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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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Reuters | Louis Charbonneau | July 29, 2011

UNITED NATIONS – A U.N. Security Council panel that has been deadlocked for months is prepared to release Libyan assets frozen under U.N. sanctions to purchase humanitarian aid, Portugal’s U.N. envoy said on Friday.

The two warring factions in Libya — those aligned with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebels fighting since February to oust him — have both asked the United Nations to free up Libyan assets to designated humanitarian agencies able to deliver aid. (more…)

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VOA News | July 28, 2011

At least six people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle to protect the flow of food aid against militant attacks.

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Politico | Meredith Shiner | June 13, 2011

The Senate Banking Committee will vote Thursday on a bipartisan bill to distribute an initial $4 billion in the Qadhafi government’s frozen assets to the Libyan people, the panel’s top two members announced Tuesday.

“The Libyan Assets for Humanitarian Relief Act” would authorize President Barack Obama to confiscate Qadhafi’s assets, use those resources exclusively for humanitarian aide to citizens of the war-torn nation and enable Congress to oversee the distribution of the funds. (more…)

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Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesman
May 19, 2011

The United States supports the Libyan people’s desire for legitimate reforms and a peaceful political transition. Unfortunately, the Qadhafi regime has responded to the people’s democratic aspirations with repression and violence, employing deadly and indiscriminate force against civilians and civilian populated areas. Following Qadhafi’s first brutal attacks on Libyan civilians, the United States, along with the international community, mobilized a broad coalition, secured an international mandate to protect civilians, stopped Qadhafi’s advance on Benghazi, prevented a humanitarian catastrophe, and established a no-fly zone and arms embargo. We also implemented our own unilateral response – including sanctions – to the Qadhafi regime’s atrocities. As part of the NATO-led coalition, the United States continues to provide critical support the mission to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas in Libya. (more…)

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Afrique en lingue

19 May, 2011

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The African Union (AU) has called for urgent African support for Somalia to enable it deal with a drought, worsened by huge displacement of populations due to the ongoing military operations in the country. An ongoing military offensive in Somalia, coupled with the worst drought in decades has displaced 2.4 million people in the Horn of African nation amid an escalating drop in funding the country’s relief operations. (more…)

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The New York Times, By Alissa J. Rubin

15 May, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Osama bin Laden’s death will allow “a new phase” in the United States’ relationship with Afghanistan, one that could include reductions in troops and spending, Senator John Kerry said while visiting here on Sunday. (more…)

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