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Conflict in Syria

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Saudi Arabia has drafted a document intended to halt the killing in Syria.

"The three-page draft 'strongly condemns' the violations of human rights by Syrian authorities," according to CNN.

The U.N. Security Council already failed to pass a resolution on Syria, after China and Russia vetoed the earlier draft resolution.

French Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, said of China and Russia's vetoes, "It is a sad day for the council. It is a sad day for Syria."

Egyptian Soccer Riot

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Over 70 people were killed in a mass brawl between rival soccer fans in Port Said, Egypt, on Wednesday.

The violence began midway through the match between long-time rivals El Masry of Port Said and Al Ahly of Cairo.

Scuffles in the stands escalated into a full-blown riot after then El Masry won the match 3-1. Al Ahly players were chased into their locker room by rival fans, who attacked them with knives, clubs, and stones.

Egyptian politicians, fans, and soccer officials faulted the police and military, accusing them of being overly complacent. Essam el Erian, a senior lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood, told The New York Times that "The reason for this tragedy is the deliberate neglect and absence of the military and the police."

The soccer match was believed to be the deadliest since 1996.

Violence and Chaos Rampant in Northern Nigeria

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Last week, over 180 people were killed by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, in Nigeria's second city, Kano.

Northern Nigeria, the poorer part of the country, lacks infrastructure and reliable power and has fallen into chaos at the hands of this group. Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, who has long been a polarizing figure in Nigerian politics, has stated that "military action alone would not stop Boko Haram; and northern Nigeria needed economic development."

President Jonathan on Sunday warned that the violence blamed on Boko Haram was worse than the 1967-70 civil war.

Violence between Christians and Muslims has been a persistent problem for the country, said a correspondent for The New York Times.

"Despite its many problems, Nigeria has natural wealth and a growth rate of 7%. Boko Haram is unlikely to have much impact on the broader economy, but Nigeria's boom is concentrated in the south and may lead to even greater inequality" The New York Times.

The Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist organization united in animosity toward Christianity. Also targeted by the group is the traditional Muslim hierarchy, and wealthy Muslim elites who have "sold out" to the federal government.

The federal government has been criticized with displaying a lack of sufficient effort to calm the situation.

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