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Weekly Newsletter 21 January 2013

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Stamps from South Sudan.

Dear Reader,

Malian and French troops entered the central Malian town of Diabaly this morning in the latest stage of their offensive against Islamist forces in the north. According to reports, the Islamist militants who had been controlling the strategic town fled the town putting up no resistance. When France’s intervention began, over a week ago, authorities insisted it would be short, but there are suggestions it could last longer, with the French defence minister saying “the goal is total reconquest”. 

The death toll from the siege of a gas plant in Algeria has risen to at least 48 hostages. Militants captured the base on Wednesday demanding an end to France’s airstrikes in Mali. Following an attack on the fighters by Algerian military many were killed including several American, British, French, Japanese, Norwegian and Romanian workers. 

Today the 20th African Union summit begins in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance’. African governments will discuss issues facing the continent, with heads of states scheduled to meet on 27-28 January.

North: Tunisia: Draft Constitution Reflects Compromise

West: Nigeria: Postal Pensioners Protest, Post Offices Close

Central: CAR: Where Now for the Seleka Rebel Insurgency?

East: Ethiopia's Controversial Gibe III Mega-Dam

South: Malaria in Zambia: Tracking and Fighting a Lethal Foe

Below are a few highlights from the past week:

All the best,

The Team at Think Africa Press