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August Trial Date Set for Egypt's Mubarak

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will face trial in August on charges of fraud and orchestrating the killing of anti-government protesters who drove him from power.Egypt state media on Wednesday announced the trial will begin on August 3. Mubarak and his sons, Alaa and Gamal, will face trial in a Cairo criminal court.In...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

Egypt Arrests Iranian Diplomat on Spying Charges

Egyptian security officials say police have arrested an Iranian diplomat in Cairo on charges of spying.Authorities Sunday said Iranian diplomat Qassem al-Husseini was detained and questioned for "passing information" to Iran's intelligence services.  There are reports that the diplomat also was trying to recruit other agents to work as spies in...

Protesters Absent as Ethiopia Marks Anniversary of Meles Rule

Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have turned out in Addis Ababa’s main square to mark Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s 20th anniversary in power.  A “day of rage” counterdemonstration planned by democracy activists failed to materialize.The turnout at Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square was a fraction of the one million predicted. And with thunder clouds...

Egyptian Court Fines Mubarak, Ex-Officials $90 Million for Telecom Shutdown

An Egyptian court has fined ousted president Hosni Mubarak and two of his former ministers $90 million for shutting down telecommunication services during the country's popular uprising earlier this year.The court ruled Saturday that Mubarak, former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly were guilty of "damaging"...

G8 Pledges Billions Toward Mideast Democracy, African Development

G8 leaders have pledged $20 billion in assistance for the democratic transformations in Egypt and Tunisia and address development and security needs in sub-Saharan Africa. The pledge came on the final day of their summit in Deauville, France. G8 leaders said in a final communique that the money is intended to shore up the so-called Arab Spring,...

Obama: US, France Want to 'Finish the Job' in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and France are joined in resolve to "finish the job" in Libya, as NATO presses for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. President Obama spoke Friday after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Group of Eight industrialized countries' summit in Deauville, France.President...

Sarkozy: Critical That G8 Support Arab 'Spring'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it is critical that Group of Eight leaders deliver firm commitments to help Tunisia and Egypt during their two-day summit in France.  Speaking at a press conference, G8 summit host - French President Nicolas Sarkozy - said it is critical that the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt succeed.  He said...

Could Muslim Brotherhood Take Over Egypt?

As political Islam grows as a force in post-revolution Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is forming its first political party and getting ready for a good showing in upcoming parliamentary elections. And this has liberal and secular parties scrambling. The revolution that ended three decades of authoritarian rule by Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has...

World Bank Sends Billions to Aid Egypt, Tunisia

The World Bank says it will give up to $6 billion in aid to Egypt and Tunisia over the next two years to help modernize their economies.World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the aid should be linked to reforms in Egypt and Tunisia, where autocratic rulers were toppled by popular uprisings.Egypt is the larger of the two nations, and $4.5...

Egypt's Mubarak, Sons to Face Trial in Protesters' Deaths

Egypt's chief prosecutor says former President Hosni Mubarak and two of his sons will be tried on charges relating to the deaths of protesters during the revolt that led to Mubarak's resignation.Egypt's state news agency announced the decision Tuesday. Groups demanding Mubarak's prosecution planned a mass protest in Cairo for Friday.The news comes...

Libyan Rebels Free 4 Detained Frenchmen

The foreign ministry of France says four French nationals held by Libyan rebels on suspicion of spying have been freed.A ministry statement Saturday said the four men were brought to Egypt and taken into the care of French consular officials.The four worked for a private security firm and were detained by Libyan rebel forces in the rebel...

With Elections on the Way, Tunisia Still Unsettled

Two months before scheduled elections, Tunisia remains a country in flux. Protests continue, discontented Tunisians are still migrating to Europe and the country is grappling with unrest spilling over from neighboring Libya. Tunisia was at the vanguard of the protests still roiling the Arab world. The self-immolation of a young man in southern...

Funding Development through Diaspora Remittances

A new initiative was launched this week to spur development with funds from the Diaspora. The Diaspora Investment in Agriculture [DIA] initiative is co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]. The program aims to tap into the hundreds of billions of dollars a year in Diaspora...

Obama Addresses 'Extraordinary Change' in Middle East, North Africa

U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the "extraordinary change" taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, but said too many countries have met the calls for change with violence.Obama, speaking Thursday at the State Department, said the most extreme example is Libya, where he said Moammar Gadhafi launched a war against his own people...