Mar 17, 2014

North Africa dust boosts monsoons

Desert dust from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula stimulates monsoon rains over India, said a study Sunday suggesting that desertification from global warming may boost these seasonal downpours. Analysis of satellite data showed that dusty conditions in North Africa and West Asia were ...

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

Jan 24, 2014

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The peace deal represents the first real progress since political friction turned violent Dec. ...

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

Jan 19, 2014

South Sudanese troops retake strategic town from rebel leader's forces

South Sudanese government forces, backed by Ugandan troops, on Saturday recaptured the strategic town of Bor, defeating an army of thousands of rebels, officials said. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said soldiers entered the town, capital of Jonglei state and situated about 200 km north ...

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Jan 10, 2014

U.S. tries to avert collapse in South Sudan

Three years after midwifing South Sudan’s birth, the United States is desperately trying to prevent the world’s youngest nation from falling apart. Yet despite shared consternation by the Obama administration and Congress, no one is quite sure what the United States can do to ...

Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

May 8, 2013

Jets 'held back amid Benghazi attacks'

by Ernesto Londono

As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of ...