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The White House unveiled a new strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa in June last year.
The rebel forces have claimed they are even ready to attack the UN intervention force.
A court in Iran has lifted a ban on Reuters operations in the country.
According to UN estimates, over 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
The refineries are projected to have a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day, according to an Iranian energy official.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced re-polling in more than 40 stations.
London has been urging the EU to ease the ban on weapons supplies to Syria.
The British prime minister will also travel to to Washington to continue discussion of the Syrian crisis.
Khartoum and Juba further agreed to resume South Sudan's oil exportation through Sudan's pipeline.
Russia and the US have previously expressed completely different positions on the Syrian crisis.