Kofi Annan Appointed as Special Envoy: New Hope for Syria?

Gowan also added to the news service that Despite Annan's personal profile, the key to successful mediation is for him to have genuine political support from across the international system. If the Russians and Chinese don't give him sufficient support, Assad and his supporters are likely to refuse to talk seriously.

Shell to Buy Cove Energy for $1.6 Billion

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) has made an agreed 992.4 million pounds ($1.6 billion) bid for Mozambique-focused Cove Energy (COVE.L), offering a full price to open up a new gas frontier for the Anglo-Dutch oil major in East Africa.

Somali Children as Human Shields in Combat, Abused and Forced into Marriage: Rights Group

Somalia is not the only country known for inflicting such horror on children. During a period of intensified Palestinian–Israeli violence that started in 2000, gunmen surrounded themselves with children while shooting on Israeli forces. Various other reports have also suggested that the Taliban used women and children from their own communities as human shields against coalition forces around the year 2006.


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Goldplat Pours First Bar of Gold in Kenya

Africa-focused gold producer Goldplat has poured the first bar of gold from its Kilimapesa mine in Kenya, marking the beginning of production in the east African country's first gold project, the company said on Tuesday.
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Gunmen Attack Bars in Northeast Kenya, 5 Dead

Gunmen sprayed bullets at New Year's revelers in two bars in northeastern Kenya Sunday, killing five people, a witness and police said, the latest in a wave of attacks near the border with Somalia.