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Eritrea wants peaceful Somalia, denies meddling

Eritrea wants a peaceful and united Somalia and believes now is the best time in nearly two decades to foster genuine political dialogue.

Guinean soldiers accused of human rights abuses

Guinea's new military junta must rein in soldiers who have carried out armed robbery, extortion and rape, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

Islamist leader wins Somali presidency

Somalia's moderate Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed won the presidency on Saturday and vowed to end conflict in the Horn of Africa nation.

Time for Somalis to compromise, says UN envoy

It is time for feuding Somalis to ditch the concept of winner takes all and seek compromise to try and end nearly 20 years of conflict.

Brown recruits old foe to tackle crisis

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown revamped his Cabinet on Friday, recalling old hand and one-time political opponent Peter Mandelson.

BA cancels flights as chaos persists at Heathrow T5

British Airways cancelled a fifth of flights from its new ,6-billion terminal five (T5) at Heathrow on Friday as the chaos from its shambolic opening spilled into a second day. The airline said it was dropping the short-haul flights to ''create more capacity'' as it tried to get back on top of the mess left by Thursday's opening.

Car bombs kill 22 in northern Iraq

Two suicide car bombs killed at least 22 people in northern Iraq on Tuesday in attacks targeting a police chief and a Sunni Arab tribal leader working with United States forces to fight al-Qaeda, police said. ''Look at this. Is this acceptable? Does God accept this?'' said a youth hold ing torn, blood-splattered pages of the Qu'ran.

Tutu: Mugabe needs face-saving options

South African Nobel peace prize laureate Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe needed face-saving options for there to be a chance of him stepping aside. Tutu said the replacement of Tony Blair by Gordon Brown as prime minister of Britain, Zimbabwe's former colonial ruler, could help the situation.

Blair pays final visit to Iraq

Britain's Tony Blair, on his last visit to Iraq as prime minister, said on Saturday he had no regrets about his part in the United States-led invasion that removed Saddam Hussein. On a farewell trip to a country whose future may define his legacy after a decade in power, Blair met Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.

UK says Iran row at critical stage

Britain said on Tuesday the way was open for diplomacy to secure the release of 15 British sailors and marines seized by Iran in the Gulf, but the next 48 hours would be critical. The two countries have been at loggerheads since Iran seized the sailors on March 23 in the northern Gulf, but there have been few tangible signs of progress in the 12-day stand-off.

UK to announce start of troop exit from Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Blair will on Wednesday announce a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq just as thousands of additional United States troops are arriving there to try to restore order in Baghdad. Blair will make his announcement on the troop pull-out to Parliament in the afternoon, a government source said.

Blair to quit within a year

British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged on Thursday to quit within a year, but declined to give an exact date to mutineers in his Labour Party who want a speedy change of leader to revive its fortunes. Blair's statement came in a tumultuous week that saw his authority crumbling in the face of party revolts after nearly a decade in power.

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