Grandson says Nelson Mandela is Very Much Alive


A South Sudanese army general has been killed in fighting outside the rebel-held town of Bor. A BBC correspondent with government troops said a convoy advancing on Bor came under heavy fire in an ambush.
    
The number of internally displaced people in the Central African Republic (CAR) has more than doubled to 935,000 since December, the UN says.

Some camps have come under attack
South Sudan's warring parties were set to begin direct talks on Saturday in a bid to end the conflict pushing the world's youngest nation towards civil war as fighting intensified for control of a key oil town.

This picture provided by the US Marines shows marines and sailors helping US citizens into a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules airplane in Juba during an evacuation of personnel from the US Embassy on January 3, 2014 (US Marines/AFP, Robert L. Fisher III)
    
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Family of Jahi McMath to have outside medical team move her to unspecified facility.

America Urges South Sudan Evacuation
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The United States on Friday ordered a further reduction of American Embassy staff in strife-torn South Sudan and said it would cease to provide consular services for its citizens as of Saturday, apparently reflecting a somber assessment of the country's prospects even as the country's warring factions were reported to have opened preliminary indirect talks in neighboring Ethiopia.

    
Rwanda's opposition leaders are blaming President Paul Kagame for the death of a former spy chief, who appears to have been strangled in a South African hotel.

Patrick Karegeya in Johannesburg (Samuel Ouga / IBT)
The pastor blamed for a wave of deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo demanded Tuesday that the president step down, and denied reports he had fled the country.

Soldiers of the FARDC (Democratic Republic of Congo Army) patrol in a vehicle in Kinshasa on December 30, 2013, after gunfire erupted in several places around the capital (AFP)
    
Factions in South Sudan Agree to Talks
The United States special envoy to South Sudan says the country's warring factions have agreed to attend peace talks in Ethiopia.

Displaced women line up inside the United Nations camp where they have sought safety and shelter in Malakal, South Sudan, amid ongoing violence. (Photo: Ben Curtis, AP)
At least 20 people were killed Tuesday in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, during an attack by anti-Balaka militia on the camp of former Seleka rebels, said an official source.
    
Congolese soldiers repulsed attacks on the airport, a barracks and the state television headquarters in Kinshasa on Monday in what authorities said appeared to have been an assault by followers of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila.

The attackers interrupted the national broadcaster during a live programme / BBC
    

"And when they had mocked Jesus, they took off the purple robe from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross."
--Mark 15:20-21

"And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet."
--Acts 8:26-28

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