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Sudan’s Neighbors to Help Resolve CPA Challenges

A leading member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said leaders in the neighboring countries will soon meet to help resolve all outstanding issues involving the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ahead of next month’s referendum. Rabie Abdelati Obeid told VOA leaders of countries that share borders with Sudan have expressed...

Rain, Sandstorms Kill at Least 31 in Egypt

Egyptian officials say rain and sandstorms that battered the country for several days have killed at least 31 people.The hardest-hit areas were in northern Egypt, where the storms brought heavy rains and wind.At least 13 of the deaths came in a six-story factory building collapse in the northern port city of Alexandria. Building collapses blamed...

Egypt President Dismisses Vote Rigging Charges

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has dismissed accusations by international and local human rights activists that last month's parliamentary vote was fraudulent.Mr. Mubarak said Sunday the violations by some candidates and their supporters were "unacceptable," but that they did not invalidate the overall election.The president's National...

Are GM Crops Africa's Path to Food Security?

For decades, Africa has suffered the ravages of an unpredictable climate, repeating cycles of drought, diminished harvests, hunger and poverty. Now, proponents of genetic engineering see biotechnology leading the continent to a bountiful and prosperous future by genetically modifying crops to resist drought and pests, and fend off disease....

Egyptian Opposition Figure Calls for Election Boycott

A leading opposition figure in Egypt has called for a boycott of next year's presidential election and warns of possible violence if the government does not enact political reforms.Mohammed ElBaradei dismissed Egypt's election process as a "farce" in a video message posted on his Facebook website Wednesday.  The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and...

Hundreds of Eritreans Held Hostage in Sinai

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Egypt to intervene to secure the release of about 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by human traffickers in the Sinai.The United Nations refugee agency says it does not have much information about  the group of Eritreans nor the hostage takers.   It says media reports note the traffickers...

Election Monitors Allege Widespread Fraud in Egyptian Vote

Election monitors in Egypt say widespread fraud marred the country's parliamentary election that is expected to produce a landslide victory for President Hosni Mubarak's party.The Independent Coalition for Elections' Observation said Monday that voting violations, including forgery, raise serious questions about the legitimacy of the new...

Polls in Egyptian Runoff Close Under Protest

Egypt held a second round of voting for parliamentary elections, but with two major opposition groups pulling out because of what they say has been widespread fraud. President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party is expected to win in a landslide.For many this Sunday, the pollution blanketing the capital served as a metaphor for the...

Egyptians Vote in Runoff Election Amid Fraud Allegations

Egyptians are casting ballots Sunday in parliamentary runoff elections expected to bring a landslide victory to President Hosni Mubarak's ruling National Democratic Party.The party is likely to capture all but a handful of seats after the two largest opposition groups pulled out of the elections, alleging fraud in last Sunday's first round of...

Voting Irregularities Mar Egypt Vote

Egypt's main opposition group says the ruling party of President Hosni Mubarak has heavily defeated its candidates in a parliamentary election it says was rigged.The banned Muslim Brotherhood said Monday none of its candidates won a seat outright in the first round of elections, and just a few garnered enough votes to contest a seat in a runoff on...

Egypt Elects New Parliament

Egyptians are voting Sunday to elect a new parliament, as complaints of election violations and harassment from opposition and rights groups are mounting.The Muslim Brotherhood opposition group said Saturday 12 of its supporters were sentenced to two years in prison for using religious slogans in campaigning, in the latest in a series of...

Egyptian Courts Orders Cancellation of Vote in 24 Districts

Egyptian courts have ordered the cancellation of parliamentary elections this Sunday in 24 districts. But it is expected the court's orders will be quashed as the ruling party contests them. The courts have said elections should not be held in 12 districts in the Nile Delta, two districts in the south of the country, and 10 already announced...

1 Killed, Dozens Arrested as Egypt Christians Protest

Egyptian officials say at least one person was killed and dozens injured Wednesday in violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators over construction of a new Christian church.The rioting erupted in the Cairo suburb of Giza, near Egypt's pyramids, after authorities stopped construction of the church. Coptic Christians Copt is a word...

Voters Remain Pessimistic as Egyptian Elections Approach

Egypt's parliamentary elections are less than a week away and even though government officials insist the balloting will be free and fair, many Egyptians remain pessimistic the process will lead to fundamental change.Some are too busy simply trying to make a living in tough economic times to get involved in politics. Others are skeptical about the...

Egypt Rejects International Election Observers, Domestic Monitors Frustrated

The Egyptian government has rejected calls to allow international monitoring of parliamentary elections to be held next Sunday.  The government says foreign oversight would infringe on state sovereignty. However, there are indications that authorities are also not keen on domestic monitors. During voting for the Shura Council, Egypt's upper house...