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A “21st century statesman” is what Newsweek is calling board member George Clooney for his long-standing efforts to push for high political engagement in Sudan—the most recent of which was detailed in the magazine’s cover story this week.
The successful launch of South Sudan’s referendum is cause for celebration, but a lot of work remains, emphasized Senator John Kerry, and board members George Clooney and John Prendergast at a press conference in Juba on the first day of polling.
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"President Robert Mugabe was in New York on Monday to attend the United Nations General Assembly where he was scheduled to speak on Friday in an address analysts said is very likely to reiterate his demand that Western targeted sanctions or restrictions be lifted."
"Military-ruled Burma released 7,114 prisoners on Thursday for their 'good conduct,' official media reported, although political detainees are unlikely to be among them."
"A Burmese court will give its verdict on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest next month, her lawyers said."
"Darfur rebels accused Sudanese government forces of attacking their positions on Thursday and Friday, weeks after a senior peacekeeper said the region was no longer in a state of war."
"At least 25 political detainees were released Friday as part of an amnesty for prisoners in Burma, just over 1 percent of the total number of political prisoners believed to be held by its military government."