says the Sudanese army carried out airstrikes Sunday on two towns.
SOMALILAND: The self-declared country of Somaliland is celebrating its 20th anniversary, as officials renew their push for international recognition.