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From Bashir's Sudan to the civil strife in South Sudan to the streets of Congo: A few choice bits of recent news that fell under the radar.
As many as 40 militias are operating in eastern Congo, where mineral resources drive conflict. But some see hope in a more robust UN force and Congolese Army.
Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban, is on the short list of potential winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, set to be announced on Friday.
In Congo, Chinese are settling in with businesses and bargains that locals love. At one copper smelting plant, Chinese and locals work together but live apart.
The new technology has helped aid workers quickly connect stranded Congolese children to their families in Ugandan refugee camps.
The actor is creating a database of Congolese NGOs to allow people to donate money from abroad directly to local anti-poverty efforts.
High-tech, unarmed drones in Central and West African states can track guerrillas and swing the intelligence battle; UN chief Ban Ki-moon favors the idea.
A UN 'intervention brigade' will enter the country this summer to fight Congolese rebels. But the countries sending troops have a political agenda as well.
Warlord Bosco Ntaganda turned himself in because, with his rebel group fracturing and dwindling support from Rwanda, he had little other choice, writes political analyst Jason Stearns.
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