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Referendum Commission Pleased With Conduct of Sudan Vote

An official of Sudan’s referendum commission told VOA both the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have indicated their willingness to accept the outcome of the just-ended referendum. Commission spokesman George Benjamin said his organization is so far pleased with the conduct of the week-long...

Egyptian Man Gets Death Sentence for Killing Christians

A court in southern Egypt has sentenced a Muslim man to death for his role in the killing one year ago of six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman.The man, Mohamed Ahmed Hussein, is one of three charged in the drive-by shooting that occurred January 6, 2010, in the Egyptian town of Nagaa Hammadi.  The other two are to be sentenced next month....

Tunisia Moves to Form New Coalition Government

Tunisia's acting leadership moved Sunday to form a coalition government, after the ouster last week of former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who ruled for 23-years.Parliamentary Speaker Fouad Mebazza was sworn in as interim president Saturday, a day after President Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia.Mr. Mebazza said he had asked the country's prime...

Tunisian Capital Tense as Interim Leader Sworn in

There were reports of gunfire in Tunis Saturday as police and army tanks patrolled city streets still littered with debris from overnight riots and looting.The Associated Press reports security forces exchanged fire with assailants in front of the Interior Ministry in central Tunis.  AP reporters say two people were seen on the ground and it was...

North and South Sudan: Challenge of Forming Cooperative Ties

    A political expert on Sudan compares the formal break-up of the country to a delicate medical operation. "The situation between north and south is like [separating] Siamese twins. Any surgical mistakes could destroy both of them, " says El Moiz Abunura, a political consultant on Sudan and former senior economist in the Ministry of Energy....

Southern Sudanese Vote in London

Europe’s Southern Sudanese Diaspora has headed to London to vote in Sudan’s referendum on independence. In the heart of central London southern Sudanese from around Europe have come to vote in the country’s referendum. The vote will decide if Sudan is to split in two, creating a new country for Africa. Rita , a southern Sudanese who has also been...

Christian Shot Dead in Egypt Train Attack

Egyptian authorities say a gunman boarded a train in central Egypt Tuesday and opened fire, killing a Christian man and wounding five others.Security officials say police arrested the gunman, who boarded the Cairo-bound train at the town of Samalout in Egypt's Minya province.No motive has been established for the shooting, which comes less than...

Southern Sudanese in Egypt Enthusiastic Over Referendum

An overwhelming majority of southern Sudanese living in Cairo say they are enthusiastic about the referendum on their homeland's separation from the north.In front of the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo’s once chic, but slightly overgrown Garden City neighborhood, people come and go and the employees appear busy stamping visas, passports and other...

Copts on Global High Alert After Egypt Bombing

Coptic Christians worldwide are warily preparing for their traditional Christmas on Friday, going on high alert for possible copycat attacks after a deadly New Year's Day church bombing in Egypt.Churches in Europe and Egypt are receiving extra law enforcement protection, as Copts prepare for their Christmas festivities, celebrated annually on...

Egyptian Government May Have Identified Suspects in Church Bombing

Egyptian investigators say they may have uncovered a number of suspects with possible links to Saturday's church bombing in Alexandria. Meanwhile, Egyptian religious leaders are working to maintain a precarious calm between Christians and Muslims after several days of angry demonstrations.   Egyptian security officials say they have identified a...

Egyptian Worshippers Hold Mass at Church Where Suicide Bombing Killed 21

Christians attended Mass Sunday at an Egyptian Coptic Church one day after an apparent suicide bombing killed 21 worshippers and wounded scores of others.Blood stains from Saturday's early morning attack in the northern city of Alexandria were still visible as the congregation prayed.Witnesses said after the bombing, Coptic Christians tried to...

7 Dead, 24 Wounded in Egypt Church Blast

An explosion has killed at least seven people at a Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt, where worshippers had gathered to celebrate mass on New Year's Eve.Egypt's Interior Ministry said in a statement early Saturday that seven people were killed and 24 wounded in the blast, which occurred about a half-hour after midnight on New Year's Day.The...

Egypt, Libya Leaders Meet with Sudan's Bashir

The leaders of Libya and Egypt are meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Khartoum to discuss the future of his country.Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were to discuss the possible impact of southern Sudan's referendum on independence. Officials say a press statement will be released after the meeting....

'Commitment' of Both Parties Seen as Key to CPA Disagreements

A leading member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA “commitment” from his party, as well as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), is the key to resolving all outstanding issues involving the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Rabie Abdelati Obeid said leaders from neighboring countries will be unable to help...

Water Shortages Could Trigger Mideast Unrest

Water is a scarce resource in the desert regions of the Middle East. Though disputes over water have come close to triggering wars between nations of the region in the past, diplomats intervened to keep tensions to a minimum.  Now a new study suggests that, over the next 20 years, water shortages could trigger unrest  within national borders...