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CHINA/AFRICA: Chinese officials are defending their engagement with Africa, saying embargoes and sanctions against Sudan and other brutal African regimes do not work. China's special envoy for Africa Affairs and former envoy to Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region, Liu Guijin says China is offering a new type of engagement with Africa based on equality and mutual benefit. Next week Beijing hosts Sudan's war crime-indicted president President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who regime is a major investment partner for oil-hungry Beijing.
UN/RWANDA GENOCIDE: A U.N. court has sentenced a former Rwandan government minister to life in prison for her role in the 1994 genocide in that country. The United Nations-backed tribunal in Tanzania sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko Friday on charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and rape as a crime against humanity. She is the first woman sentenced by the court.
US/OBAMA/AFRICA: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is due in Botswana Friday on the latest stop of her African tour.
HUMA RIGHTS WATCH: Human Rights Watch wants the Senegalese government to investigate the recent violent assaults on two human rights activists in Dakar.
KENYA/SOMALIA: The U.N. refugee agency says it is shocked by what it describes as a ``dramatic'' rise in people fleeing Somalia to Kenya to escape war and famine.
SENEGAL/VICE PRESIDENT: Violent protests and opposition from his own party this week forced Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to give up changes that would have made it easier for him to win re-election. The reversal also disrupts Mr. Wade's plans for a vice presidency, which could have benefited his son.
SOUTH AFRICA/NUTRITION: While U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has left South Africa after an emotional visit, a U.S led initiative is already practicing what she preached -- ensuring healthy nutrition and wellness for at-risk students.
SUDAN/HUMAN RESOURCES: After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become an independent country on July 9th. The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions. It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend school. Cathy Majtenyi reports Southern Sudanese who fled the war and were educated abroad are returning home with knowledge and skills to build the new state.
SADC COURT: A judge from the region's court of last resort, the Southern African Development Community, tribunal has lashed out at the court's effective dissolution by member states. The majority of the SADC Tribunal's substantial rulings since it began work supported claims from Zimbabweans, white farmers and torture victims.