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Gadhafi Role Blocking African Union Resolution on Libya

African leaders working on a roadmap to end Libya's conflict are stuck on the question of the future of Moammar Gadhafi. The leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali, and the Republic of Congo are at the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea drafting a roadmap for Libya that calls for a cease-fire ahead of a transition to democratic...

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...

AU Summit Opens, Libya Crisis Expected to Dominate Talks

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union.  The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) are both at the AU summit outside Malabo where African leaders will...

AU Summit Expected to Focus on Libya Crisis

African heads of state are meeting in Equatorial Guinea for the annual summit of the African Union. The ongoing conflict in Libya is expected to dominate their two-day meeting.Representatives from Moammar Gadhafi's government and the rebel Transitional National Council are both at the AU summit in Malabo where African leaders will present their...

UN Mission Launches New Military Offensive in DRC

U.N. forces have launched a one-week offensive in North Kivu province. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) is taking action after attacks by rebel groups. The goal of the offensive is to ensure peace and stability in the area before the general elections in November, said Lieutenant Colonel Felix...

Angola Says ICC Being 'Selective' With Cases

Angola has suggested the International Criminal Court is targeting Africa with the cases it pursues, a day after the ICC indicted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.In comments published by the Angolan Press Agency, Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti said African countries believe the court is selective in how it assesses or lays charges. He said African...

Aid Group Decries Mass Rape in DR Congo

A medical aid group says more than 100 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo were raped during a two-day attack in South Kivu province this month.Doctors Without Borders says the rapes took place around the town of Fizi from June 10 to June 12.A regional official with the group, Megan Hunter, said Thursday aid workers were cooperating with...

Voter Registration Increases in DRC’s North Kivu province, Says UN Official

A U.N. official in the DRC says there’s been a sharp increase in voter registration over the past 10 days in North Kivu province as the country prepares for general elections on November 28. Alexander Essome, the regional spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), attributes the...

Rwanda Names 22 Rare Baby Gorillas

Made famous in the 1980s by the movie Gorillas in the Mist, Rwanda’s rare gorillas are making a comeback, having increased their numbers three-fold. This year, the east African nation is celebrating the births of 22 babies in a traditional naming ceremony, the largest group since the annual event began seven years ago.Dancers in long white...

Congo Opposition Calls for Extended Voter Registration

Opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo are demanding voter registration be extended ahead of November's presidential and legislative polls.Voter registration in Congo currently is set to conclude at the end of this month. Seven opposition parties are calling on the electoral commission to extend that deadline by 30 days in the...

Fighting Continues in Congo’s Endless War

The Second Congo War, the world's deadliest since World War II, began in the 1990s when civil war and genocide spilled out of Rwanda and into the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, eight years after the peace treaty, the fighting in the east continues. Although the old war lingers on, the nature of the battle is new.Roughly the size of...

UN Force Launches Offensive against DRC Armed Groups

The spokesman for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo [MONUSCO] says his group has launched a 10-day military offensive against armed groups in Rutshuru. The military action, nicknamed “Operation Restore Hope,” is aimed at preventing future violence in the Rutshuru district of the restive North Kivu...

New UN Agency Focuses on Promoting Women’s Global Agenda

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on UN Women Go to Part:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 “Like a car without a driver.” That’s how U.N. official Lakshmi Puri described the organization’s efforts to handle women’s issues before the creation of U.N. Women. For years, global women’s issues were divided among four smaller entities – the best known being UNIFEM,...

UN Agency for Women the Culmination of Years of Effort

“Diplomats erupted in rousing applause,” reported a United Nations press release when the resolution passed to create a new body dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality. After four years, two General Assembly resolutions and much negotiating, U.N. Women was finally becoming a reality. The U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment...

Congolese Girls Abducted Into War

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a war that formally ended in 2008 still rages in the countryside. International organizations say all types of military groups are guilty of recruiting or abducting children, including countless numbers of girls, to serve as soldiers, porters, spies, scouts, cooks and sex-slaves.When Alliance was 13-years-old,...