Here is the daily roundup and summary of the major headlines coming out of conflict areas. United to End Genocide does not necessarily support the views expressed in the articles in this post.

Democratic Republic of Congo

DR Congo’s Tshisekedi orders army to disobey Kabila—BBC News

“Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has called on the security forces to stop obeying orders from President Joseph Kabila. Mr Tshisekedi made the call after rejecting Mr Kabila’s victory in last month’s disputed elections…”

Congo’s Etienne Tshisekedi Declares Himself President—Voice of America

“Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says he will take the oath of office after declaring himself the country’s rightful president. DRC election officials said Tshisekedi lost last month’s presidential election to incumbent Joseph Kabila. But, on Sunday, Tshisekedi repeated his assertion that the vote counting process was flawed and that voters actually elected him president…”

Court upholds Congo elections—CNN International

“Congo’s highest court has upheld Joseph Kabila’s win in last month’s presidential election, striking down a lawsuit on Thursday that challenged the validity of the results…”


Syria FM: We weren’t playing for time—BBC News

“Damascus has signed an Arab League agreement to allow observers into the country, Syria’s foreign minister has said. Walid Muallem said that the deal was signed after the Arab League accepted amendments demanded by Syria. He also denied that Damascus had been “playing for time” in delaying the agreement and accused some Arab nations of wanting to “internationalise” the crisis in his country…”

Syria signs deal to let in Arab monitors—Reuters

“Syria agreed on Monday to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor implementation of a deal it agreed last month to pull troops from protest-hit towns, free political prisoners and start talking to dissidents…”

Arab Officials: Syria’s Assad to Sign Peace Plan Soon—Voice of America

“Senior Arab officials say they expect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quickly sign an Arab League peace plan aimed at ending his deadly crackdown on a nine-month-long opposition uprising. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani said Sunday he has information that Assad will sign the plan. Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi also said he is “optimistic” that Syria will agree to the Arab initiative within 24 hours…”

Syria crisis: Iraq’s Falah Fayadh ‘positive’ on talks—BBC News

“An Iraqi delegation led by National Security adviser Falah al-Fayadh says it has held “positive” talks in Syria aimed at ending the violence there…”

Syria ‘authorised forces to shoot to kill’ in crackdown—BBC News

“Syrian soldiers said their commanders told them to stop anti-government protests “by all means necessary”, Human Rights Watch has said…”

Syria unrest: Russia pulled two ways—BBC News

“Syria has provided Russia with a close military ally in the heart of the Arab world since Soviet times. And up until recently, it has suited Moscow’s world view to stay friends with President Bashar al-Assad. It fits Russia’s profile of itself as an independent Eurasian world power with its own priorities…”

Sudan and South Sudan

Kiir accuses Sudan of destabilizing—Miraya FM

“The South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, on Friday accused Sudan of trying to destabilize new State of South Sudan with cross-border militia raids and bombing runs against refugee camps…”

S. Sudan rebels claim Kiir plotted to assassinate their leader—Sudan Tribune

“The South Sudanese rebels have successfully aborted an attempt to kill George Athor last Tuesday, claimed a joint statement released today by two armed groups operating in the newly independent state…”

“Storm of hunger” threatens lives of 2.5 million South Sudanese—Miraya FM

“Damaged crops combined with conflict and insecurity are threatening to leave some 2.5 million people in South Sudan in critical conditions unless food assistance is provided immediately, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Thursday…”

4 people killed in Patiet in fresh raid in Jonglei state—Miraya FM

“At least four people have been reportedly killed and about one thousand cattle stolen at Patiet in Uror County of Jonglei State by unknown gunmen. Speaking to Radio Miraya on Saturday, the commissioner of Uror County, Tut Pok Nyang said seven villages were raided on Friday…”

Joint Committee for Implementing Doha Holds First Meeting—Radio Dabanga

“The joint committee for implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur has appreciated the spirit of cooperation between the concerned parties and the commitment to the realization of peace in Darfur…”

Former Darfur rebels criticize the ICC, as Bashir appoints its members in Sudan’s cabinet—Sudan Tribune

“Tijani el-Sissi, leader of the Liberation and Justice Movement, accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of impeding the achievement of peace in Darfur, as President Omer al-Bashir appointed LJM secretary general as federal minister of health…”

Rape and beating in South Darfur—Radio Dabanga

“Three women were raped by an armed group on Saturday near the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp in Mershing locality, South Darfur, a witness told Radio Dabanga…”

Man killed, two injured near El Fasher—Radio Dabanga

“One man was killed and two injured this week when gunmen traveling in Land Cruisers attacked camel traders in Donki Shuta near El Fasher, Western Darfur…”

SPLM-N chief orders release of all POW’s—Sudan Tribune

“The chairman of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) Malik Agar has issued a directive today by which all Prisoners of Wars are to be released from the movement’s custody…”


Headlines from Conflict Areas: Dec. 16

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