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Extractive Industry Association Dismisses Equatorial Guinea

Last week, the board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) decided to remove Equatorial Guinea - still merely a candidate for full membership - from the group for failing to meet the deadline to have audits of their industries independently verified. The EITI, launched in 2003, is a joint effort by companies, governments and civil society to instill transparency and promote good governance in the extractive industries sector.

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Amid ongoing conflict, Somali refugees recruited to fight Al-Shabaab

With the security climate in Somalia showing no signs of improvement, hundreds of thousands of Somali citizens have been displaced since early 2010. The UNHCR estimates there are currently 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, and this trend is on the increase. The ongoing fighting in Mogadishu and other locations has caused nearly 170,000 residents to flee since the beginning of the year, according to the UNHCR.

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How the UN Helps Chad

This video does a good job explaining why kicking the UN peacekeeping mission out of Chad is not in the interest of the refugees and civilians displaced from clashes near the Darfur border.