- - Wednesday, December 7, 2011


China tries to mediate Sudan oil impasse

JUBA | China is inserting itself into the fight over oil between Sudan and its former territory South Sudan, sending a special envoy to try to break a deadlock between two rivals.

South Sudanese Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told the Associated Press that Chinese diplomat Liu Guijin arrived in Juba on Wednesday.

His arrival comes one week after China’s Foreign Ministry publicly asked Sudan and South Sudan to resolve the issue through “friendly consultations.”

China is a major buyer of and investor in Sudanese oil. It owns one of two pipelines running through Sudan and has dozens of workers in the region’s oil fields.

Mr. Guijin will be in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, on Thursday for more talks.


Troops on standby as vote result delayed

KINSHASA | Troops patrolled Kinshasa Wednesday as Congo faced two more days of waiting for the full results of a presidential election that has sparked protests abroad and raised fears of a fresh explosion of violence.

President Joseph Kabila, in power since 2001, looked on track for another five-year term in the single-round race. He was leading top rival Etienne Tshisekedi, 49 percent to 33 percent, in results announced Tuesday and based on 89 percent of polling centers.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said late Tuesday it needed more time to compile final results from around the country. It promised a full count within 48 hours.


Fears for Rwandan reporters in Uganda after death

NAIROBI, KENYA | Human Rights Watch is urging Uganda’s government to conduct a “transparent” investigation into the murder of a Rwandan journalist.

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