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Controversial Zimbabwe Diamonds Dispute Deepens

There is growing confusion over whether Zimbabwe can legally export rough diamonds from its military-run Marange fields under the Kimberley Process, the mechanism meant to stop the flow of so-called "blood diamonds." Experts have conflicting views on whether Zimbabwe is complying with Kimberley Process rules.Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti...

Michelle Obama Goes on African Safari

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama went on a South African safari Saturday at the end of her two-nation African tour. Obama, joined by her daughters, mother and a niece and nephew, saw an elephant as the group headed out into the Madikwe Game Reserve. The family rode in an open-air off road vehicle, in search of lions, giraffes and other animals on...

Southern African Judges Slam Regional Court Closure

Judge Ariranga Pillay, the former president of the Southern African Development Community’s [SADC] tribunal and three of his fellow judges are protesting what they say is the illegal dissolution of this regional court of last resort.The former tribunal judges note that among the court’s rulings were significant judgements against Zimbabwe...

Michelle Obama Visits Botswana HIV/AIDS Clinic

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helped paint an HIV/AIDS clinic on her first stop in Botswana on Friday.Obama and family members traveling with her painted a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence in the capital, Gaborone.The mural is part of a facility that is being constructed to support children and teens infected with or...

US First Lady Meets Archbishop Tutu and Cape Town Youth

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama continued her South African trip by meeting South African anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  They visited Cape Town Stadium, which was built for the FIFA Football World Cup last year, and met with community development workers and excited youth to kick around a soccer ball.Mrs. Obama had a busy day in...

Michelle Obama Continues African Trip

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama meets Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu Thursday as she wraps up her visit to South Africa.The two are set to meet in Cape Town.But Obama's planned ferry ride to Robben Island prison, where former South African President Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years, was cancelled due to high winds. The first lady met...

First Lady Obama Addresses Young African Women

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama addressed a women leaders' forum in Soweto, South Africa on Wednesday. The U.S.-sponsored Young African Women Leaders Forum brings together women from across sub-Saharan Africa who are leading or involved in social and economic initiatives in their own countries.Obama arrived in South Africa this week.  On Tuesday,...

First Lady Obama Begins 5-Day African Visit

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's nearly week long trip to Africa gets formally underway Tuesday as she heads to Johannesburg.She will visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she will meet the former president's wife, Graca Machel, and tour South Africa's Apartheid Museum.The first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Pretoria, South...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Sub-Saharan Africa Girls Face High HIV/AIDS Risk

Teenage girls in sub-Saharan Africa are three-to-five times more likely to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS than boys their age. A new study in Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana explores why that is. Carol Underwood, senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, directed the initiative called...

Michelle Obama's Africa Trip to Focus on Youth Leadership

The White House says First Lady Michelle Obama’s forthcoming trip to South Africa and Botswana is a continuation of her work to engage young people. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday ahead of next week’s trip, Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, said the First Lady’s trip will emphasize youth leadership, education and health. “Our...

Obama to Host African Leaders Next Week

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to meet with two African leaders next week, while his wife and daughters prepare to travel to the continent later this month. The White House announced Saturday that Obama will meet newly sworn-in Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.  The statement said the two leaders will discuss the latest "...

Michelle Obama Will Travel to Africa

The White House has announced that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana for an official visit later this month.The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Africa on June 21 for a five-day visit focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness.Mrs. Obama will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in...

SADC Mediators Prepare for More Madagascar Talks

As international mediators prepare for another summit on how to resolve Madagascar's two-year political crisis, Andry Rajoelina says his transitional government will push through with elections regardless of the decision.   The country's three main opposition parties say the acting president is trying to force through elections that will not be...

Botswana Strike Deals Blow to Health Services

In Botswana, the public workers strike continues. It began on April 18 with a demand for higher pay. No settlement with the government is in sight and the strike is now affecting medical care. Earlier this week, the government fired many striking essential health workers, saying they had violated a court order to return to their jobs. Thursday,...