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Blair Presses for $150M in Aid for Darfur

At a conference to discuss Africa’s future, British Prime Minister Tony Blair pressed the international community to raise $150 million to help people caught up by violence in Sudan’s western Darfur region. Blair also said Britain plans to train 20,000 African peacekeepers over the next five years to boost the continent’s ability to respond to conflicts like the one in Darfur — where pro-Sudanese government Arab militia have been raiding African villages, killing tens of thousands and forcing more than a million to flee their homes. Blair — bedeviled by Iraq and in search of a more positive legacy — was flying out of Africa late Thursday after calling for concerted international action to address wars, poverty, disease and other crises afflicting Africa, the only continent to have grown poorer over the last 40 years.Full Story

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