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Ethiopia’s Best-Known Opposition Leader to Quit Politics

Ethiopia’s best-known opposition leader has announced she is quitting politics, at least temporarily, and is going to the United States. Birtukan Mideksa’s departure will leave Ethiopia without a prominent female politician. Mideksa, the leader of Ethiopia's Unity and Democracy for Justice Party, or UDJ, returned home from prison last October to...

Gadhafi's Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Spread

A violent, anti-government uprising in Libya has spread to the capital, Tripoli, as leader Moammar Gadhafi's son told Libyans in a televised speech the country would fall into a vicious civil war if they threw off his father's 40-year-long rule.In a rambling address early Monday, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi warned that "rivers of blood" would consume...

Rights Advocate Warns Massacre Looming in Libya

An official of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said her organization is increasingly concerned and seriously alarmed about what she described as the ongoing murder of unarmed protesters who are demanding reforms in Libya. Heba Fatma Morayef, researcher for the Rights Organization for Egypt and Libya, told VOA it appears is behind the...

Anti-Government Protests Spread in North Africa

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Morocco and Tunisia Sunday, while there are reports of up to 200 people killed during clashes with security forces in eastern Libya. Morocco was the latest Arab country with anti-government protests. Journalists report at least 2,000 people marched in the capital, Rabat, and other...

Egyptian Banks Reopen After Strikes, Unrest

Egyptian banks have reopened after being shut for most of last week, as Egypt struggles to revive an economy damaged by labor protests and an uprising the toppled its president earlier this month. The banks opened for business as usual Sunday, the first day of Egypt's working week, following a series of government-ordered closures and shortened...

Anti-Government Movements Gain Traction as Yemen, Libya Face Crackdown

As pro-democracy movements gain momentum in the region, Yemen and Libya are cracking down on the protest movements that have been growing within their borders during the past week. Popular uprisings continue to spread through the regions of North African and the Middle East.In Yemen's capital, Sana'a, protests turned violent Saturday as anti-...

Police Hold Back Anti-Government Protesters in Algeria

Police in Algeria have been holding back hundreds of anti-government demonstrators who have been trying to rally in central Algiers.Protesters chanted "Algeria free and democratic" Saturday as they tried to reach a central square in the capital.  The French News Agency (AFP) says about 200 managed to enter the square before being turned back by...

Political Protests Spread to Djibouti

Anti-government protests have spread to Djibouti, the tiny, but strategic country that hosts the only U.S. military base in sub-Saharan Africa. Demonstrators are demanding that the president step down.Protesters marched down a Djibouti street Friday after Muslim prayers, demanding that President Ismail Omar Guelleh give up plans to run for a third...

Ethiopian Journalist Alleges Detention for Inciting Egypt-Style Protests

An Ethiopian journalist says he was detained and harassed by federal police after comparing conditions in Ethiopia to those in North African states hit by people power protests.Journalist Eskinder Nega says six heavily-armed policemen jumped from a truck on a busy central Addis Ababa street last week, grabbed him and whisked him away to federal...

Claims of Rigging as Uganda Heads to Polls Friday

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is seeking a fourth term in the country's national elections Friday. As the country prepares for the polls, though, opposition leaders are casting doubt on the transparency of the vote. Polling stations across Uganda will open for the east African nation’s fourth presidential elections since the reinstitution of...

US Treasury Advises Banks to Monitor Egyptian Transactions

The United States Treasury told American banks Wednesday to monitor transactions related to members of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's government.The Treasury said the banks should be looking for financial activities that could involve "misappropriated or diverted state assets."Egyptian opposition leaders have accused members of Mr....

Algeria to End State of Emergency, PM Says

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia says the country's 19-year-old state of emergency will be lifted by the end of the month.Mr. Ouyahia on Wednesday referenced the impact that protests taking place in several Middle Eastern countries have had on Algeria.His announcement follows a statement by Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, who told a...

Libyan Activists Call for More Protests

Libyan activists are calling for nationwide protests Thursday following clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces.Expatriate opposition leaders, Libyan human rights groups and online activists are using the social networking website Facebook to call for "day of rage" protests Thursday. Those calling for the action are...

Opposition Uganda Candidate Predicts 'Hugely Flawed' Election

The leader of Uganda’s main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) told VOA opponents of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni will be participating in what he described as a totally sham election ahead of Friday’s presidential and parliamentary vote. Dr. Kizza Besigye, a former ally of Mr. Museveni, said he chose to participate (as a...

Rural Egyptians Welcome Change, Economic Worries Linger

The Egyptian village of Kafr Torky lies along the banks of the Nile, seemingly a world away from the passions that played out further north, in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Yet even in such a bucolic setting, the demonstrations and ultimate victory of the protesters proved riveting.  The villagers share some of the complaints, especially economic, that...