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Sudanese Students Stage Anti-Government Protests

<!--IMAGE-->Sudanese police clashed with students Sunday as anti-government protests broke out in the capital, Khartoum.Hundreds of students took part in the protests, shouting slogans that criticized high prices, the government, and President Omar al-Bashir.At least three demonstrations took place, one in central Khartoum and two at local...

Clinton Calls for 'Orderly Transition' in Egypt

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States wants to see an "orderly transition" to democracy in Egypt, where anti-government protests have resulted in more than 100 deaths since Tuesday.Clinton said on the U.S. television program Fox News Sunday  that the American government does not want to see some sort of "takeover" that...

African Union Summit Opens, Focus on Security

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a 2-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, which opened Sunday in Addis Ababa, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman...

Uncertain Sunday Dawns in Cairo, Israel Monitoring 'With Vigilance'

Egyptians are watching an uncertain Sunday, wondering if more violent anti-government protests are possible.There could also be an announcement identifying new members of embattled President Hosni Mubarak's government, after he named aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq prime minister on Saturday and asked him to form a new cabinet.Many residents of...

AU Summit to Focus on Security Concerns

More than 25 African leaders are in Ethiopia's capital for a two-day summit focusing mainly on political and security concerns. The annual gathering, beginning Sunday, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping says...

Israel Fears Unrest in Egypt Could Jeopardize Peace Treaty

The unrest in Egypt is sending shock waves throughout the Middle East, including in neighboring Israel. Israel is extremely concerned about the situation in Egypt because President Hosni Mubarak has preserved the peace treaty between the two countries for 30 years. Israel considers the treaty a strategic asset, and it fears that a regime change in...

Regional Reaction Mixed For Egypt Protests

The mass protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are drawing mixed reactions in the region.In Iran, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry called on Egyptian authorities to follow what he called the "rightful demands" of the people and avoid any violence against them. The spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said Saturday that the Egyptian...

ElBaradei: President Mubarak Must Go

Egyptian activist and Nobel peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei says President Hosni Mubarak should step down in order to end days of protests against his rule.The former head of the United Nations nuclear monitoring agency told media outlets Saturday that President Mubarak's speech Friday, in which he pledged to form a new government, was "...

Demontrators Gather in Cairo, Mobile Services Resume

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Cairo Saturday, hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fired his Cabinet and defied calls to end his 30-year rule.In his televised speech late Friday, Mr. Mubarak promised to name a new Cabinet Saturday and implement political and economic reforms to appease tens of thousands of protesters who took...

Southern Sudanese Expats Return Home to Help Rebuild

As southern Sudan tries to re-build its institutions, infrastructure and services following decades of conflict, it faces a severe shortage of skilled professionals. Some help, however, is coming from southern Sudanese who have returned home after years abroad. William Deng Deng is a tall man who looks older than his 45 years.  He is one of the...

Internet Shut Down as Egypt Braces for Huge Protests

Egyptian security forces are on high alert across the country as thousands of opposition supporters prepare for major protests after Friday prayers calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.Internet service, a key tool for activists, was shut down across the country shortly after midnight local time. Cell phone text messaging...

Egyptian Protests Expected After Friday Prayers

A university professor told VOA Egyptian demonstrators have vowed to continue their nationwide protests to press home their demands for political and social reforms after Muslim prayers Friday. Howayda Mostafa, professor of mass communication at the University of Cairo, said social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter continue to play a...

Security Developments Play Havoc With AU Summit Agenda

African foreign ministers meeting in Addis Ababa are being confronted with several late-breaking developments as they survey the continent’s rapidly changing security landscape. Reports of non-agenda items such as Tunisia, Egypt and – more recently Gabon – have inserted themselves into the dialogue.These African Union foreign ministers talks were...

Britain Foreign Secretary Calls for Reform in Egypt

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged the Egyptian government to move towards political reform in order to calm growing unrest. But some human rights campaigners say western democracies need to do more to pressure Egypt for change. Speaking on the BBC on Thursday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Egyptian government...

Nations Seek to Prevent Uprisings by Controlling Food Prices

As food prices soar worldwide, experts are advising policymakers that certain strategies to calm the markets - and the populace - do more harm than good.Recent demonstrations in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria recall memories of food riots in several countries in 2007 and 2008. While experts say the situation today has not reached that level, lessons...