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NIGERIA TERRORISM: Nigeria officially launches a government committee to negotiate with militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for numerous bloody attacks in the north and in the capital, Abuja, this year but has not yet said whether it will accept this most recent invitation to dialogue. Members of the group told VOA that they are wary of any dealmaking with the government.
GUINEA/ARMY: Guinea's President Alpha Conde has said he trusts his army, despite an attempt on his life by mutinous soldiers two weeks ago. In an interview with VOA , Mr. Conde said the army is undergoing changes and is now a “republican army,” under civilian control.
HORN OF AFRICA DROUGHT: An international relief agency says the international community is not acting fast enough to address the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.
US/ZIMBABWE: The U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe says the United States is not against the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe.
LIBERIA VOTE: Liberia's main opposition party is challenging the impartiality of the electoral commission ahead of a constitutional referendum that will determine the conduct of this year's presidential vote.
SOMALIA/ISLAMIC AID/UN: The humanitarian director for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation -- the largest Islamic charity working in Somalia -- tells VOA the U.N. World Food Program has not been forthcoming with the aid it has promised to distribute through local Muslim NGO's, despite their agreements.
UN/SOMALIA FAMINE: The United Nations says all regions of southern Somalia are likely to be facing famine within the coming weeks. The UN refugee agency says humanitarian assistance is severely hampered by the ongoing fighting in the capital Mogadishu amid fears of spreading famine. The UN Children's Fund reports there are more than 2.3 million acutely malnourished children in the Horn of Africa. UNICEF warns more than one half million will die if they do not get help within weeks.
SOUTH AFRICA/STRIKE: South African gold miners have ended a five-day strike after reaching a new wage deal with four mining firms.
ZIMBABWE/US: The U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe says the United States is not against the party of President Robert Mugabe, which it has accused of human rights abuses.
SIERRA LEONE: Sierra Leone's main opposition party has named a former coup leader as its presidential candidate. Retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio will lead the ticket of the Sierra Leone People's Party in next year's elections.