Arabs give US another month to resolve impasse over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

US gets another month to revive Mideast talks

Arab ministers back Palestinian decision to stop talks with Israel over settlement issue

Arabs back Palestinian decision to stop talks

Diplomats: some Arabs want Abbas to return to indirect talks to avoid collapse of peace talks

Diplomats: Arabs want return to indirect talks

US presses Arab nations to back Israeli-Palestinian peace talks despite settlement dispute

US seeks Arab support on Mideast peace talks

Southern Sudan could hold secession vote on its own if north doesn’t cooperate, officials warn

S.Sudan could snub north, hold own freedom vote

UN Security Council greeted by anti-American protesters in visit to Sudan

UN Sec. Council greeted by anti-US chants in Sudan

UN report says 166 million people in 22 nations face protracted food crises

UN report: 22 nations face protracted food crises

Uganda’s president offers more troops for peacekeeping missions in Somalia if money given

Uganda offers more peacekeeping troops for Somalia

US agency sends election observers to Ivory Coast for run-up to presidential election

US agency sends election observers to Ivory Coast

Aircraft cuts, Sudan war worries cloud UN Security Council mission

Aircraft cuts, Sudan worries cloud UN council trip

Bill Clinton says Mideast peace deal would deprive terrorists of recruiting tool

Bill Clinton: Mideast peace would undercut terror

South Sudan official says important January independence vote will be on time

South Sudan official says vote will happen on time

South African police use rubber bullets to scatter protesters after marchers torch police car

South African protesters burn police vehicle

Egyptian journalists say government cracking down on media critical of authorities

Egypt’s journalists accuse government of crackdown

Journalists condemn shutdown of 2 popular Egyptian talk shows

Egypt’s journalists decry media crackdown

CAIRO — Egypt’s Journalists’ Union has accused the government of cracking down on the press after the closing of two popular talk shows ahead of parliamentary elections.

Egypt, Jordan back Palestinian refusal to negotiate as long as Israel builds settlements

Egypt, Jordan back Palestinians on settlements

Ethnic divide in Guinea widens: Exercise in democracy turns into racial contest

Ethnic divide in Guinea widens, threatens election

Libya releases South Korean pastor after president’s brother meets with Gadhafi, SKorea says

SKorea: Libya releases South Korean pastor

Senior Palestinians close ranks behind Abbas: No peace talks without Israeli settlement freeze

Palestinians back Abbas on settlement slowdown

Mystery around humanitarian award for leader of Swaziland, kingdom accused of trampling rights

Mystery surrounds humanitarian award for Swazi PM

UN rights office tones down Congo ‘genocide’ report following protests by Rwanda, Uganda

UN tones down Congo ‘genocide’ report

GENEVA — The United Nations has toned down a report detailing hundreds of gruesome attacks against civilians in Congo over a 10-year period but left intact the suggestion that Rwanda’s army may have committed genocide there in the 1990s.

US ’surge’ increases focus on Southern Sudan before vote, but visas, space hamper new arrivals

US ’surge’ increases focus on S. Sudan before vote

With South African AIDS orphans aging, prolonged and tailored help is needed

SAfrican AIDS orphans aging

PRETORIA, South Africa — When the Mohau children’s home opened in 1997, orphans with AIDS died every other day. But these days, not one child has been lost in seven years — and as they age with the help of drugs they face the teen complexities of dating and sex.

UN Security Council lifts arms embargo on Sierra Leone 8 years after end of brutal war

UN lifts arms embargo on Sierra Leone

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is lifting a 13-year-old arms embargo against the small west African nation of Sierra Leone after being assured that the nation is sufficiently stable following the civil war that ended in 2002.

Ivory Coast elections are set for next month, but fears of violence and more delays growing

Fears of election violence growing in Ivory Coast

Sudan calls for international community to monitor independence referendum

Sudan calls for world to monitor referendum

Ahmed Maher, Egypt’s former foreign minister known for low-key diplomacy, dies at 75

Former Egyptian foreign minister dies at 75

Nigeria: Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka launches political party ahead of presidential election

Nigeria: Nobel laureate launches political party

Sudanese officials seek world support as critical independence referendum nears

Sudan seeks global support as vote nears

UNITED NATIONS — Sudanese officials are asking world leaders including President Barack Obama to provide the international support needed to maintain peace as they near a critical independence referendum on south Sudan that could split Africa’s largest country in two.

African Union asks Security Council to delay genocide prosecution of Sudan’s president

Africans ask UN to delay al-Bashir prosecution

Sudanese diplomats scuffle at Iranian delegation hotel during UN General Assembly

Sudanese diplomats scuffle at Iranian NYC event

US plans to strengthen relations with breakaway Somali republics to fight radical Islamists

US to build ties with breakaway Somali republics

Obama looks to avert renewed conflict in Sudan, try to ease tensions in South China Sea

Obama, at UN, eyes Sudan, Southeast Asia tensions

Kenya’s president: Key leaders say south Sudan independence referendum will be held in January

Kenya’s Kibaki expects south Sudan vote in January

New Del. Senate front-runner campaigned for Reagan, then became a Democrat after Africa trip

O’Donnell foe’s career marked by political shift

UN session urges US, others to ratify and clear way for treaty banning nuclear tests

UN session urges US, others to back nuke test pact

Along tense Sudan border, UN military observers see less cooperation before independence vote

Along tense Sudan border, UN sees less cooperation

21 killed, 78 wounded in fighting in Somali capital between insurgents, pro-government forces

21 killed in fighting in Somalia’s capital city

19 killed, 68 wounded in fighting in Somali capital between insurgents, pro-government forces

19 killed in fighting in Somalia’s capital city

Zimbabwe’s prime minister says violence that killed 1 strips constitution reform of legitimacy

Zimbabwe PM condemns violence against reform

Zimbabwe court frees 83 Peace Day marchers; group will face minor “criminal nuisance” charges

Zimbabwe Peace Day marchers freed after 2 days

Liberia ex-warlord known for gruesome acts cleared for 2011 presidential bid

Liberia ex-warlord cleared for presidential bid

Once-hopeful fighter pilots, Ethiopians stranded in Kyrgyzstan in post-Soviet muddle

Former Ethiopian cadets stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Surrounded by rubble, militias and corruption, Mogadishu mayor making effort to rebuild city

Mogadishu mayor aims to restore basics amid rubble

Clinton presses Sudan government to speed up preparations for independence vote by south

Clinton pushes Sudan on referendum

NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Sudanese authorities to make up for lost time in preparing for an independence referendum early next year for the Southern Sudan.

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