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Joseph Kony about to surrender

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The leader of the Lord’s Resistant Army (LRA) Joseph Kony is in surrender talks with the government of the Central African Republic (CAR).

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. This is the first time in many years that his location is revealed.

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Joseph Kony

On Wednesday, the African Union’s special envoy in the LRA told the UN Security Council that Konuy was suffering from a “serious and uncharacterized illness”.

Joseph Kony and the estimated 200-500 fighters of his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have waged war in Uganda and the region for more than two decades. He claims the LRA’s mission is to install a government in Uganda based on the Biblical Ten Commandments.

But his rebels have terrorised large swathes of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the CAR and he is wanted by the International Criminal Court accused of rape, mutilation and murder of civilians, as well as forcibly recruiting children to serve as soldiers and sex slaves.

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Jason Russell

No one really knew about the LRA until a US activist group, Invisible Children, released a video called “Kony 2012” where they explained the situation and asked for donations to help resolve the issue. The video went viral and donations were flooding in, but the campaign was criticized by some for oversimplifying the conflict and not spending enough money of the donations in the LRA victims.

The campaign lost all its credibility when a co-founder of Invisible Children, Jason Russel, was arrested in San Diego for masturbating in public whilst drunk.

The surrender of Joseph Kony means that a lot of child soldiers who were members of the LRA can now return to their families.

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Libya spy chief released from kidnap

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Libya’s deputy intelligence chief has been released after his abduction yesterday (read the article of this here)

Mustafa Nuh had reportedly been held by gunmen from the western town of Zintan.

Meanwhile, Tripoli is observing a three-day strike after militias from Misrata city opened fire on demonstrators, killing more than 40 people on Friday and Saturday.

The Misrata militia have been ordered to leave Tripoli within three days.

Two years after its revolution, Libya still lacks a stable government.

The rival militias from across the country that helped topple Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have so far refused to disarm.

They seize senior officials to gain political leverage.

Mr Nuh was bundled into a car after arriving at Tripoli international airport on Sunday, but was released on Monday morning.

Lybia’s deputy intelligence chief kidnapped

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The deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was kidnapped today. Lybian media says the abduction occurred in Lybia’s capital city Tripoli at the airport, but government officials can not confirm this.

The kidnapping comes as the Libyan capital observes a general strike in protest against the presence of militia groups in the city. The strike was called after more than 40 people died and hundreds were injured in two days of clashes.

The weak central government in Libya has struggled to keep control amid powerful local militia. These groups were originally formed to help oust Col Muammar Gaddafi, but two years later they refuse to disarm. No group has said it abducted Mr Nuh, but militias have seized senior officials before to get political leverage.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was held hostage for several hours by gunmen in October, before being released unharmed.

The Libyan capital has been tense and volatile since the clashes on Friday between militia based in Tripoli and protesters trying to evict them from their headquarters (read more about this here).

Tripoli’s local council has declared a three-day general strike, calling on all militia groups leave the area.

Most shops and schools are closed and many roadblocks have been erected by local residents and various armed groups.

People close shops to protest against the militias:

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French kidnapped in Nigeria finally released

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Francis Collomp, a French engineer who was kidnapped las December in Northern Nigeria, was released by the jihadist group Ansar al-Muslimeen who abducted himwhen he was working in the state of Katsina.

The French president’s office announced Sunday that Collomp has been released, but did not offer additional information.

“This long-awaited new does not make us forget that seven of our compatriots are still being held hostage in Syria, Mali and Nigeria,” the office said in a statement. “France will continue to work tirelessly for their freedom.”

 

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Somali pirates given life sentence

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A US court has sentenced two Somali pirates to life in prison without parole for their role in the killing of four Americans aboard a yacht off the Horn of Africa in February 2011.

Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar were convicted of murder, kidnapping, hostage-taking and piracy. Prosecutors say 19 Somalis, 14 of whom have now been sentenced, boarded the yacht to take the Americans for ransom. The hostages died after negotiations with the US Navy broke down.

The victims were the yacht’s owners, Jean Adam, 66, and her husband Scott Adam, 70 – a former producer who worked on classic TV show The Love Boat – and their two friends Phyllis Patricia Macay, 59, and Robert Riggle, 67. They had been sailing round the world distributing Bibles when their yacht was boarded by pirates off the Horn of Africa on 18 February, 2011.

Prosecutors said the pirates intended to take their hostages to Somalia, so that they could be ransomed for millions of dollars.

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French priest kidnapped

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A French priest has been kidnapped in northern Cameroon close to the border with Nigeria. Georges Vandenbeusch was seized in the early hours of Thursday in Koza, about 30km (19 miles) from the border. “We are working with Cameroonian authorities to secure his release,” French officials said in a statement.

The Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, is known to operate in the area.

France says it warned people that the area was dangerous but that “Father Georges chose to remain in his parish to carry out his work”.

Earlier this year, seven members of a French family – four of them children – were abducted by Islamist militants and held hostage for two months. The Moulin-Fournier family was first abducted near Cameroon’s northern Waza National Park, which lies just a few kilometres from the Nigerian border, in February. They were taken over the border to neighbouring Nigeria. Boko Haram was paid more than $3m before releasing the family, according to a confidential Nigerian government report.

The report, seen by Reuters news agency, did not say who paid the money.

Both France and Cameroon denied paying a ransom while Nigeria has not commented on the issue.

Four dead in Phoenix hostage situation

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A hostage situation in Phoenix, Arixona, resulted in the death of four people, including the suspect.

Phoenix Police said they responded after shots were fired in a single-family home in North East Phoenix.

When they arrived they found one person dead in the driveway of the house, according to Public Information Officer Trent Crump.

Police say a woman, believed to be the suspect’s wife or former wife, was found burned in the yard of the house.A teenage girl was found killed inside the house.

The suspect was found dead in an alley near the house, police said.

Police said the incident might have stemmed from an effort by the occupants of the house to get a protective order against the suspect earlier in the day.

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