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19 January 2005 - NewsfromAfrica

AFRICA/GLOBAL: UN CALL TO HARNESS AID FOR OTHER CRISES
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=101182
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The United Nations urged governments on January 11, 2005 to harness the unprecedented outpouring of support for the tsunami disaster and help more than 20 million other people caught in "forgotten" crises around the world. According to the Consolidated appeal for 2005, the top 14 areas in need of help are: Occupied Palestinian Territories, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Somalia, Uganda, Eritrea, West Africa, Burundi, Great Lakes Region of Africa, Chechnya, Guinea, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Congo.
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DRC/IVORY COAST: AU URGES ACTION TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11685138.htm

The African Union called on the international community to take tougher action in Ivory Coast and Congo, two of the continent's biggest crises that risk destabilising their wider regions. Thirteen heads of state and ministers from at least 10 other nations met late into Monday night to try to revive faltering peace efforts in the two countries as well as in Sudan's Darfur region, anxious to show the African Union (AU) is more than just a talking shop.
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DRC: CLASHES 'THREATEN POLL'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4153587.stm
The security situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses serious challenges for planned June elections, a UN report warns. The report from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says rebel groups from Rwanda are still operating in the area. The UN's humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said on Thursday that about 1,000 people are dying every day in DR Congo.
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EQUATORIAL GUINEA: THATCHER PLEADS GUILTY IN COUP PLOT
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Sir Mark Thatcher pleaded guilty Thursday to unwittingly helping to finance a foiled coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea in exchange for a $506,000 fine and suspended jail sentence. Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, admitted in the Cape High Court that he paid to charter a helicopter, which mercenaries planned to use in their attempted takeover. But he maintains he believed it was to be used for humanitarian purposes, according to his lawyers and a person close to the family.
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