BBC News Africa 27 January 2012 Last updated at 15:07 ET Congo poll: Etienne Tshisekedi condemns results Traditional leaders attend the investiture ceremony for Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa on 20 December, 2011. Many observers have criticised Joseph Kabila's re- Etienne Tshisekedi said his party members who had won seats should boycott the parliament as November's general elections were rigged. He also called for a general strike on Monday in protest at his house arrest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16757348
31 January 2012 Last updated at 23:27 ET Impasse at UN Security Council debate on Syria violence US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says people have watched events in Syria unfold "in horror" A day of debate at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria has ended without agreement. The council was discussing whether to adopt an Arab League plan calling for an end to violence and for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16825761
The question for us is how many more innocent civilians will die before this country is able to move forward," she said.
A nuclear-free Middle East: Necessary, desirable and impossible A nuclear-free zone in the Middle East - with the participation of Israel - can avoid war in the region. Last Modified: 01 Feb 2012 19:11 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinio ... 97652.html Need to avoid war In summary, it is of utmost importance to avoid a war in the Middle East arising from the unresolved dispute about Iran's nuclear programme. One way to do this is to seek a NFZ or a WMDFZ for the entire region that must include the participation of Israel. What has given this approach a renewed credibility for the West at this time is that such a measure seems to be the only way to prevent a lose/lose war option from materialising in an atmosphere where mainstream pundits are increasingly predicting an attack on Iran during 2012. It makes sense to me.