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Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, Is Conquering the World of Chess

Rochelle Ballantyne, 17, on the verge of becoming the first African-American female chess master, is one of the stars of a new documentary called...

Al-Shabaab in Disarray as AU Troops Close in on Kismayo

The United States envoy to Somalia James Swan has said that Al-Shabab militants fighting the Government of Somalia have been cornered by forces of...

Netanyahu Denies Trying To Influence Upcoming U.S. Election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed accusations that he was trying to sway the upcoming United States presidential election with his recent fiery criticism...

Sudan: Oil Crisis – Extortion and Misappropriation Are Not ‘Negotiations”

A crisis that has been months, indeed years in the making has come to a head with the decision by the sovereign nation of the Republic of South Sudan to shut down all Southern oil production in the face of continuing extortion, theft, and misrepresentation of oil production and oil revenues by the Arab minority regime in Khartoum. Predictably, the international response takes the form of urgent pleas for Khartoum and Juba to "compromise." But this urgency should have been evident months ago, certainly when Khartoum first cleaved to a preposterous transport fee of $32 per barrel of crude oil (subsequently raised to $36 per barrel). This is not a negotiating starting point; indeed, it is the opposite of negotiation: with such a demand Khartoum is creating such a vast gulf between a reasonable starting point and what might actually be negotiated as to make those negotiations impossible.