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Hundreds of Protesters Converge on Cairo's Main Square

Hundreds of protesters are rallying in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding quick trials for ousted figures from the former regime of President Hosni Mubarak.Egyptian media say organizers are calling the gathering "Friday of Retribution'' - a reference to their perceived slow pace of justice in Egypt under interim military rulers.The demonstrations...

Drug Firms Fight Spread of Counterfeit Drugs in East Africa

The world's largest pharmaceutical companies have gathered in Nairobi to develop a strategy to fight counterfeit medicines in East Africa. A two-day conference opened Wednesday to discuss the dangers of counterfeit medicine, as well as ways to limit the spread of the drugs in East Africa and around the world. Health officials, police, customs...

Egypt Decides It Does Not Need World Bank, IMF Funding

Egypt says it has cut its budget deficit for the next year and now will not have to seek international financial assistance to help pay for its governmental operations. Egypt's economy was buffeted during the political upheaval that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February, with foreign tourists staying home and many Egyptian workers...

Will a Rush to Elections in Egypt Undo Its Revolution?

After street protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down after thirty years in power, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took on the temporary rule of the country. If the council delivers on its promises, parliamentary elections in Egypt will be held in September of this year, followed by presidential elections a few months...

US Legal Deadline for Libya Expires

The Obama administration continues to defend the legality of U.S. military engagement in Libya, as a 90-day window for securing congressional approval of the operation expires.  Sunday marked 90 days since President Barack Obama notified Congress about the use of American military power in the skies over Libya - what is now a NATO-led operation to...

Spain Freezes Detained Mubarak Associate's Assets

Spain has frozen the assets of a business associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, after arresting him on charges of fraud.Police said Friday they froze $47 million in bank accounts held by Hussein Salem, which they suspect was obtained illegally in Egypt.  Police say they also seized homes and buildings worth $14 million.Spanish...

Egypt Backs Lagarde's Bid for IMF Chief

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi has announced his country's support of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde's bid to lead the International Monetary Fund.Arabi made the announcement Sunday in Cairo following meetings with Lagarde, who is in Egypt as part of a visit to the region to shore up support for her candidacy.The post became...

Study: Egyptians Less Satisfied, More Hopeful

A new survey finds that Egyptians are less satisfied with their lives than they have been in recent years, but they also have more hope for their futures than they did during the days of ousted President Hosni Mubarak's government.There is no question that it has been a tumultuous year in Egypt.  In January, Egyptians took to the streets to...

Libyan Leader Defiant Despite Intense NATO Airstrikes

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the end, after NATO aircraft pounded Tripoli on Tuesday with some of the most intense daytime airstrikes since it began its campaign.Gadhafi made the vow in a fiery audio speech that was broadcast on state television. He said the Libyan people will not "kneel" and will not surrender. Earlier...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Legal

Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood political movement legal, ending a ban on the group that had been in place for decades. The organization is one of the country's best organized political groups.  Egyptian state media announced the government's decision, which clears the way for the Muslim Brotherhood to field candidates in parliamentary...

Libyan Minister Visits Beijing After China Talks With Rebels

China is taking a more active diplomatic role in Libya, where it is pushing for a political resolution to that country’s crisis. Officials Tuesday said the Libyan foreign minister is in Beijing, days after Chinese officials disclosed they have held talks with Libyan rebel forces. In public, China has not taken sides in the Libyan conflict since it...

Explosions Hit Libyan Capital as NATO Pressure Continues

Witnesses say several explosions have hit Libya's capital, Tripoli, as NATO continues to pressure Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.The witnesses said they saw smoke in the area of Gadhafi's compound following the explosions, as NATO carried out rare daytime airstrikes.Diplomatic efforts also continued Tuesday, as a special envoy sent by Russian...

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...

Burkina Faso Regime Under Strain, Analysts Say

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is facing what appears to be the stiffest resistance ever to his nearly quarter-century rule of the West African nation. Analysts are seeing connections between Burkina's unrest and the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Hundreds of military rank-and-file, just 200 miles from this nation's capital, fired...